It’s finally summer and time for barbecues and  grill-outs. If it’s too hot outside or you don’t have access to a grill, this barbecue chicken is perfect baked in an oven. It’s very simple to make and the multiple bastings result in a very tender and juicy chicken breast.

Using skinless and boneless breasts require no prep-work and are a lean meat option.The homemade BBQ sauce recipe also saves you from the sickeningly-sweet store-bought versions. Did you know a typical store-bought BBQ sauce has about 4 grams of sugar per Tablespoon (about a teaspoon of sugar), and one of the first ingredients listed are usually sugar or high fructose corn syrup? Nobody eats just 1 Tablespoon of sauce either. Skip all that sugar and  try this recipe instead!

Oven-Baked Boneless BBQ Chicken Breast

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 chicken breasts

Oven-Baked Boneless BBQ Chicken Breast

This barbecue chicken breast is dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, nut-free, corn-free, soy-free, and sugar-free.


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup your favorite BBQ sauce*


  1. Combine olive oil, smoked paprika, lemon juice, and garlic and pour over chicken in a large ziplock bag. Let marinade in fridge for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350*.
  3. Remove chicken and place on baking sheet, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes and brush chicken with layer of BBQ sauce. Return to oven and repeat brushing of BBQ sauce every five minutes for about 15-20 minutes more or until chicken reaches internal temperature of 165*.


*Check your barbecue labels. I have yet to find a barbecue sauce that doesn't add sugar, so I make my own! Check out my homemade BBQ sauce recipe here!


7 Responses to Oven-Baked Boneless BBQ Chicken Breast

  1. John says:

    The salad next to the chicken looks great, do you know where I could find this recipe?

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  3. Robyn says:

    this looks great!I appreciate these recipes.

  4. BPG says:

    I’m cutting all sugar and corn from my diet and this recipe is just what I needed. We are having this for dinner tonight and I’m pretty excited about it. Serving with sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli. Yum!

  5. BPG says:

    I made this for dinner last night using your homemade BBQ sauce recipe. It was pretty good IMHO. I’m pretty sure my oven is not getting as hot as it should so it took much longer to cook than 40 minutes, more like an hour and a half. I only had regular paprika, not the smoked so I imagine that the sauce would be LOTS better with the smoked variety but as it was I enjoyed it very much, served with boiled sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli (topped the veggies with coconut oil and salt to replace the dairy butter, so good!). My husband and children are not so on board with sugar free recipes and they would have liked a sweet BBQ sauce. (Turns out, my husband doesn’t like paprika. Huh.) My 6yo DD actually had a great idea: unsweetened applesauce! I’m going to experiment with the BBQ sauce recipe and see if I can get a sweet BBQ sauce they like with a combination of your recipe, unsweetened applesauce and maybe some other spices. (ground mustard? Cinnamon?) If I discover a winning combination I’ll let you know. Thanks for the inspiration Alex!

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