Sweet 'n' Spicy Baked Chicken


My girlfriend and I are college students, so these quick and easy chicken breasts baked in the oven with Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce were an affordable and tasty hit at our table last night! Requiring just a few ingredients and low prep time makes this a great dish any day of the week. The homemade BBQ sauce goes great on pork and ribs, too! Feel free to adjust the sweetness or spiciness to your pleasure.

close up view of Sweet 'n' Spicy Baked Chicken on a baking sheet
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
4 chicken breast halves


  • 1 serving cooking spray

  • ½ cup barbeque sauce (such as Sweet Baby Ray's®)

  • ¼ cup honey

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon chile-garlic sauce (such as Sriracha®)

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, pounded to an even thickness

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil; spray with cooking spray.

  2. Mix barbeque sauce, honey, brown sugar, and chile-garlic sauce together in a bowl until no clumps of brown sugar remain. Spoon about 1/2 of the sauce into a separate bowl for serving.

  3. Arrange chicken breast halves onto the prepared sheet. Brush sauce from one of the bowls onto breasts.

  4. Bake chicken breasts in the preheated oven, brushing with sauce every 10 minutes, until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 1 hour. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  5. Season with pepper and serve with the reserved bowl of sauce for dipping.

Cook's Notes:

Double marinade for extra dipping sauce.

If time is a factor, bump the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and cook for 45 to 50 minutes, ensuring that the chicken is cooked internally to 165 degrees F.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

298 Calories
3g Fat
43g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 298
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 572mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 39g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 303mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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