This easy baked BBQ chicken recipe is a snap to prepare with the quick and easy homemade barbecue sauce. A basic grill seasoning for chicken adds excellent flavor, or use my quick homemade grill seasoning (below the recipe).
Serve the chicken with baked potatoes or a potato salad and sliced fresh vegetables for a quick and tasty family meal. I love this chicken with baked beans and coleslaw, too.
If the chicken breasts are very large, you may be able to get by with two. Just slice them horizontally to make four cutlets. You might normally eat a bit more, but according to the National Heart Association, a serving of chicken is about 3 ounces, or the size of a computer mouse.
- 4 boneless chicken breast halves (skin removed)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil (or Canola oil)
- 1 container grill seasoning (such as a mesquite flavored seasoning or spicy chicken seasoning; see below for a homemade blend)
- 1 cup ketchup
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup (or packed brown sugar)
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (or Canola oil)
- Heat the oven to 350 F (180 C/Gas 4).
- Rub the chicken breasts with 2 teaspoons of oil and sprinkle generously all over with the grill seasoning. Arrange in a shallow greased 2-quart baking dish.
- Combine the remaining ingredients and stir to blend. Pour over the chicken.
- Cover the baking dish tightly with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 35 minutes, or until chicken is tender and cooked through.
- The chicken should register at least 165 F (74 C) -- the minimum safe temperature for chicken according to the USDA -- on an instant-read food thermometer.
Tips and Variations
- If you're in a hurry or lack the ingredients, use about 1 1/2 cups of your favorite store-bought barbecue sauce.
- Homemade Spicy Grill Seasoning for Chicken - Combine 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of onion powder, 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes, and 1 teaspoon of ground coriander. Blend well and store in a small, clean spice jar or container. Makes about 2 tablespoons.
- Honey may be used in place of the brown sugar or maple syrup.
- For quicker clean-up, line the baking dish with foil and grease the foil.
- Slice an onion and arrange it in the baking pan around the chicken breasts.
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