Fill a large bowl with 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of salt. Stir to combine until the salt is dissolved. Add the chicken breasts and let them brine for 15 minutes. Start your stopwatch…or just catch up on your latest Netflix binge for about half an episode’s worth of time.
Remove the chicken from the brine. Rinse them with cold water. Pat dry on a paper towel.
Preheat your oven to 450°F. Place the chicken breasts in a large baking dish. Season the chicken on both sides with a pinch of sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.
Wrap each chicken breast with two strips of bacon until completely coated, then brush with the olive oil and top with the thyme leaves.