Easy and Juicy Baked Thin Sliced Chicken Breasts

Are you tired of rubbery and overcooked chicken breasts? Look no further! We have the perfect recipe for you. With minimum preparation, simple seasoning, and just 15 minutes in the oven, you can enjoy juicy chicken that’s versatile enough to be used in pasta, salads, sandwiches, and more. Let’s dive into the details and learn how to make the best thin sliced chicken breasts.

Cooked seasoned chicken breast on a parchment paper.

Oven-baked thin chicken breast

Chicken breast is a popular choice for many households due to its health benefits and versatility. It’s perfect for quick and easy dinners, especially when paired with steamed rice, salad, or veggies for a complete and nutritious meal.

In the past, larger chicken breasts would often turn out rubbery and overcooked. However, we have a solution to ensure your chicken breasts are perfectly cooked every time. By slicing them into thin cutlets, they will cook faster and more evenly, resulting in tender and juicy meat.

If you’re looking for other ways to cook thinly sliced chicken breasts, you can try Chicken Piccata, baked panko crusted chicken, or breaded chicken cutlets in an air fryer. We even have a recipe for air fryer frozen chicken breasts if you forget to thaw them.

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Ingredients

To make these baked thin sliced chicken breasts, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Chicken breasts: Larger and thicker chicken breasts work best for slicing into cutlets. If you’re not confident in your slicing skills, you can find already thinly sliced chicken breasts in most grocery stores.
  • Olive oil: Extra virgin olive oil is ideal for quick marinades when the baking time is under 30 minutes. It tenderizes the meat and helps the seasoning penetrate the meat.
  • Seasoning: We recommend a simple homemade seasoning mix consisting of salt, paprika, dried oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. However, feel free to use your favorite herbs and spices combinations, such as Mexican, Italian, or Mediterranean.
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How to slice the chicken breast into thin cutlets

  1. Start by patting dry the chicken breast with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Trim off any loose fat, connective tissue, or tenderloin (a small strip of meat attached to the whole breast).
  2. Lay one chicken breast flat on a cutting board and slice it horizontally from the thick side to the other side using a large sharp knife. Aim for slices that are ⅛-1/4 inch thick.
  3. If the slices are unevenly cut, don’t worry. You can still cook them without affecting the taste.
  4. For even thickness and tenderizing, you can either pound the meat using a meat hammer, rolling pin, or even an empty bottle. Alternatively, you can use a fork to pierce the chicken a few times to tenderize it.

Raw chicken breast being sliced in half horizontally on a white cutting board.

Step-by-step baking directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine salt, paprika, oregano, garlic powder, and onion powder to create a seasoning mix. Rub both sides of the chicken with the seasoning, then rub a thin layer of olive oil on both sides. Let the chicken rest on the counter for 15 minutes. If you plan to cook it later, cover and let it marinate in the fridge.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F (or adjust the temperature based on the baking instructions below) and line a baking pan with parchment paper. Place the seasoned chicken cutlets on the prepared baking pan.
  3. Bake the chicken in the oven for about 15-17 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. The cooking time may vary depending on your oven and the thickness of the chicken.
  4. Once cooked, remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
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Baking temperature and time variations:

  • 425°F: Reduce the time to 12-15 minutes.
  • 350°F: Increase the time to 20-23 minutes.

Cooked chicken breasts on parchment paper with a thermometer inserted that shows 165°F.

Recipe tips

  • Use thicker and larger chicken breasts for easier slicing into thin cutlets.
  • Partially freezing the chicken breasts can make them easier to slice.
  • If you prefer not to pound the meat, use a fork to pierce the chicken a few times to tenderize it.
  • Before baking, let the chicken come to room temperature for at least 15 minutes to ensure even cooking.

Serving ideas

These simply seasoned baked thin sliced chicken breasts can be enjoyed in various ways:

  • Main dish: Pair the chicken with your favorite side dish, such as roasted sweet potatoes, salads, or Mediterranean rice.
  • Salads or sandwiches: Slice the chicken and add it to any salad, sandwich, or wrap for a protein-packed meal.
  • Pizza: Cube the chicken and toss it on your favorite pizza for extra protein.
  • Pasta: Create a quick and easy pasta dish by adding sliced chicken and your favorite sauce.

Make ahead

If you have leftovers or want to prepare in advance, here are some options:

  • Refrigerate the cooked chicken for up to 3 days in an airtight container. Allow it to cool before refrigerating. You can cube the meat for easy use in different dishes throughout the week.
  • Freeze the cooled-down cooked chicken for up to 3 months.

A glass container with cubed cooked chicken breasts.

Conclusion

Now you have the knowledge and technique to make easy and juicy baked thin sliced chicken breasts. Whether you’re using them for pasta, salads, sandwiches, or any other dish, this recipe will give you tender and flavorful chicken every time. Remember to try out different seasonings and experiment with various serving ideas to make it your own. Enjoy your cooking experience with Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ!

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