Baked BBQ Chicken Breast

By Rena |

This Baked BBQ Chicken Breast recipe is a fast and easy 30-minute dinner that the whole family will love. The chicken is covered in a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce, then baked until perfectly juicy and caramelized. It’s perfect for busy weeknights and can be made healthy with low-sugar BBQ sauce. 

Top view 4 baked chicken breasts with bbq sauce in white baking dish

If you love recipes that are healthy, kid-friendly, and easy to make this Baked BBQ Chicken Breast recipe is just for you. This chicken is smothered in a tangy, sticky BBQ sauce that is so tasty! It’s packed with protein and completely gluten-free, plus it can be made with low-sugar or sugar-free BBQ sauce for a healthier dinner. 

Want to make it a full meal? Serve with our Garlic Parmesan Baked Potato Wedges or our Healthy Potato Salad. Check out more side suggestions below.

Why this Chicken Breast recipe is great

  • A handful of simple ingredients. You only need a few ingredients and you likely have them on hand already. 
  • Fast and easy. You can have dinner on the table in 30 minutes with this recipe. It’s so simple to make, perfect for busy days. 
  • Delicious! Baked BBQ Chicken Breast is juicy, tender, and covered in the most flavorful sticky BBQ sauce.
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Ingredients you’ll need

This is just a list of ingredients you will need to make the Baked BBQ Chicken Breast. Full measurements are listed further down below.

Chicken breasts
Avocado oil
Seasonings: smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and white pepper
Kosher salt
BBQ sauce

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how to make baked bbq chicken breast

  • Preheat the oven to 375° F. Then grease a casserole dish with a bit of oil.
  • Season chicken: Place the chicken breast into a large Ziploc bag. Add oil, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, white pepper, and salt. Shake well until fully coated with oil and spices.
  • Add BBQ sauce and bake: Next, place the chicken into the prepared dish. Brush the breast with half of the BBQ sauce and bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes.
  • Flip and add more sauce: After 15 minutes flip the chicken and brush again with the BBQ sauce and continue to bake until cooked through.
  • Serve: Once done, remove from the oven. Slice and serve warm with the remaining BBQ sauce.

Tips and Substitutes

  • Chicken: Try to use chicken breasts that are close in size so that they bake evenly. You may use boneless chicken thighs.
  • Avocado oil: You can also substitute with canola oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil. 
  • Smoked paprika: You can also use regular paprika, but smoked paprika adds a lot more flavor. 
  • White pepper: Substitute with ground black pepper if needed. 
  • BBQ sauce: For a healthier dinner, choose a low-sugar or sugar-free BBQ sauce.
Up close view of baked BBQ chicken breast covered in BBQ sauce.

faqs

Can I make this with drumsticks instead? 

Chicken drumsticks cook differently than chicken breast. To make drumsticks, try this Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks recipe.

How do I know when the chicken is done? 

The easiest way to know if your chicken is done is to test it with a thermometer. Once the thickest part of the breast reaches 165 degrees, the chicken is ready to eat. Be careful not to overcook the chicken or it will be dry. 

How long does BBQ chicken stay good? 

Store this chicken in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can reheat it in the microwave or in the oven until warmed through.

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What to serve with BBQ Chicken

You can serve this Baked BBQ Chicken Breast with any easy sides you like! For a well-rounded meal, choose a vegetable, healthy grain, and serving of fruit to go with the protein-dense chicken. Here are some ideas to get you started:

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Baked BBQ Chicken Breast

This Baked BBQ Chicken Breast recipe is a fast and easy 30 minute dinner that the whole family will love. The chicken is covered in a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce, then baked until perfectly juicy and caramelized.
5 from 33 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 429kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 4 large chicken breasts about 1.5 lbs. total
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil plus more to grease the pan
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375° F. Grease a casserole dish with a bit of oil.
  • Place the chicken breast into a large Ziploc bag. Add oil, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, white pepper, and salt. Shake well until fully coated with oil and spices.
  • Next, place the chicken into the prepared dish. Brush the breast with half of the BBQ sauce and bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes flip the chicken and brush again with the BBQ sauce and continue to bake until cooked through.
  • Once done, remove from the oven. Slice and serve warm with the remaining BBQ sauce.

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Notes

  • Chicken: Try to use chicken breasts that are close in size so that they bake evenly.
  • Avocado oil: You can also substitute with canola oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil. 
  • Smoked paprika: You can also use regular paprika, but smoked paprika adds a lot more flavor. 
  • White pepper: Substitute with ground black pepper if needed.
  • BBQ sauce: For a healthier dinner, choose a low-sugar or sugar-free BBQ sauce.
  • Storage: Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1chicken breast | Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1672mg | Potassium: 938mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1361IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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Comments

  1. Alyssa says

    5 stars
    Saved it as my favorite recipe! It’s my go to! My husband and daughter and myself am obsessed! I never have white pepper so I have to use black pepper instead but it’s sooo delicious! Thank you for sharing this! ☺️

  2. Sue says

    5 stars
    Delicious and quick way to have a BBQ chicken dinner–without the slow cooker!
    Only thing I would change is to eliminate the salt–most BBQ sauces are high in sodium and provide more than enough.

  3. Ruthi Schklar says

    5 stars
    I found your site accidentally but the reviews were so positive I decided to try this one. I’m SO GLAD I did! My husband, the pickiest eater ever, loved the chicken. He ate his piece and part of mine too and he usually doesn’t do that, so he really liked it!. My only change was to switch to black pepper because I didn’t have white- otherwise, I made it as written. Winner-winner, Chicken dinner!

  4. Barbara says

    5 stars
    I am eating this chicken right now as I write this, It is absolutely delicious, I made the recipe exactly as written. Finally a recipe for chicken breasts that produces tender chicken!

  5. Joan Johnson says

    5 stars
    My husband made this delicious BBQ CHICKEN BREAST TODAY!
    WE LOVE THIS RECIPE
    I WILL RECOMMEND THIS TO MY FRIENDS. YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED!!!

  6. Paul Rogo says

    5 stars
    Best BBQ chicken I’ve ever had, couldn’t recommend more! And super easy too, my favorite recipe to make.

    • Rena says

      Yes. I would go for 10 minutes less. keep an eye on it for doneness or use a thermometer to check the temp

  7. Karina says

    I’m confused. After you flip the chicken, do you brush it wish what’s fallen off into the pan or the other half of the sauce?

    • Rena says

      Yes. Brush with the same BBQ in the pan. The remaining BBQ goes on after its done baking. If you prefer you may add the BBQ when you flip and bake again

  8. Brianna says

    5 stars
    The chicken turned out to be so juicy and the BBQ sauce tasted so yummy with it. My husband and children loved it!

    • Ang says

      5 stars
      I made this last night. Everyone really liked it. I didn’t have chicken breasts quite as big as the recipe described so I baked them for 13 minutes per side and they came up juicy and tasty. Loved that BBQ smell in the house too!

  9. John Hoft says

    Grammatically speaking;

    “How do I know the when the chicken is done?” should be changed to “How do I know when the chicken is done?”.

    Also, under Ingredients:
    “4 large chicken breasts about 1.5 lbs.” should be “…about 1.5 lbs. total” or …about 1.5 lbs. combined”.

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