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

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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 or even use a homemade BBQ sauce for a lighter option.

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 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 less than an hour with this recipe. It’s so simple to make, perfect for busy days.
  • Delicious! This baked BBQ Chicken recipe is juicy, tender, and covered in the most flavorful sticky BBQ sauce.
Up close view of baked BBQ chicken breast covered in BBQ sauce.

Ingredients you’ll need

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

  • Chicken breasts: if you prefer using boneless and skinless chicken thighs you can.
  • Avocado oil: you may use avocado oil.
  • Seasonings: smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and white pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • BBQ sauce: you can get a good low-sugar store-bought BBQ sauce or make your own at home. Check out our Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe.
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 the chicken in the oven for about 40-50 minutes. (Flip the chicken breasts 20 minutes in onto the other side and let it cook for another 20 minutes.)
  • Flip and add more sauce: After 20 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 it 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.
  • Want to make this sweeter? Add in some brown sugar or honey with the BBQ sauce.
top view of 4 baked chicken breast in a white dish

Frequently asked questions

Can I make this with drumsticks instead?

Chicken drumsticks cook differently than chicken breasts. 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.

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

What to serve with Barbecue Chicken

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

side shot of baked bbq chicken breast in white dish

Storing and Reheating

  • Storing: To store leftovers, place them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Reheating: You may either reheat the barbeque chicken breasts in the microwave or a preheated oven for 5-7 minutes. Feel free to add more BBQ sauce if needed.

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4.99 from 293 votes

Baked BBQ Chicken Breast

By: Rena
Servings: 4 -6
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
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Total: 55 minutes
top view bbq chicken breast in white dish
This Baked BBQ Chicken Breast recipe is a fast and easy 40 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.

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 40-50 minutes total.
  • After 20 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 40 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 it 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 time varies depending on the oven
  • Please note: ovens are different so the baking time for individual ovens will vary

Nutrition

Serving: 1chicken breastCalories: 429kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 52gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 1672mgPotassium: 938mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 1361IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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190 Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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!!!

  3. 5 stars
    Best BBQ chicken I’ve ever had, couldn’t recommend more! And super easy too, my favorite recipe to make.

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

  4. 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?

    1. 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

  5. 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!

    1. 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!

      1. 5 stars
        I made this last night and my boyfriend, who is a picky eater, couldn’t get enough .. definitely saving this to my favorites! Thanks for a great recipe!

  6. 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”.