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Baked BBQ Chicken Breast Recipe

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  • Author: Hazel Roddy
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This easy baked BBQ chicken breast recipe brings the sweet, salty, smoky flavor of barbecue to your home any time of year! It’s a fantastic winter-time version of grilled chicken that everyone will enjoy as part of a delicious, flavorful meal!


  • 24 oz chicken breasts (4 roughly 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional but highly recommended)


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C) and lightly grease or coat your baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Rinse the chicken breasts and pat them dry with paper towels. Trim any excess fat from the chicken pieces before placing them in the prepared baking dish.
  3. Combine the seasonings, including salt, paprika, ground black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder, in a small bowl. Season both sides of the chicken breasts.
  4. Stir together the BBQ sauce and optional liquid smoke, then brush it on each of the chicken breasts.
  5. Bake at 400°F (205°C) for 40-45 minutes, or until the internal temperature of your chicken breasts reaches 165°F (74°C), the minimum safe temperature for chicken.
  6. Remove the chicken from the oven and set aside for 10 minutes before slicing or serving.


If the internal temperature of your chicken breasts reaches 162°F (72°C), it will rise 3-4 degrees during the resting period (carryover cooking).

Cooking times for smaller chicken breasts (4-5 ounces) are approximately 25-30 minutes, and cooking times for medium chicken breasts are approximately 30-40 minutes (6-8 ounces).

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 4 servings
  • Calories: 255kcal
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Sodium: 564mg
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 36g
  • Cholesterol: 109mg

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