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The Best Baked BBQ Chicken Breast

Looking for a quick and flavorful way to cook chicken breasts? These Baked BBQ Chicken Breasts are perfect for any night of the week. Plus, we're sharing our best tips for cooking chicken breasts in the oven.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Cuisine Gluten-free, Paleo
Cuisine: Dinner Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 4
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen


  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar see note
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Pinch cayenne Pepper
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce homemade or store-bought


  • Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  • Place chicken breasts on a steady surface between two sheets of parchment or plastic wrap. Using the flat side of a meat mallet or rolling pin, pound each to an even thickness of 1”.
  • Place chicken inside a 9x13” baking dish. Pour the apple cider vinegar over the chicken and rub on the coconut sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, paprika, chili powder and cayenne on both sides of the chicken. Pierce the chicken lightly with a fork all over. Let the chicken marinate for 15-30 minutes at room temperature.
  • Pour BBQ sauce over the chicken and cook until the chicken is nearly finished cooking through, to 155º-160ºF, about 30-35 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and loosely cover it with aluminum foil. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes while the temperature of the chicken continues to cook from residual heat.
  • Slice and serve with your favorite sides.


If you are using a store-bought barbecue sauce that is already very sweet, you can omit the sugar in this recipe.


Serving: 1/4 recipe | Calories: 550kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 70g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 202mg | Sodium: 800mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g