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30 Thin Sliced Chicken Breast Recipes for Dinner

Do you ever see a pack of thin-sliced chicken breasts on sale at the store and not know what to make with them? Or do you want to stretch your meat budget by slicing your chicken breasts in half to make more portions? Here are 30 recipes specifically for thin-sliced chicken breasts (aka chicken cutlets) that are perfect for dinner!

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What are thin-sliced chicken breasts?

Thin-sliced chicken breasts are chicken breasts that have been sliced in half (or thinner) by laying them down on a cutting board and slicing horizontally to make a thinner cut of chicken. You can either do this yourself (CAREFULLY!) or you can find thin-sliced chicken breasts packaged at the grocery store. Asking your butcher to slice chicken breasts thinly is also an option, but really, who goes to a butcher nowadays?

Another way to make thin-sliced chicken breasts is to pound a whole chicken breast with a meat mallet until it is thin. This tenderizes the chicken and makes it cook nice and even.

Another word for thin-sliced chicken breasts is "chicken cutlets," so if you come across that in some recipes, you'll know exactly what the recipe means.

Why cook with thin sliced chicken breast

  • It cooks faster because it's thinner.
  • It cooks evenly—it doesn't dry out because it cooks all the way through before the outsides have a chance to dry out and get tough.
  • Most recipes for thin-sliced chicken are easy one-pot recipes with just a few, fresh, flavorful ingredients added.
  • It's a great budget-friendly option. You can take 2 chicken breasts, slice them in half, and make 4 portions! Most people eat just 1 piece of chicken, whether it's thick or thin, so you get double the portions from the same amount of chicken. And if you get lucky and find thin-sliced chicken breasts on sale, then they're ready to cook with right from the package!

Thin-sliced chicken 101

Below you'll find dozens of delicious chicken dinner ideas, but before you look at them I wanted to teach you the basics for how to cook with thin-sliced chicken. Every recipe is a little different, but for the most part, you'll follow these basic steps:

  1. Season your chicken (and/or coat it in breadcrumbs). Salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika (or smoked paprika), onion powder, dried herbs are all great seasonings to try.
  2. Pan-fry your chicken (3-4 minutes per side). Or air fry it (8-10 minutes at ~385F). Or bake it (15-25 minutes at 350F).
  3. Add your toppings (such as cheese, chimichurri sauce, guacamole, fresh tomatoes and herbs), or make and add your sauce (such as with thin-sliced mushrooms, cream & parmesan, marinara).

Of course, some recipes below are a little different, like the ones where the chicken is baked or rolled up. But you can make dozens of different recipes just following the 3 simple steps above.

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Thin Sliced Chicken Breast Recipes for Dinner

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Saturday 9th of March 2024

Love the Marry Me Chicken! Thanks.

Erica S

Monday 10th of July 2023

Great collection! Thanks so much for including my Mex Parm!


Monday 10th of July 2023

Thanks, Erica!

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