Easy Oven Barbecue Chicken Breasts

Baked BBQ chicken breast with white rice
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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

BBQ chicken is often a family favorite but can require a lot of time and attention when cooked on a grill. This recipe simplifies the process by cooking boneless chicken breasts in the oven. A basic grill seasoning for chicken adds excellent flavor, and a quick and easy homemade barbecue sauce provides that quintessential BBQ taste. For an even speedier preparation, you can use your favorite store-bought barbecue sauce.

If the chicken breasts are very thick, you may be able to get by with just two, slicing them horizontally to make four cutlets. Serve the chicken with mac 'n' cheese or a potato salad and sliced fresh vegetables for a quick and tasty family meal.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless chicken breast halves, skin removed
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil or canola oil
  • Grill seasoning, to taste
  • For the BBQ Sauce:
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup or packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for baked BBQ chicken breast
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  2. Heat the oven to 350 F.

  3. Rub the chicken breasts with 2 teaspoons of oil and sprinkle generously all over with the grill seasoning. Arrange in a shallow greased 2-quart baking dish.

    Seasoned chicken for baking
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  4. Combine the BBQ sauce ingredients in a bowl and stir to blend.

    Sauce for BBQ chicken
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  5. Pour the sauce over the chicken.

    BBQ chicken and sauce
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  6. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the chicken is tender and cooked through.

    Covering the chicken with foil before baking
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  7. The chicken should register at least 165 F, the minimum safe temperature for chicken according to the USDA, on an instant-read food thermometer.

    Baked barbecue chicken
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  8. Serve and enjoy.

Tips

  • If you're in a hurry or don't have all of the ingredients, you can use about 1 1/2 cups of your favorite store-bought barbecue sauce in place of the homemade.
  • For quicker cleanup, line the baking dish with foil and grease the foil before adding the chicken to prevent sticking. 

Recipe Variations

  • You can make your own spicy grill seasoning for chicken. Combine 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper with 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, and 1 teaspoon ground coriander. Blend well and store in a small, clean spice jar or container. Makes about 2 tablespoons.
  • Honey may be used in place of the brown sugar or maple syrup.
  • Slice onion and arrange it in the baking pan around the chicken breasts for added flavor.