Need something quick and easy for dinner? Baked BBQ Chicken is a favorite recipe with just a couple of minutes of prep.

These chicken breasts come out juicy and tender with lots of flavor and are a great way to get dinner on the table fast! Serve them with a side of coleslaw, a fresh salad, some corn on the cob, and a big slice of garlic bread.

Baked BBQ Chicken breast on a plate

Easy Prep

  • Prep it in just a couple of minutes and bake it!
  • Just 3 ingredients needed (plus any add ins you’d like below).
  • Use store-bought BBQ sauce to make it extra fast or try homemade bbq sauce.
  • Meal prep baked BBQ chicken for lunches all week! Slice or shred and add to sandwiches, wraps, or salads.

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3 Ingredient Chicken

Chicken breasts, garlic, and barbecue sauce is all it takes, why not double up the recipe and freeze extra for last-minute salads?

CHICKEN: We love this recipe with lean boneless skinless chicken breasts, they’re so easy and cook fast.

Any cut of chicken will do in this recipe, drumsticks, thighs, and legs come out juicy every time. If using bone-in chicken, coat the chicken with bbq sauce and place in a larger casserole dish (and it tends to have more juices). The chicken will need closer to 45 minutes.

SAUCE: Store-bought BBQ sauce & fresh garlic make this recipe super easy but if time allows, we love homemade bbq sauce. Choose BBQ, hickory, honey, sweet and sour.

Variations

This chicken is one of those recipes that’s really easy to change with a few additions to the BBQ sauce. Try any of the following.

  • Sweet: Maple syrup, honey, brown sugar
  • Spicy: sriracha, chili flakes, diced jalapeno
  • Tangy/Savory: Apple cider vinegar, smoked paprika, ranch seasoning mix

chicken breasts topped with bbq sauce

How to Bake BBQ Chicken

3 ingredients & 2 easy steps are all it takes to make baked BBQ chicken!

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl or a zippered bag. Marinate.
  2. Place pieces in a prepared dish and bake per recipe below.

chicken breasts in sauce

Storing Leftovers

Keep leftover baked BBQ chicken in the refrigerator in a zippered bag or covered container for up to 5 days. Enjoy it cold or reheat it in the oven.

Freeze whole or sliced pieces in individual zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside for up to 4 weeks. Simply thaw in the refrigerator overnight and eat or reheat!

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Baked BBQ Chicken Breasts (3 Ingredients)

Baked BBQ Chicken Breasts are so easy to make with only 3 simple ingredients. Tender & juicy chicken smothered in bbq sauce turns out perfect every time!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinate Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
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Ingredients  

  • 4 small boneless skinless chicken breasts about 5 ounces each
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic minced

Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl or freezer bag, combine chicken breasts, bbq sauce, and minced garlic. Marinate at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Place chicken and sauce in a 2.5qt casserole dish and bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until chicken reaches 165°F.
  • Cool 5 minutes before serving. Spoon sauce over the chicken to serve.

Notes

Any cut of chicken will do in this recipe including drumsticks, legs, and split chicken breasts. If using bone in chicken, marinate as directed and place in a larger casserole dish (and it tends to have more juices). The chicken will need closer to 45 minutes.
If you'd like a bit of char, broil for 2-3 minutes before removing from the oven.
This chicken is also great shredded, stirred into the sauce and piled on hamburger buns (add a little chicken broth to the sauce if needed).
Optional Additions
  • Sweet: Maple syrup, honey, brown sugar
  • Spicy: sriracha, chili flakes, diced jalapeno
  • Tangy/Savory: Apple cider vinegar, smoked paprika, ranch seasoning mix
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 254 | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 866mg | Potassium: 590mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 194IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Chicken, Dinner, Entree
Cuisine American
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  1. Excellent recipe. Very easy & the chicken was so moist! I have never found a recipe on this site that wasn’t amazing!! Thanks for the wonderful recipes.5 stars

  2. Hi Holly, first of all let me say, your site is my go to for everything! Made this BBQ chicken today, storming so needed an oven recipe. Used store bought BBQ sauce, boneless chicken breasts, added dried ranch mix, brown sugar,apple cider vinegar and garlic. Followed your recipe for marinating, then baking. It was wonderful!!!!!! My picky teenaged grandson even loved it. I served it with Potato Salad, corn on the cob, garlic bread. Desert was brownies withVanila ice cream, topped with hot fudge and carmel sauces. Everyone loved it, no left overs.
    Thank you5 stars

    1. So happy this recipe was a hit for you, but…Oh.My.Goodness! That sound like an amazing meal, Brenda!

  3. Delicious. Son loves chicken thighs. I do mix seasonings with butter/olive oil and put the mixture under skins. Thanks for the recipe.5 stars