BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken

Forget boring or bland baked chicken breasts, this BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken is going to be the star of your dinner plate. The post BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken appeared first on Budget Bytes.

BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken

I used to think chicken breasts were bland and boring, but then I changed how I approached them. Instead of seeing chicken breast as the main feature of a recipe, now I see them simply as the vehicle for the flavor in a recipe. In this BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken, the chicken breast is a filling base that carries the tangy BBQ sauce, creamy cheddar, zesty red onion, and fresh cilantro straight to your taste buds. When chicken breast is used like this, I’m ALL ABOUT IT.

Tips for Baking Chicken Breast

Successfully baking chicken breast can take a little know-how. If you want to avoid overcooked or dry chicken breast, here are a few tips:

  • Adjust baking time for the size of your chicken breast. Larger or thicker chicken breasts will take longer to cook (20-25 minutes), while thinner or smaller chicken breasts will take less time (15-18 minutes).
  • Use a mallet or rolling pin to gently pound the thick end of your chicken breasts to make the breast a more even thickness. This helps them cook quickly and evenly.
  • Use a meat thermometer for best results. Chicken breasts should be cooked until they reach an internal temperature of 165ºF. The more it cooks beyond that point the more it will begin to dry out and become tough.
  • Let the chicken breast rest after baking. Make sure to let the chicken breast sit for 5-10 minutes after baking to reduce the steam pressure within the meat. This helps the juices stay in the meat once it’s cut, rather than escaping and leaving behind dry, tough meat.

Can I Use Bone-In Chicken?

This recipe is best suited to boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs. Bone-in chicken takes much longer to cook through and you may find that the BBQ sauce begins to burn with those longer cook times.

What Kind of BBQ Sauce is Best?

For an inexpensive yet flavorful BBQ sauce, I usually go with Sweet Baby Ray’s, but I highly suggest using whatever brand BBQ sauce you like the best. And while just about any flavor BBQ sauce would work for this dish, I would lean toward something more on the savory or smoky side rather than a sweeter BBQ sauce.

What to Serve with BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken

I served my BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken with some potato salad and a colorful bean salad (recipes coming next week), but I think it would also go great with Cowboy Caviar, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato Cornbread, Summer Sweet Corn Salad, Spicy Sweet Potato Fries, or Green Chile Mac and Cheese.

BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken on a plate with potato salad and bean salad, a fork grabbing a slice of chicken
close up of a fork taking a piece of bbq cheddar baked chicken off a plate

BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken

Forget boring or bland baked chicken breasts, this BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken is going to be the star of your dinner plate.
Total Cost $8.89 recipe / $2.22 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 320kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Equipment

  • Meat Thermometer
  • Small Roasting Pan

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.3 pounds total) $7.58
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika $0.10
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce $0.13
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar $0.85
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion $0.05
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro $0.09

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. If your chicken breasts are very thick or uneven in thickness, use a mallet or rolling pin to first pound them out to a more even thickness. Slice the chicken breasts in half, so you have four pieces.
  • Combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Pat the chicken dry with paper towel, then sprinkle the seasoning mix over both sides of each piece of chicken.
  • Place the seasoned chicken pieces in a baking dish, then spoon 1 Tbsp BBQ sauce over top of each piece, spreading it from edge to edge to cover the chicken.
  • Bake the chicken in the preheated 400ºF oven for about 18 minutes (less for smaller or thinner pieces).
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and top each piece with shredded cheddar. Return the chicken to the oven and continue baking for five minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • After baking the chicken, let the chicken rest for five minutes, then top with diced red onion and chopped cilantro just before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 13g | Sodium: 677mg | Fiber: 1g
bbq cheddar baked chicken being lifted out of the baking dish, viewed from the side

How to Make BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken – Step by Step Photos

Pounded Chicken Breast

You’ll need two boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe, about 1.3 lbs. total. If your chicken breasts are very thick or a very uneven thickness, use a mallet or rolling pin to gently pound them to a more even thickness. This helps them cook more quickly and evenly. (Covering them with plastic helps keep everything clean as you pound.

Seasoned chicken breast

Pat the chicken breast dry, then cut each one in half so that you have four pieces. Combine 1 tsp smoked paprika, ½ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper. Sprinkle the seasoning over all sides of the chicken pieces.

BBQ sauce being spread over chicken in a baking dish

Place 1 Tbsp BBQ sauce over each piece of chicken and spread it to cover the surface. Transfer the chicken to the preheated 400ºF oven and bake for about 18 minutes (a few minutes less for smaller or thinner chicken pieces).

Prepared toppings: red onion, cilantro, and cheddar

While the chicken is baking, prepare the toppings. Shred about 1 cup cheddar cheese, finely dice about ¼ cup red onion, and roughly chop ¼ cup cilantro.

Shredded cheese being added to the baked chicken

After baking for about 18 minutes, remove the chicken from the oven and top the chicken with about 1 cup shredded cheese (about ¼ cup per piece of chicken). Return the chicken to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165ºF.

