Chicken With Bbq Sauce

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Everybody loves chicken! And have you ever tried chicken with bbq sauce? It’s really good! I’ve made this dish many times, and each time I make it, everyone asks for seconds! I’ll get to the recipe in a second, though — first, let me tell you about how to prepare this dish.

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. 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.
side shot of baked bbq chicken breast in white dish

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.
Raw chicken in zipper bag with oil and seasonings
  • 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.

The Best BBQ Chicken

The best BBQ chicken breast recipe doesn’t call for complicated marinades or rubs. It’s all about this easy on-the-grill or in-the-oven cooking method sweetened with BBQ sauce for moist and juicy barbecue chicken breasts every time.

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BBQ chicken, whether cooked on the grill or baked in the oven, is one of those dinners nobody at the table will complain about. Unless it’s dry and overcooked. But that is NOT this recipe. It’s a basic anyone can easily master, so that they too can claim their BBQ chicken is the best on the block.

This recipe is simple and it’s ready quick. There’s no extra time needed for marinades or fancy rubs. All you need is good quality chicken breasts, a hot grill or oven, and your favorite BBQ sauce to slather.

Grab the napkins my friends. Let’s cook us some barbecue chicken.

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Boneless Chicken Breast or Bone-in Chicken Breast?

Boneless chicken breasts won’t have as much flavor as the bone-in/skin-on variety. That’s why basting in BBQ sauce at the end of the cooking time is where you’ll find a lot of flavor. And when seasoned and cooked correctly, even my recipe for basic sauce-less grilled chicken breasts can taste flavorful and juicy every time.

Most chicken eaters prefer the white meat of chicken breasts. So for chicken that’s cooked quick, I use basic, skinless, boneless chicken breasts. Of course you can use this same cooking method for skin-on, bone-in BBQ chicken breasts, or for legs and thighs too. The technique is the same, the cooking times will vary.

Larger chicken breasts do not always translate to better chicken. Bigger breasts take longer to cook, and cook unevenly or overcook. Look for chicken breasts that are between 6 to 9 ounces per piece. If you’re chicken breasts are thin on the ends and fat in the middle, trim the thin ends off so they don’t crisp and burn..

If you want an extra fast BBQ chicken breast, slice your boneless breasts in half lengthwise to make two thin cutlets. They’ll cook in half the time.

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What’s the Difference Between Grilling and Barbecue?

What’s meant by bbq chicken? Is it grilled or is it barbecue? And what the bid dif? The difference between barbecued chicken and grilled chicken is largely a difference in symantics—and where you position the lid.

BBQ chicken is cooked with the lid of the grill closed to create an oven effect, so the heat circulates around the protein and cooks slower from all sides. Grilling is cooking with the lid open and over a higher, more direct heat source. That’s where you’ll get that sear so delicious on steaks and burgers.

But when you’re using on BBQ sauce on chicken, a hot, direct heat source is NOT what you want. Unless you like your BBQ chicken barbecue sauce charred and burned.

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How Long to Cook BBQ Chicken

Whether you cook this BBQ chicken on the grill or in the oven, you’ll want to cook the chicken nearly all the way through before adding the BBQ sauce at the end. Sauces like BBQ sauce contain a fair amount of sugar that can easily burn. Adding the sauce at the end and searing quickly minimizes the chance of it burning.

What Temperature to Cook BBQ Chicken

Cook the chicken until the internal temperature is 160°F and juices run clear, then allow to sit for 5 minutes before cutting. The internal heat will raise the temperature to a safe 165°F while still keeping your chicken juicy and tender.

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How to Cook BBQ Chicken On the Grill

Prepare clean grill grates to minimize sticking and preheat the grill at 400-450°F. Drizzle the chicken breasts with olive or canola oil and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Arrange the breasts on the hot grill grates and cook for 4-6 minutes with the lid closed. If the chicken sticks to the grill grate, let it cook a minute more before trying to flip again. Cook on the second side for another 4-5 minutes. Baste with your favorite BBQ sauce, flip, and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Repeat on the other side side. The chicken is done when the internal temp is 160°F and the juices run clear. Let the chicken rest a few minutes for the temp to raise to 165°F and the juices to settle before serving.

How to Cook BBQ Chicken In the Oven

Preheat the oven to 450°F and drizzle each chicken breast with oil and season with kosher salt and black pepper. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Brush the top side of the chicken with BBQ sauce, return to the oven and cook for 5-8 minutes longer, or until the sauce bubbles and begins to char and the internal temperature is 160°F and the juices run clear. Let the chicken rest a few minutes before serving.

