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Tender and juicy, sweet and smoky, this Baked BBQ Chicken is easy to make and packs big, bold flavor. It’s a great way to experience the joy of Grilled Chicken Breast, with the year-round convenience of your oven!

sliced easy baked bbq chicken

Why You’ll Love This Oven BBQ Chicken Breast Recipe

  • Double the BBQ Flavor. This isn’t your ordinary barbecue chicken! By marinating the chicken in my BBQ Chicken Marinade and then slathering it in Homemade Barbecue Sauce you get maximum BBQ flavor. The sweet and tangy marinade infuses every bite, while barbecue sauce locks in the moisture and adds an extra layer of lick-your-fingers deliciousness.
  • Ideal for Busy Evenings. When it comes to weeknight dinners, this baked BBQ chicken breast recipe is a dream meal. You can prep it the night before and then have it cooked and ready to eat in under 30 minutes (find even more 30 Minute Meals!).
  • Simple Ingredients. Like my BBQ Chicken Salad and Crockpot BBQ Chicken, this baked BBQ chicken uses easy ingredients to create restaurant-worthy flavor. Using homemade BBQ marinade and sauce means there’s no high-fructose corn syrup but you still get that classic BBQ flavor.
  • Everyone Will Love It. Kid-friendly! Adult-approved! No one can resist juicy baked BBQ chicken breasts. The technique in this BBQ chicken recipe is based on my wildly popular Baked Chicken Breasts, so it’s guaranteed to be a winner winner chicken dinner.
healthy oven baked bbq chicken

How to Make Baked BBQ Chicken

The Ingredients

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts. You can use boneless or bone-in.

Other Cuts of Chicken

This recipe works for a variety of cuts of chicken, both bone-in and boneless.

Use the marinade and sauce to make barbecue chicken wings, chicken drumsticks, skin-on chicken thighs, BBQ chicken tenders, dark meat—whatever! Just note that the cooking times will vary.

For guidance, see Chicken Thighs in the Oven (or Grilled Chicken Thighs), Grilled Chicken Tenders, Air Fryer Chicken Legs, and Baked Chicken Wings.

  • BBQ Chicken Marinade. My recipe has all the flavors of a good barbecue sauce, but in marinade form!
  • Barbecue Sauce. Or use your favorite store-bought or homemade BBQ sauce.

The Directions

  1. Prepare the Chicken. Pat the chicken dry, then pound it and place it in a zip-top bag or dish.  
mixing together baked bbq chicken marinade in a large bowl
  1. Make the Marinade. Whisk all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
marinating baked bbq chicken in a ziptop
  1. Marinate. Pour the marinade over the chicken, turn to coat, and refrigerate. Marinade BBQ chicken for 2 hours or up to 1 day.
marinated chicken on a sheet for easy baked bbq chicken
  1. Bake. Place chicken on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake BBQ chicken breasts in the preheated oven until they reach 155 degrees F.
oven baked bbq chicken resting on cutting board
  1. Rest and Serve. Transfer the chicken to a plate or cutting board. Let it rest, covered, for at least 5 minutes, then serve and ENJOY!

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate baked BBQ chicken breasts in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat. Leftover chicken can be reheated in a baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees F. Brush with fresh BBQ sauce before reheating and to serve.
  • To Freeze. Freeze leftovers in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then reheat according to the directions above.

Meal Prep Tip

The chicken marinade and barbecue sauce can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Leftover Ideas

Add leftover chicken to sandwiches, wraps, and salads. I also love the flavor of BBQ chicken breasts with Cauliflower Mac and Cheese and Instant Pot Mac and Cheese. Or, layer it on Whole Wheat Pizza Dough, and get some inspiration from BBQ Chicken Pizza.

