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Bacon lovers will go crazy over this easy BBQ Bacon Chicken Bacon. Layers of delicious cheese, BBQ sauce and bacon make this chicken a great dinner idea.

Baked chicken topped with chopped bacon, green onions, BBQ Sauce and melted cheese in a baking dish with a serving on a spatula
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Today I wanted to show you how to make this delicious and easy BBQ bacon chicken dinner. Bacon isn’t always just for breakfast and we love it anytime of the day. It’s perfect added to chicken and takes this recipe up a level. It’s amazing!

This chicken recipe is loaded with flavor and made with simple ingredients. The combination of bacon, BBQ sauce and chicken makes the best meal idea. You may also love these recipes – Chicken Bacon Ranch Wraps and Grilled Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders.

Why We Love This Recipe

My kids love this and ask for it all the time. You can’t go wrong with this delicious meal.

It is simple enough for busy weeknight dinners but fabulous enough for company. Give it a try this week! You will love it!

Ingredients

Ingredients - Raw chicken breast on a cutting board, bowl of shredded cheese, BBQ Sauce, oil, chopped green onions and chopped bacon
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – This recipe is also delicious with boneless chicken thighs or chicken tenders.
  • Olive Oil – Feel free to use other types of oil. Avocado oil is a great choice.
  • Barbecue Sauce – Learn How to Make Homemade Barbecue Sauce
  • Bacon – Make Air Fryer Bacon for an easy way to cook crispy bacon.
  • Shredded Colby Jack Cheese – Use other types of cheese such as cheddar cheese
  • Jalapeno – Love the extra heat it gives to the barbecue chicken breast. Use fresh jalapenos or jarred jalapenos.

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Variations Ideas

  • Seasoning – Feel free to change the seasoning to what you prefer. Feel free to use garlic powder, onion powder or chili powder for added flavor. For a hint of sweetness you can add in brown sugar.

How to Make Bacon BBQ Chicken

  • Step 1 – First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cooking chicken breast in a skillet with a cutting board of chicken breast and bowls of BBQ sauce, chopped bacon, shredded cheese and green onions

Step 2 – Next, browned the chicken in a skillet. This is optional, but I like it because it adds color to the chicken so it looks nice after you bake it.

Browned chicken breast in a baking dish with bowls of chopped green onions, chopped bacon, shredded cheese and BBQ sauce

Step 3 – Place in an oven safe baking pan. I really like to use my Pyrex glassware.  Make sure you spray it first.

Chicken breast in a baking dish topped with BBQ sauce with bowls of chopped green onions, chopped bacon, shredded cheese

Step 4 – Add about 1 tablespoon of your favorite BBQ sauce to each breast. Just eye ball it and spread it around. You don’t have to be fancy here.

BBQ Chicken Breast in a baking dish and topped with shredded cheese

Step 5 – Bake in 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Top with Shredded cheese. Colby-jack blend is delicious but you can use what you prefer. I also topped each breast with chopped jalapeños. Place everything back in the oven for 5 minutes until cheese melts nicely.

Expert Tips

  • Chicken – When making this chicken, I like to use chicken that is about the same size. This helps to bake the chicken evenly. You may need to filet the chicken or pound the chicken with a meat mallet to thin it out.
  • Chop Bacon – Chop up your slices of bacon into pieces. This is completely optional, but I like it chopped because it makes it easier to eat when your chicken is done. Now, get the kids involved during this part. Use your favorite kitchen scissors and let the kids cut the bacon. My boys loved helping me out.  You will want one piece of bacon per chicken breast.
  • Cooking Time – Bake time will vary depending on the size of your chicken. We recommend using a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is cooked. Internal temperature should reach 165 degrees when chicken is fully cooked.
BBQ Baked Chicken in a baking dish topped with chopped bacon and green onions and melted cheese

Serving Suggestions

This is delicious served with Instant pot White Rice Recipe. You can save even more time and learn how to freeze rice and you can make this meal even easier.

