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Baked Barbecue Chicken ~ easy and healthy!

Baked  Barbecue Chicken is a quick and easy recipe for enjoying a classic favorite, made in a healthy way.  For some reason, Barbecue Chicken always makes me think of summer, but we enjoy this dish no matter what the weather is outside – even when there are several feet (!!) of snow on the ground!  Perhaps it’s a little too early to be discussing snow…

The concept of Baked Barbecue Chicken is not new to the blog.  I have made a few tweaks to the previous recipe to simplify the process and yield a shorter cooking time ~ all with great results.   This recipe is very easy.  You can make your own barbecue-style sauce (like this easy pantry sauce or this one if you like some spice).  If you prefer, a store-bought sauce also works great.  The recipe can easily be adjusted to yield more or fewer servings to fit your needs.   I like to make plenty of extras because barbecue chicken is so versatile  and leftovers can be transformed into something different for a quick and easy weeknight supper.

Baked Barbecue Chicken

When I make extra Baked Barbecue Chicken (or any chicken), I find it’s easiest to shred the chicken that will be used for later in the week.   If I have something semi-prepared already, I am more likely use it.   Besides, one of my least favorite kitchen duties is trimming chicken, so if I can get it all done at once, then I can spend more time focusing on what we love best – recipes!

Baked Barbecue Chicken

So now the fun part – what should we make with extra Baked Barbecue Chicken?   Meal planning is a great way to maximize your meals and utilize what you have on hand.  But if you’re not a meal planner, there are several quick ways for turning leftovers into easy weeknight suppers.   Some of my go-tos include:

  • pizzas – Leftover sauce and any toppings can top a regular pizza crust, English muffin, pita, or tortillas.  Barbecue chicken pizza is one of Mike’s favorites!
  • tacos/wraps/sandwiches – Great for leftover veggies and/or meat and/or cheeses.
  • quesadillas – Another great way to use up leftover veggies and/or meat and/or cheeses.  Shredded barbecue chicken with some extra sauce, cheese and veggies in a quesadilla are awesome!
  • pasta – Use up partial boxes of pasta, toss with whatever meat and/or veggies and/or cheeses.   How about barbecue chicken, pasta, broccoli with some cheese sprinkled on top?  YUM!
  • salads – When in doubt, top some greens with whatever you need to use up!

These kinds of recipes are great because they use staples that are easy to have on hand at all times.  Tap into your inner-Food Network star and get creative!  These solutions are flexible and forgiving, and the results are often quick and easy dinners the whole family will enjoy.

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Baked Barbecue Chicken ~ easy and healthy!

Baked Barbecue Chicken
This is the easiest recipe for barbecue chicken ever! The amounts can be easily adjusted. I roughly estimate about ¼ cup sauce per 1 serving ~4 oz chicken.
Yields: 4 servings
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • Cooking spray
  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Place chicken in prepared baking dish (I typically cut the chicken into 4-6 oz portions)
  3. Pour barbecue sauce over chicken, making sure it gets well covered.
  4. Cover baking dish with lid or foil and bake for 1 hour, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Serve with additional barbecue sauce for dipping, if desired.


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  1. I love extra BBQ chicken on pizza. Thanks for the reminder, Alida!

  2. I think that is the prettiest bbq chicken I’ve ever seen. Craving it now and it is early…

  3. Mmmmmm….I think I need to make some barbeque chicken soon! Yours looks amazing…and I love your leftover ideas 🙂

  4. I haven’t made BBQ chicken in a while but I should since I have some homemade sauce in my fridge. Isn’t it funny how sometimes we make something just because we know the leftovers will rock?!

  5. Give me a fork and knife – I am sooo ready to dig in!

  6. BBQ chicken pizza is the best!

  7. This sounds delicious, Alida…and I love all of your leftover ideas. We love leftover bbq pork in a sweet potato, but for some reason have never tried it with chicken…changing that soon!

  8. I can’t wait to try this on top of a sweet potato. That sounds fabulous! Great tips for reusing the leftovers. I have visions of BBQ Chicken Pizza running through my head… 🙂

  9. Delicious easy dinner recipe.

  10. My dad used to make us chicken like this all the time. It brings back big memories!

  11. What a lovely and simple dish. This can be used so many ways. Love it!

  12. We love baked barbecue chicken! I like to use it leftover on a salad.