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

Ingredients for baked BBQ chicken breast on counter

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 the chicken breasts 15 minutes in onto the other side and let it cook for another 15 minutes.)
  • Flip and add more sauce: After 15 minutes (halfway through baking) 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:

Top view of white baking dish with 4 Baked BBQ Chicken Breasts and bowl of BBQ sauce on side

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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 89 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Fat
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 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 total.
  • After 15 minutes into baking the chicken breasts, flip the chicken and brush again with the BBQ sauce and continue to bake until cooked through. for a total of 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 F.
  • 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. 
  • Cook time: Cook the chicken breast for a total of 30 minutes. 15 minutes into baking, flip the chicken, and coat with more BBQ sauce.

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. Brittany says

    In step 3 you should say cook for 15 minutes, not 30 then step 4. We cooked it too long because we thought you cooked for 30 minutes then flipped and cook 15. The rest of the recipe is perfect. Just should be worded a little different.

  2. Lisa says

    Reconcile your cook time of 20 minutes with the actual cook time of 30 minutes AND THEN COOK UNTIL DONE!

    THIS IS INCONVENIENT FOR PEOPLE TRYING TO PLAN, BESIDES MAKING PEOPLE SICK!

    • Rena says

      It is best to cook chicken until it reaches an internal temp of 165 since everyone’s oven varies. I clarified the instructions better. Sorry about the confusion.

  3. Greta says

    5 stars
    Made the bbq chicken yesterday and the family liked it…healthy or not this is a great recipe..the spice mix and sauce meld perfectly…only change made was added a bit of honey to the sauce…thank you kindly for this excellent keeper of a recipe…

  4. Louise C says

    5 stars
    I cannot rave about this recipe enough. It was absolutely delicious. My husband can’t stop talking about how good it was! I’ll definitely be making this chicken again!

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