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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.

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

Hi, I’m Rena! Welcome to my blog. I am here to help you prepare delicious, light, fresh meals that your whole family will love!

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190 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is the best bbq chicken I’ve ever had. It was so flavorful and juicy. I cooked it for about an hour total.

      1. 5 stars
        Love this recipe so much! It’s my go to now for simple yet delicious bbq chicken! And without the guilt!! Thank you!

      1. Uncovered. But you can cover it if you like and for the last 8-10 minutes uncover it. I hardly every cover chicken when baking

  2. 5 stars
    This was delicious!! Took a little longer to cook but chicken always varies. Such a easy, simple but absolutely delicious recipe. I’ll definitely be making it again

  3. Planning to bake in a convection oven. Should I cover for a portion of the time so the fan doesn’t dry out the chicken?

  4. 5 stars
    I usually don’t comment but this was delicious. I do consider myself an above average cook and am impressed this only took a few simple steps

  5. Why in the word does it say there are 1672 mg of sodium per serving in this? The recipe only calls for 1/2 tsp kosher salt for the whole thing which is only 560 mg. If it’s the bbq sauce (I make my own without salt so no idea how much sodium is in commercial sauce) then this really isn’t a “healthy” meal as one serving would account for 70% of your daily sodium.

  6. I have a question; I’m a little confused about the cooking time. First, times are listed as 10 mins for prep and 20 minutes to cook. Then in the directions, you say to cook for 30 minutes. then after 15 minutes turn the chicken and bake until cooked through. So… if I understand, I cook for 15 mins, turn, baste and bake for… another 15? Less?

    Thank you in advance!

    1. Hi There. The total bake time is 30 minutes. So yes, after the first 15 minutes, flip it. Depending on the thickness of the chicken breast, it may need a bit more time.

  7. 5 stars
    I am not new to cooking, been cooking family dinners since I was 9. I am now 35 and one of my hobbies us reading recipes in n books, magazines and on the net. I don’t often cook a recipe untwined I saw this recipe and thought YES!

    1. Going to try this tonight. But it says 30 minutes but the total cookies time is 45 minutes. A bit misleading

      1. That’s including the prep time. It will need 30-40 minutes of bake time in the oven depending on your oven.

  8. Made this recipe for Sunday dinner. The chicken was delicious. I took my favorite barbeque sauce and added 1/3 cup brown sugar. That made it spicy, sweet, and juicy.

  9. 5 stars
    Rena, thank you for the excellent recipe! That was a remarkably quick lunch to prepare. The meal is not only healthful, but it also takes the bare minimum of ingredients, making it ideal for hectic days. The ultimate result was tasty, tender, and juicy chicken that enticed your tastebuds.

  10. 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! ☺️

  11. 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.

  12. 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!