You can also use brown rice. Learn how to cook brown rice in the microwave for a quick side. Other delicious side ideas include salad, Roasted Green Beans or learn how to steam broccoli in the microwave for a super easy veggie side dish.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Cook Chicken before placing in Baking Dish?

In this recipe, we do like to brown the chicken before baking the chicken. This helps to give the chicken the best texture. If you are short on time, you can certainly just skip this step. This is really just personal preference.

Should I Put BBQ Sauce on Chicken before Baking?

Yes, after placing the chicken in the baking dish, we think it needs to be topped with the BBQ Sauce. This gives the chicken the best flavor.

How to Store Leftover BBQ Bacon Chicken

Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The leftovers will last 3-4 days.

Do I Cover BBQ Chicken Recipe when Baking?

We did not cover the chicken with foil while baking. But if you prefer, you can if your chicken texture is burning.

More Easy Chicken Bacon Recipes

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BBQ Bacon Chicken Bake

5 from 9 votes
Need easy chicken dinner ideas? Make this BBQ Bacon Chicken dinner idea that you can make on a budget. It is one of our favorite easy chicken recipes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 370

Ingredients

  • 6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 cup Shredded Colby Jack Shredded Cheese
  • 6 Slices Bacon (cooked and crumbled)
  • 2 green onions (chopped)
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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Heat the oil olive in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the chicken in the skillet and brown both sides for 3-4 minutes.
  • Place in an oven safe baking dish.
  • Add about 1 tablespoon of the BBQ sauce to each chicken breast.
  • Bake in 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
  • Then top the chicken with the shredded cheese and crumbled, cooked bacon.
  • Bake for 5 more minutes until the cheese is melted.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
  • Serve topped with the green onions and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 370kcal, Carbohydrates 11g, Protein 32g, Fat 21g, Saturated Fat 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 8g, Trans Fat 0.04g, Cholesterol 108mg, Sodium 656mg, Potassium 556mg, Fiber 0.3g, Sugar 8g, Vitamin A 354IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 168mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Carrie says:

    Love hearing this! I’m so glad everyone enjoyed it – Thank you!

  2. Rakel says:

    5 stars
    Made this last night for the two of us and we both really liked it and I´ve been asked to make it again already, the best thing about it was how easy it was to make, brilliant on nights when you are busy or simply too tired to cook. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  3. Carrie says:

    My kids love this too. We have it almost every single month and I love the idea of making extra for salads. I’m going to do that too.

  4. Vaness says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is delicious! We make it several times a month. My 5 year old asks for all the time! We don’t add the jalapenos, just because we don’t like spice. I double the recipe to have it for lunches and to top on salads. This is definitely one to try!!

  5. Vaness says:

    This recipe is delicious! We make it several times a month. My 5 year old asks for all the time! We don’t add the jalapenos, just because we don’t like spice. I double the recipe to have it for lunches and to top on salads. This is definitely one to try!!

  6. Carrie says:

    Thank you!

  7. A.Metcalf says:

    I’ve made this several times and used chopped turkey bacon as it was what I had on hand. Can out great! Have also used turkey bacon bits and though they were a bit chewy, it’s what I had and this recipe STILL came out great! I really like this recipe! It’s easy, inexpensive, you can modify it for your family tastes and IT’S GOOOD! Actually gonna make this tonight and use leftovers for work lunches this week. Thank you!!

  8. Carrie says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it – Thank you!

  9. Wanda C says:

    This was so delicious!

  10. Leisa says:

    This was soooo delish and easy and quick for a dinner that looks and tastes like you spent a lot of time on it!! Next time I’ll use a little more bbq sauce. I precooked my bacon “just a little” prior to oven ?

  11. jill Hetherington says:

    Wow, this was so yummy. I definitely would make it again. i used precooked bacon and it was nice and crispy, and I also added the sharp cheddar cheese on top, like in the video. this is a keeper.

  12. jill Hetherington says:

    Wow, this was so yummy. I definitely would make it again. i used pre cooked bacon and it was nice and crispy, and I also added the sharp cheddar cheese on top, like in the video.