Baked thin chicken breast is the perfect way to quickly whip up a protein-packed meal. They cook fast, are the perfect portion size, and can be seasoned with whatever herbs and spices you have on hand. This recipe is the ultimate healthy dinner hack — it’s easy to make and will keep you full and satisfied without all of the extra calories.
Baking thin chicken breast at 400 degrees allows for better browning and crispiness, but it’s still important to monitor the oven temperature closely to ensure that they don’t overcook. I recommend using an instant-read thermometer to ensure that the chicken has reached 165 degrees F before removing it from the oven.
To prevent overcooking, I find it helpful to pound each chicken breast to an even thickness before baking. You can use a meat hammer or rolling pin to do this. Pounding also helps the seasoning penetrate deeper into the chicken.
I usually use a combination of salt and pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. This is my favorite seasoning for baked chicken breast, but feel free to experiment with other flavors as well! For example, for Italian add a sprinkle of oregano or if you want to try something more spicy you can use a Cajun spice blend or store-bought BBQ chicken rub.