Baked Thin Sliced Chicken Breasts Recipe


For many reasons, chicken breasts are one of the most popular forms of meat eaten in the United States. Chicken Breasts offer many nutritional benefits, a wide range of meal options, and easy cooking. The only thing that’s missing from so many chicken breast recipes is a delicious flavor and texture.

So today, I’m going to give you a recipe that’s nutritious and easy to make but delicious with a good texture. I have experimented with many different recipes, from marinating to smoking the chicken and applying different rubs or sauces. After all of my experimenting and trying other things with chicken breasts, I have found what I believe to be the best version of baked thin sliced chicken breasts that are skinless and boneless.

What Are Baked Thin Sliced Chicken Breasts?

Baked, Thin-Sliced, Chicken Breasts are a widespread form of chicken for many recipes. Thin-sliced chicken makes for a great meat substance in many different meals, and you can obtain it by purchasing sliced chicken cutlets or simply cutting a chicken breast yourself.

Baking chicken breasts have become increasingly popular due to the ease of the recipes. Baking chicken makes for a straightforward process that’s also fast!

Ingredients for Baked Thin Sliced Chicken Breasts

The essential ingredient is your chicken breast. Whether you slice your whole chicken breast, buy pre-sliced chicken, or another alternative, they will all work as long as they are thinly cut! For this recipe, I use four chicken breasts that are around 5 ounces each. Ideally, the chicken slices should be about half an inch thick, which is vital to maintain an even level of cooking the chicken.

The second ingredient(s) is seasoning. This is entirely personal preference, as you can choose the seasonings that fit your preferences. But for those who are looking for inspiration, I have a small list of recommended spices for your Chicken Breasts:

Baked Thin Sliced Chicken Breasts Recipe

5 Easy Steps for Baked Thin Sliced Chicken Breasts

Baked, Thin-Sliced, Chicken Breasts are a widespread form of chicken for many recipes. Thin-sliced chicken makes for a great meat substance in many different meals, and you can obtain it by purchasing sliced chicken cutlets or simply cutting a chicken breast yourself.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Resting Time 5 mins
Total Time 42 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine International, Mediterranean
Servings 4
Calories 225 kcal


  • 1 tsp of Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp of Paprika
  • 1 tsp of Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp of Onion Powder
  • ½ tsp of Salt
  • ½ tsp of Pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp of Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp of Lemon Juice


Create Your Seasoning Blend

  • Whether you’re choosing to use your own choice of seasoning or the recommended list I gave you, it’s a good idea to pre-mix all the seasonings. To do this, you’ll need at least one acidic liquid in your seasoning, which is why I chose lemon juice. Simply get a small bowl and mix all of the chosen spices in that bowl.
  • Then, add the lemon juice (or another acid) to the mix last, creating a rub/sauce mix.

Slice Your Chicken Breasts (Skip if Pre-Sliced)

  • You’ll want to cut your chicken breasts into thin chicken strips, ideally around half an inch thick. The thin slices allow this recipe to cook thoroughly in a short amount of time and let the marinade get deeper into the chicken breast, enhancing the flavor.

Marinate/Season Your Chicken Breasts

  • Once you have your marinade and a mix of spices, it’s time to prepare your chicken breasts. Put the sliced chicken into the bowl containing the marinade and mix it well. It is best if your chicken slices are thoroughly covered in the marinade, as it will maximize the flavor once baked.
  • Once you have covered your chicken slices in the marinade and spices, it is recommended to let the chicken marinate. For the best flavor, you can marinade the chicken for 24 hours before cooking it, but if you don’t have that long, don’t worry! If you leave the chicken to marinate in the sauce/spices for at least 15 minutes, it will maintain most of the flavor.
  • Note: Try not to have big clumps of seasoning or marinade, as it will cook unevenly and spread the flavor unevenly as well. Refrigerating the marinated chicken helps spot the clumps and enhances the flavor.

Preheat Your Oven to 450 Degrees Fahrenheit

  • 450 Degrees is undoubtedly hot for any oven, but that’s the point! I have found that baking chicken is best when done at high heat for a lower time, as opposed to low heat for a long time. Some other meats, such as steak, are best done at a low temperature for a longer period, but Chicken Breasts come out best at very high heat, which is why I chose 450 degrees.
  • While your oven is heating up to 450 degrees, you should place your chicken slices onto a baking pan lined with baking paper. Try to align your chicken evenly on the baking pan as possible to ensure an even cook. Once you have all your chicken slices on the pan, seal the entire pan of chicken in foil. The foil keeps the chicken moist while cooking and prevents a dry recipe of chicken breasts.

Cook for 12 Minutes 

  • At 450 degrees, you should cook your chicken breasts for about 12 minutes! Although this is for chicken that is sliced at about half an inch, so you might have to add or subtract a few minutes based on the thickness of the slices.
  • For chicken that is sliced thinner than half an inch, you can take off a few minutes and monitor for when the chicken is finished.
    For chicken that is sliced thicker than half an inch, you can add a few minutes and monitor for when the chicken is finished.
  • Note: You should keep an eye on the chicken as it's cooking to ensure the best quality meal. Depending on the amount of chicken, the number of spices, and your oven’s efficiency, your meal might take slightly less time or slightly more.

Tips & Tricks for Baked Thin Sliced Chicken Breasts

I’ll give you my tips to ensure the best thin-sliced chicken breasts possible!

Make Sure the Chicken is Fully Thawed

One common mistake that people make when baking chicken breasts is not fully thawing out the chicken beforehand. Instead, the chicken must be brought to room temperature, all the way throughout the chicken breasts. People will often assume it is thawed out because it is on the exterior, but the inside of the chicken is still very cold.

Baking chicken that isn’t entirely at room temperature can lead to uneven cooking and the possibility of undercooking your chicken.

thin sliced chicken breast

Make Sure the Chicken Slices Aren’t Too Close Together When Cooking

When placing your marinated chicken slices on the baking sheet, it’s important not to put them right next to each other. However, maintaining about an inch of space between each piece will allow them to cook correctly and have the most even cook possible.

If your chicken slices are touching one another or laid on top of each other, you will end up with certain slices that are overcooked while others aren’t cooked enough.

Nutrition Information of Baked Thin Sliced Chicken Breasts

When making this recipe with the measurements I provided, this recipe makes four servings that are about 225 calories each. The entire recipe comes out to about 900 calories (depending on the number of spices and chicken) and contains 140 grams of protein.

It’s incredibly healthy as it provides a lot of protein and not many calories or fats!

Join the Conversation

  1. krisdecam says:

    Love this recipe. Became fam favorite after first try.

  2. ColoradoCooking says:

    We really enjoyed these. I will definitely make these again – thank you!

  3. I’ve had this recipe for a couple of yrs and just made it this past weekend.

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