Easy and healthy Baked BBQ Chicken – You can whip up the sauce, pour it over some chicken breasts, pop it in the oven and you’re done!
Healthy 30 minute meal
Hi everybody, I’m Tiffany and I blog over at Creme de la Crumb! I am so excited to be sharing some of my recipes with you here on Lil Luna! I love creating simple and delicious dinner ideas for my husband and myself, and I love to keep them easy and healthy whenever possible.
I’m a huge fan of 30 minute meals that please both me and my husband, and don’t break the bank. This Baked BBQ Chicken is so easy, it comes together in a few minutes and tastes tangy and sweet and SO good!
You can whip up the sauce, pour it over some chicken breasts, pop it in the oven and you’re done! Just have to be patient for about 20 minutes while the chicken cooks to juicy perfection! That’s what I call an amazing weeknight meal. Healthy, delicious, easy, inexpensive, and made right in your kitchen any time of year!
How to make BBQ Chicken
Preheat oven to 375 and lightly grease a shallow baking dish with cooking spray.
BBQ SAUCE. Whisk together Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and next seven ingredients. Pour ⅓ of sauce into prepared baking dish. Place chicken in a single layer on top of sauce. Pour ⅓ of remaining sauce over chicken.
BAKE. Bake chicken 20-25 minutes until cooked through. Top chicken with remaining sauce if desired and serve hot with preferred sides. Enjoy!
CROSS CONTAMINATION. Be careful of cross contamination when putting the sauce on top of uncooked chicken. If you use a utensil to spread the sauce on the uncooked chicken then put that utensil back in the bowl with the sauce, it will be contaminated. To avoid this, pour the sauce on top of the raw chicken (without touching it) and if you use a utensil to spread the sauce then do not put that utensil in the bowl with the sauce.
Can I use different chicken cuts in this recipe? Yes, you can use whichever cut you would like. Thighs, wings, drumsticks and breasts all make great bbq chicken. Cooking time will vary depending on what type you use. Bone-in cuts and dark meat like legs and thighs will take a few minutes longer to cook.
How to store leftovers? Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Tips for baking chicken:
How can you tell if the chicken is fully cooked? Chicken is done when the meat is not pink and the juices run clear, or when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
For the best cook: Make sure all the chicken is of the same thickness for an equal bake time so all of them finish at the same time and none of them dry out.
If you’re using chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts it may take a little longer in the oven, perhaps an extra 5 minutes.
If your chicken breast has the skin on it you should put the skin-side down on a non-stick pan to get it a little crispy. Pour the sauce as directed to get all the flavors incorporated.
How do I make sure the chicken doesn’t dry out? The BBQ sauce should keep the chicken from drying out, as long as the chicken is well covered in sauce.
If you are still worried about getting dry chicken, I would suggest using a piece of chicken with the bone still in. It’s more likely that the moisture will stay in the meat if the bone stays in place. You can remove the bone afterwards and have a moist piece of chicken!
What to serve with BBQ Chicken:
For more baked chicken recipes, try:
Baked BBQ Chicken Recipe
- 4 whole boneless skinless chicken breasts pounded to less than 1 inch thickness
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp butter melted
- Preheat oven to 375 and lightly grease a shallow baking dish with cooking spray.
- Whisk together Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and next seven ingredients. Pour ⅓ of sauce into prepared baking dish. Place chicken in a single layer on top of sauce. Pour ⅓ of remaining sauce over chicken.
- Bake chicken 20-25 minutes until cooked through. Top chicken with remaining sauce if desired and serve hot with preferred sides. Enjoy!