Easy Baked BBQ Chicken Breast

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Perfectly caramelized outsides and tender, juicy insides, this baked BBQ chicken breast is big on summery barbeque flavors and makes the perfect midweek meal.

Three chicken breasts cooked with BBQ sauce

Ready in less than an hour, my oven-baked BBQ chicken breast delivers perfectly juicy and moist chicken without skimping on taste. Smothered in a sweet and tangy barbeque sauce, it’s easy to make and uses just a few pantry-staple ingredients, making it the perfect choice for meal prepping or for a simple weekday dinner.

Ingredients

Ingredients for baked BBQ chicken breasts
  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts: Choose chicken breasts of even size – they’ll cook at the same time.
  • BBQ Sauce: You can use store-bought or make your own homemade BBQ sauce.
  • Water: You can substitute with chicken or vegetable broth for more flavor.
  • Olive Oil: Or use any neutral cooking oil with a high smoking point – avocado oil is a great option.
  • Seasonings: Smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, black pepper.

How to make baked BBQ chicken breast

Preheat the oven to 350ºF/175ºC. Use a little oil to grease an ovenproof casserole or baking dish.

Season the Chicken: Lay out your chicken breasts flat and drizzle with more olive oil. Cover the chicken with the seasonings, using your hands to make sure they’re all completely covered. For a no-mess version, put the chicken in a Ziplock bag and shake with the spices and oil until covered.

season the chicken breasts

First Bake: Bake in the oven for fifteen minutes uncovered, then remove from the oven.

first bake of chicken breasts

Add BBQ Sauce and bake again: Add ½ of the BBQ sauce over the partially baked chicken breasts, using a pastry brush or spoon to spread it out over all of the chicken breasts. Return to the oven for a further 15 minutes.

apply the first layer of bbq sauce to the chicken breasts

Add more BBQ Sauce and finish baking: Remove the chicken from the oven and add over the rest of the BBQ sauce before cooking for a further 15 minutes. All together, the chicken will have been cooked for 45 minutes.

This cooking method stops the BBQ sauce from burning while letting the baked BBQ chicken breast cook perfectly.

baked chicken breast after applying the second Layer of BBQ Sauce

Check for Doneness: Using a meat thermometer, check the center of the breast. When perfectly cooked, chicken breast should have an internal temperature of 165°F/74°C. If you don’t have a thermometer, check by cutting into the thickest part of the breast. If the juices run clear and there’s no pinkness, the chicken is done.

Rest and serve: Allow the chicken breasts to rest for 10 minutes before serving to allow the BBQ sauce to meld into the meat and the juices to come out. Serve hot with fresh chopped parsley.

serve the babed bbq chicken breast in a white plate

Top tip to perfect baked BBQ chicken

To master this BBQ chicken breast recipe, don’t be tempted to cook it all in one go. The first bake means no dry sauce and perfectly moist, flavorful chicken. Be generous with your BBQ sauce as it’ll allow it to caramelize during the last bake and give your chicken a sweet and sticky glaze.

What to serve with

  • Potatoes: Serve hot with flavorful potato dishes – I love it with parmesan potatoes, creamy mashed potatoes, or some easy roasted potatoes.
  • Veggies: Make good use of your oven and serve with roasted asparagus, broccolini, green beans, or onions.
  • Sides: Pair with comforting sides for the perfect cold-weather meal. Try it with mac and cheese, green bean casserole, or rice.
  • Fruit: It might seem a little strange, but the sweetness of the BBQ sauce works fantastically with fruit! Experiment with sweet and savory flavors like a mango salad, a fruit salad, or dried strawberries for crunch.
BBQ chicken breast served with broccolini

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Easy Baked BBQ Chicken Breast

5 from 6 votes
By: Samira
Perfectly caramelized outsides and tender, juicy insides, this baked BBQ chicken breast is big on summery barbeque flavors and makes the perfect midweek meal.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • 1 Casserole dish or an oven-safe baking dish (9×13 in)

Ingredients 
 

  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast 4 large breasts
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions 

Season The Chicken

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF/175ºC. Use a little oil to grease an ovenproof casserole or baking dish.
  • Lay out your chicken breasts flat and drizzle with more olive oil. Cover the chicken with the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper, and use your hands to make sure they’re all completely covered.
    For a no-mess version, put the chicken in a Ziplock bag and shake with the spices and oil until covered.

Bake in three stages

  • Cook the chicken uncovered for 15 minutes at 350ºF/175ºC.
  • Add ½ of the BBQ sauce over the partially baked chicken breasts, using a pastry brush or spoon to spread it out over all of the chicken breasts. Return to the oven for a further 15 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and pour the rest of the BBQ sauce before cooking for a further 15 minutes. All together, the chicken will have been cooked for 45 minutes.
  • Check for doneness: Using a meat thermometer, check the center of the breast. When perfectly cooked, chicken breast should have an internal temperature of 165°F/74°C. If you don't have a thermometer, check by cutting into the thickest part of the breast. If the juices run clear and there's no pinkness, the chicken is done.
  • Allow the chicken breasts to rest for 10 minutes before serving to allow the BBQ sauce to meld into the meat. Serve hot with fresh chopped parsley.

Notes

To store: Place any leftovers in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. When reheating, warm it thoroughly either in the microwave or oven.
To reheat: Place leftover chicken in a baking dish, spread more BBQ sauce, and reheat in the oven at 350°F/175ºC.
To freeze: Store leftovers in an airtight freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then reheat following the above instructions. 
Check the blog post for serving suggestions!
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Freezer friendly: 3 Months
Shelf life: 3-4 Days

Nutrition

Calories: 447kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 50g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 145mg, Sodium: 949mg, Potassium: 1090mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 1323IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 2mg

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

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