Two Ingredient Crispy Oven BBQ Chicken

This crispy oven bbq chicken recipe uses only TWO INGREDIENTS –  barbecue sauce and chicken (plus a little olive oil, salt, and pepper) – to make the crispiest, most perfectly glazed, sweet, sticky, and juicy baked barbecue chicken you will ever have.

A platter of oven bbq chicken thighs and drumsticks

That’s right- only TWO INGREDIENTS! Your favorite BBQ sauce, and some chicken, along with a little oil, salt, and pepper.

And the other great thing- this recipe doesn’t require any marinating! You can just dive right in and cook it quickly.

There are a few tricks to getting the BEST, crispiest, juiciest oven bbq chicken with a thick, sticky, sweet glaze of bbq sauce on top. In this post, I’ll go over exactly how to make the best oven bbq chicken ever. There’s a reason why this recipe has been rated 5 stars by over 70 people and has been pinned almost 400K times!

What cut of chicken is best to use for oven bbq chicken?

For the juiciest, most tender oven bbq chicken, you’re definitely going to want to use bone-in, skin on chicken pieces for this. I used a mix of thighs and drumsticks, and I do recommend using thighs and/or legs, since dark meat is harder to overcook and almost always tastes juicier than white.

Here’s a general run-down of which cuts are worst and best for oven bbq chicken:

  • Worst: boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Not quite as bad: boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Better: bone-in, skin on chicken breasts
  • Best: bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and/or legs

If you want to use chicken breasts, I recommend making sure you get bone-in, skin on breasts. Or at the very least, bone-in. The skin and the bone both help keep the chicken super juicy. And if you use dark meat as well, you’ve hit the trifecta! Using bone-in, skin on dark meat guarantees juicy, tender chicken every time. As a bonus: these pieces are generally a lot less expensive!

If you really want to use boneless, skinless chicken breasts, make sure you cook them for less time. Check out the recipe notes for how to do it. For a recipe that uses bone-in, skin OFF chicken thighs, check out this Spiced Chicken and Rice with Apples and Raisins.

A white plate holding green beans, potato salad, and bbq chicken.

How to get a super THICK BBQ glaze

First, the chicken is seasoned with oil, salt and pepper, placed skin side down on a rimmed baking sheet, and roasted for 25 minutes.

Bird's eye view of two side-by-side photos that show how to season chicken thighs and drumsticks with oil, salt, and pepper.

Then, the chicken is removed from the oven and basted with BBQ sauce THREE times.

Each time BBQ sauce is added, it thickens and caramelizes in the oven. By the time you’ve added that third layer, you’ve got a delicious thick, sweet, sticky layer of BBQ sauce on every inch of the chicken.

YUM.

A process collage of how to baste chicken with barbecue sauce

How to get CRISPY, CHARRED SKIN.

Oh boy, do I love some good crispy chicken skin. Those dark, charred parts of oven bbq chicken are the best!

Something to note: these chicken pieces are smothered in sauce, so the skin won’t ever be quite as crispy as when you roast it when herbs and butter, for example.

Here are some tips for getting that dark, charred, crispy skin:

  1. Broil the chicken at the end. After you’re done cooking it, if the skin isn’t as crisp as you like, move the oven rack up and turn on your broiler. Keep an eye on it- just a few minutes should do the trick!
  2. Cook the chicken on a baking rack. Using a rack nestled into your rimmed baking sheet will elevate the chicken and cause air to circulate around the whole piece, rather than having it sit in the juices. If you do this, just keep it skin-side up the whole time- no need to flip!

A roasting pan holding several pieces of cooked bbq chicken.

What kind of BBQ sauce should I use?

You can use any kind you want! I live right down the street from Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, TX, and I’m obsessed with their Spicy BBQ Sauce.

A lot of readers have commented that they’ve used Sweet Baby Ray’s with great results.

Something to keep in mind: a lot of store-bought BBQ sauces have a lot of added sugar. Frankly, it’s what makes it taste so good and sugar is vital for getting that thick caramelization. You can make your own homemade bbq sauce if you prefer.

Prepare yourself for finger-licking deliciousness.

What kind of baking sheet should I use?

I cannot recommend enough using a Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Baker’s Half Sheet

 to make this oven baked BBQ chicken, and to roast literally anything you want. I have two and they are the ONLY baking sheets I will EVER use. They’re super sturdy, so they don’t buckle when the temperature changes (it’s the scariest thing ever when hot oil splatters when your pan buckles!). And they conduct heat well to make sure that your food is well cooked on the top and bottom, and they are really good at being non-stick, even though they don’t have any non-stick coating (it’s all natural!).

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