What to Serve with Baked BBQ Chicken

easy oven baked bbq chicken

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Pound the Chicken. This allows you to make sure your chicken is the same thickness throughout, which means that all of your chicken breasts will finish cooking at the same time and each breast will be juicy and tender throughout, instead of rubbery on the ends. (The meat will be more tender too!)
  • Marinate Overnight. If you have time, marinating the chicken overnight will help make it extra flavorful. That said, you don’t want to marinate it much longer than this—after 24 hours, the marinade will begin to break down the fibers in the chicken, making it mushy and unappetizing.
  • Use a Meat Thermometer. Don’t watch the clock! The best way to know when your chicken is done cooking is to use an instant-read thermometer. I remove the chicken from the oven when it reaches 155 degrees F, as the internal temperature will continue to rise during the resting time, eventually reaching the perfect (and safe!) 165 degrees F.
  • Let It Rest. If you cut into the chicken too soon, all the juices will run out, leaving your chicken dry. Loosely cover the BBQ chicken breast with foil and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes, then serve and cut.

Baked BBQ Chicken

5 from 2 votes
How to make oven baked BBQ chicken that's juicy and sweet, with big, bold flavor. Enjoy barbecue chicken year-round with this easy recipe!

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 2 hours 30 minutes

Servings: 4 servings


For the Baked Chicken:

For the Marinade:


  • Pat the chicken dry, then place chicken breasts on a cutting board; if desired lay a sheet of plastic wrap over the top to keep things tidy. With a meat mallet or rolling pin, gently pound the breasts into an even thickness. Place in a sturdy ziptop bag or a small dish that will hold it snugly.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the marinade ingredients: ketchup, maple syrup, vinegar, Worcestershire, smoked paprika, cumin, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  • Add the marinade to the chicken (either the bag or the dish). Seal the bag (if using), squeezing out as much air as possible. Turn to coat the chicken in the marinade. Marinade the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to 1 day.
  • When ready to cook, remove the chicken from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature while you preheat the oven. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet or baking dish large enough to hold the chicken without it touching with parchment paper.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and place on the parchment paper. Bake BBQ chicken for 14 to 16 minutes (for small/medium breasts that are about 6 to 7 ounces), 16 to 20 minutes (for medium/large breasts that are 8 to 10 ounces), or 20 to 25 minutes (for larger breasts). For best results, use an instant-read thermometer. When the breasts reach 165°F, they are done. Note that the chicken’s temperature will rise as it rests; I prefer to remove mine at 155°F. If desired, when the chicken has about 5 minutes left, brush it liberally with BBQ sauce.
  • Transfer the chicken to a plate or cutting board. Cover and let rest for a minimum of 5 minutes. Enjoy hot with a side of barbecue sauce as desired.


  • This recipe works for a variety of cuts of chicken, both bone-in and boneless. For cooking times, for other cuts, see Baked Bone In Chicken Breast and Chicken Thighs in the Oven.
  • Adapted from my Baked Chicken Breast and BBQ Chicken Marinade
  • TO STORE: Refrigerate baked BBQ chicken breast in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Leftover chicken can be reheated in a baking dish in the oven at 350°F.
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze leftovers in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then reheat according to the directions above.


Serving: 1 (of 4)Calories: 234kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 37gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 109mgPotassium: 764mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 632IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 2mg

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Best Temperature to Bake Chicken?

I’ve tested a whole range of temperatures for baking chicken and 425 degrees F consistently produces the best results, with tender, juicy chicken and a nicely browned exterior.

How Long Should Chicken Be in the Oven at 425 degrees F?

Small to medium chicken breasts take 14 to 16 minutes, medium to large take about 20 minutes, and extra large chicken breasts can take as much as 25 minutes. I recommend using an instant-read thermometer rather than setting a timer, which is much more accurate.

Do You Put Barbecue Sauce on Before or After Baking?

Applying the sauce after the chicken has been in the oven for a while is key to getting the sauce to stick. When I’m making BBQ chicken breasts in the oven, I apply the first coating of sauce when the chicken reaches 150 degrees F, then I slather more BBQ sauce on after serving. The marinade already infuses the chicken with BBQ flavor, so the sauce is just a bonus!

Can I Shred BBQ Chicken?

The texture of baked chicken lends itself better to dicing than shredding. For a shredded version, check out my Crockpot BBQ Chicken.

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