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This Baked Chicken recipe is made in the oven and it is super easy to prepare! The chicken is perfectly cooked, always moist, and this is the easiest meal you can make for a weeknight dinner!

sliced chicken on a cutting board with red sauce and garnish on top.


Baked BBQ Chicken

This oven baked chicken breast recipe is a foolproof chicken recipe. I start off lightly breading the chicken and then baking it, then halfway through I add the BBQ sauce to have it bake into the chicken. This recipe will be done in under 45 minutes and produces juicy chicken breast that is always tender.

I always use chicken breasts because we prefer white meat. If you like dark meat you can also use chicken thighs, but I don’t recommend using bone-in chicken for this recipe. This method is my favorite way of cooking chicken and I know you’re going to love it too.

sliced chicken on a cutting board with red sauce and garnish on top.

Ingredients Needed

  • Chicken Breasts: Boneless skinless chicken breasts are what I always use, but you can also use chicken thighs (internal temperature and bake time will be different).
  • Breadcrumbs: I use Italian breadcrumbs or panko
  • Herbs and Spices: Smoked Paprika, Black Pepper, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, and Kosher Salt
  • Barbecue Sauce: Any kind you would like! My favorite right now is G. Hughes brand, it’s sugar-free but it doesn’t taste fake.

How to make Baked Chicken Breasts

  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray or line it with parchment paper for easy clean up.
  • If your chicken breasts are not even thickness, pound them with a rolling pin or a meat mallet, or slice them so they are uniform in size and thickness.
  • Place beaten egg in a shallow dish.
  • Place breadcrumbs and spices in another small bowl; stir to combine.
  • Dip each chicken breast in the egg then in the breadcrumbs, coating both sides with the crumbs. Place in an even layer in the baking dish.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken looks golden and crisp. Do not turn.
  • Pour the BBQ sauce evenly over the chicken and continue baking for 5-10 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and chicken is cooked through. The chicken should be 165°F, which you can check with a meat thermometer or instant-read thermometer.
sliced chicken on a cutting board with red sauce and garnish on top.

Expert Tips

  • I love eating this chicken alone, but it is also delicious when added into any kind of salad or with a vegetable on the side, like Brussels sprouts. It brings an extra spice and texture into your meals!
  • I like to split the breasts in half to make them even throughout for even cooking.
  • Would also be great with a side of mashed potatoes, French fries, rice, pasta, or sweet potatoes!
  • Once you have the method for cooking chicken this way you can customize the flavors to your mood. Use cajun seasoning or taco seasoning, or herbs like oregano, thyme, and rosemary. You can even switch out the BBQ sauce for salsa, pasta sauce, or pesto.

FAQs

How do you store chicken?

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

Can you freeze chicken?

You can freeze it in an airtight container for up to 2 months!

sliced oven baked chicken

Oven Baked BBQ Chicken Recipe

5 from 10 votes
Easy Oven Baked BBQ Chicken – this easy chicken recipe takes is FULL of BBQ sauce flavor and is made in the oven for a quick weeknight meal. The chicken always comes out perfect!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

  • 4 4-6 ounces each boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup barbecue sauce use your favorite
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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • If your chicken breasts are not even thickness, pound them even, or slice them so they are uniform in size and thickness.
  • Place beaten egg in a shallow dish.
  • Place breadcrumbs and spices in another shallow dish; stir to combine.
  • Dip each chicken breast in the egg then in the breadcrumbs, coating both sides with the crumbs. Place in an even layer in the baking dish.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken looks golden and crisp. Do not turn.
  • Pour the BBQ sauce evenly over the chicken and continue baking for 5-10 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and chicken is cooked through.

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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 185mg | Sodium: 1811mg | Potassium: 1045mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 430IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 2.9mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on January 25, 2024



Dorothy Kern

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  1. You know I am partial to Reno! I have to organize my mom group to come up here for a girls’ night! I went to a medical lecture last week, and the doctor who had just moved here from Buffalo told the audience, “if there is a heaven on earth, it must be near here!” Thanks for an easy weeknight chicken recipe! Our schools start the fall semester this coming Monday!?

  2. I don’t know how you can resist all of those delicious desserts around the house all of the time! Happy early birthday!!

  3. Your trip to Reno looked like SO much FUN! I hear you about traveling a ton this summer. I am actually ready to be home for awhile too and get into a routine too. I think it’s great you’re sharing more dinner recipes to cut down on the amount of sugar flowing through your house. I started doing at least 1 dinner/savory recipe a week 3-4 years ago for that very reason! Plus you have dinner on the table…by 11am usually 🙂