Perfectly seasoned with oil, butter, salt, and pepper, our baked thin chicken breast recipe is just the thing for soups, salads, meal prep, or any dish that calls for pre-cooked chicken. We are oven roasting our chicken cutlets in just 12-minutes leaving these roasted thin sliced chicken pieces flavorful and juicy, and, of course, a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!.
Thin Chicken Breast in Oven
We do a lot of meal-prep in our home and utilize quite a few recipes that call for pre-cooked chicken. And while we have a fabulous method for boiled chicken breast, and a seriously amazing 20-second shredded chicken secret, the reality is we don’t always want boiled, shredded chicken for our soups, salads, and other meals that need pre-cooked chicken.
Thankfully, chicken cutlets can be roasted in the oven in no time! These thin chicken breast pieces are just the thing when we are looking to have some lean protein options.
Whether you are topping a salad, including our keto cobb salad or our Greek salad, adding them to a pot of soup, like this crack chicken soup, using them in a casserole for a quick, hearty dinner, or serving them right in the pan juices, our baked thin chicken recipe is one you are going to want to save and hang on to for years to come.
Why You’ll Love This!
- Our baked thin chicken recipe is the ultimate canvas for your chicken cutlets! Simply change out the seasoning to fit your recipes and use our steps and method to create perfect thin chicken breast in the oven every time.
- Roasting up in just 12-minutes, baked thin chicken is the best way to evenly cook chicken breast meat for your soups, salads, and dinners!
- As a low-fat protein option baked thin sliced chicken breast is ideal for any healthy lifestyle including gluten-free, low-carb, keto, Whole30, paleo, sugar-free, and dairy-free (paleo and Whole30 both require a slight modification but those are listed below).
- This whole recipe requires just 5 ingredients, most of which are kitchen basics!
Chicken cutlets are a seriously versatile cut of white meat chicken and we love being as creative as we can with it. If you love serving up chicken cutlets in your home as much as we do, be sure to try our baked breaded chicken cutlets as well as our breaded air fryer chicken cutlets.
Our thin chicken breast in the oven recipe is one that requires just a few kitchen staples, items that you are sure to always have on hand, making this a super easy recipe to keep handy!
- chicken breasts – cut the beasts in half lengthwise to make cutlets
- olive oil
- butter – melted
- fine sea salt
- ground black pepper
- Chicken Breasts – You can either opt to purchase boneless chicken breasts and create your own cutlets by cutting them, or purchase chicken cutlets or thing sliced chicken breast from the store already cut.
- Seasoning – Change the seasoning of your baked thin chicken breast to coordinate with the dishes you’re serving the recipe with. For Italian add a sprinkle of Italian seasoning, for a Greek flavor add a sprinkle of oregano. Cajun, BBQ chicken rub, or store-bought seasonings like McCormicks all work great as well.
- Whole30– Omit the butter and either use extra oil or a whole30 approved butter substitute.
- Paleo – Replace the butter with ghee.
Step by Step Instructions
Making our baked thin chicken breast recipe is super simple, even your kids can work on it. We are simply going to prep and season the chicken before letting it roast in the oven.
And because chicken cutlets are so thin, they will be done in just 12-minutes!
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prepare the chicken by cutting two large chicken breasts in half lengthwise and cutting off the fat.
Using paper towels, blot the chicken breast dry. Removing some of the moisture helps make the breasts crispy.
Place the prepared chicken cutlets on a baking sheet.
In a small bowl mix the olive oil and melted butter. Brush the oil and butter mixture onto both sides of the chicken.
Sprinkle the chicken with sea salt and pepper.
Bake the thin chicken breasts for a 6-minutes, then flip.
Continue baking for an additional 6-7 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken is 160 F.
Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Serve with the pan juices or inside your favorite soups, salads, or casseroles.
- For even cooking, be sure to preheat your oven before you begin cooking your oven-baked chicken cutlets.
- Purchasing precut chicken cutlets will save you few minutes of prep time meaning your thin baked chicken cutlets will be ready even faster!
- However, you can make your own chicken cutlets easily at home by slicing your chicken breast lengthwise into two pieces.
- Chicken cutlets can be pounded thin with a meat mallet to get perfectly even breasts between two sheets of wax paper but it’s not essential to do this.
Yes they are used interchangeably by stores. If you unsure that you are purchasing the right thing, check with the butcher or meat department.
You are going to want to cook chicken cutlets until the internal temperature is 160 F. In a 400 degree oven they only take 12-13 minutes. We do recommend that you use a digital thermometer to check the temperature of your chicken before you serve it.
More Chicken Cutlet Recipes
Looking for more chicken cutlet recipes?
- Baked Breaded Chicken Cutlets
- Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets
- Parmesan Crusted Chicken
- Chicken Parmesan Bake No Breading
- Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake
- 1.5 lb chicken, cut the breasts in half lengthwise
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Prepare the chicken by cutting two large chicken breasts in half, cutting off the fat. Blot the chicken breast dry, removing some of the moisture helps make the breasts crispy.
- Lay the chicken cutlets on a baking sheet.
- In a small bowl mix the olive oil and melted butter. Brush the oil and butter mixture onto both sides of the chicken.
- Sprinkle the chicken with sea salt and pepper.
- Bake the thin chicken breasts for a total of 12-13 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken is 160 F. Flip the chicken halfway through the cooking time.
- Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with the pan juices. Enjoy!
Many grocery stores carry prepackaged thin chicken breasts, some brands call these chicken cutlets. You can purchase them precut (for a slightly higher price) or you can cut these yourself at home.
Change the seasoning to coordinate with the dishes you're serving the recipe with. For Italian add a sprinkle of Italian seasoning, for a Greek flavor add a sprinkle of oregano. Cajun, chicken rub, or store-bought seasonings like McCormicks all work great as well.
Chicken cutlets can be pounded thin with a meat mallet to get perfectly even breasts between two sheets of wax paper but it's not essential to do this.
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