Baked BBQ Chicken Breasts are simple to make with just a few ingredients. Learn how to bake tender, juicy bbq chicken in about 20 minutes!
Keyword: bbq chicken sandwiches
4boneless skinless chicken breastsmedium size, about 2 pounds
1 ½cupsof your favorite barbecue sauce (or homemade)
½teaspoonpaprika or chili powder
Optional garnish: fresh minced parsley
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Pound chicken breasts lightly so they are of even thickness.
Pour about a 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce in a 13" x 9" baking dish and spread to coat.
In a small bowl, whisk together salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika or chili powder. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over both sides of the chicken and rub it in with your hands. Place chicken breasts side by side in the prepared baking dish, making sure there is no overlap.
Brush with barbecue sauce, enough to cover the chicken.
Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes, until juices are clear or a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Baste with more sauce after about halfway through.
Turn the broiler to high and move chicken to the top rack of the oven. Broil for about 5 minutes, or until sauce is caramelized - careful to watch closely to avoid burning.
Cover with foil and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes while the juices settle before slicing.
Garnish with fresh minced parsley if desired and serve hot. Spoon extra sauce from the pan over the chicken.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2-3 days after cooking. Reheat in the microwave or use leftovers for salads, sandwiches and wraps.To freeze, cool completely then place in resealable freezer bags for up to 6 months. Thaw in the fridge.