Baked bbq chicken topped with red onion and cilantro

After baking, let the chicken rest for about 5 minutes, then top with the diced red onion and chopped cilantro.

Serve and enjoy!!

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Everyone loves a good rice Krispie treat. Sweet, soft, and extra ooey gooey, these Perfect Rice Krispie Treats will become your new favorite! They are beyond quick and easy to put together but taste AMAZING! For other super easy cereal desserts that are sure to please, try out turtle and brown butter rice krispies and…

Perfect Rice Krispie Treats

Everyone loves a good rice Krispie treat. Sweet, soft, and extra ooey gooey, these Perfect Rice Krispie Treats will become your new favorite!

They are beyond quick and easy to put together but taste AMAZING! For other super easy cereal desserts that are sure to please, try out turtle and brown butter rice krispies and scotcharoos!

Four rice krispies in a stack

The Best Rice Krispie Treat Recipe

There are so many rice krispie treat recipes out there, but not all are created equal. If you like yours extra soft and marshmallowy like me, you have come to the right place! These are the BEST that I have ever put together and I am so excited to share this recipe with you! My Perfect rice Krispie treats come together in a snap with just a few simple, pantry staple ingredients. They come out perfectly every time and it is so hard not to just finish a pan by myself!

My kids are always asking for homemade rice Krispies treat, which is great because I love having them to snack on, too. I let them help with mixing the butter and marshmallow mixture together. In our house, the pan has usually been cleaned out before the Rice Krispies treats have even cooled completely. With the perfect combination of butter, marshmallows, and cereal, I am sure they will be a hit in your home as well!

Perfect Rice Krispie Ingredients

You only need 3 simple ingredients to put this delicious treat together! Individual ingredient measurements can be found at the end of the post.

  • Butter: You will need ½ cup. I like using salted butter to enhance flavor. This helps to make your rice Krispie treats rich and decadent!
  • Mini Marshmallows: One 10-ounce bag is needed. Save 1 cup for the end to add in extra marshmallows. This will give your rice krispies their perfectly fluffy texture.
  • Rice Krispies Cereal: I like using rice Krispie treats brand cereal because it creates the best texture in these kinds of treats. You can substitute for your favorite rice cereal.

Making Your Rice Krispies

These super easy instructions will yield you perfectly gooey rice Krispie treats every time! Make these as often as you would like with these quick and simple ingredients and instructions.

  1. Prep Pan: Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Melt Butter: In a large pot melt ½ cup butter over medium-low.
  3. Add Marshmallows: Add in marshmallows and stir until melted and smooth.
  4. Add Cereal: Remove from heat and add in the cereal. Mix until combined. Add in the 1 cup additional marshmallows if desired.
  5. Transfer to Pan: Press firmly into the prepared pan. Let set for an hour until cooled.
Cut rice krispies on baking sheet

Tips for Making the Perfect Rice Krispies

Here are tips to enhance and perfect your rice Krispie treats! These will help create the perfect treat every time!

  • Rice Krispies are Too Dry: If your rice krispies come out too try, this means that you have used too much cereal.
  • Rice Krispies are Too Sticky: This likely means that you have used too many marshmallows.
  • Brown Butter: Adding brown butter to your rice krispies gives them a delicious nutty flavor! See full recipe here.
  • Toppings: To spice up your rice krispies, you can top them with things like oreo pieces, chopped candy, chocolate, caramel, and nuts. Mix and match to create things like turtle and butterscotch peanut butter treats!
  • In the Microwave: You can use the microwave to melt down your butter and marshmallows. Add butter and marshmallows to a microwave-safe bowl and cook on high for 1 minute. Cook for additional 10-15 second intervals until the mixture is melted and smooth.
  • Overcooking Marshmallows: Be sure not to overcook your marshmallows. This will make your rice krispies too hard.
Rice krispie being pulled from pan

What to Serve With Your Perfect Rice Krispies

Rice Krispies treats are the easiest dessert to make for an event with lots of guests. I like to serve up rice Krispie treats alongside other simple crowd-pleasers like muddy buddies and no-bake desserts for a food table your guests will keep coming back to. These recipes pack rich, delicious flavor but are super quick, easy, and inexpensive to put together!

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Storing Perfect Rice Krispies

Rice Krispie treats are best stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. For that just-made freshness, pop your rice krispies into the microwave for 10 seconds before eating. I’ve found that refrigerating or freezing your rice Krispie treats makes them too hard.

3 rice krispies in hand

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Rice Krispie Treats

Everyone loves a good rice krispie treat. Sweet, soft, and extra ooey gooey, these Perfect Rice Krispie Treats will become your new favorite!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword rice krispie treat recipes, rice krispie treats
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 16 slices
Calories 94kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 (10 ounce bag) mini marshmallows
  • 5 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows optional

Instructions

  • Line a 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper or spray with non stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large pot melt ½ cup butter over medium low.
  • Add in marshmallows and stir until melted and smooth.
  • Remove from heat and add in cereal. Mix until combined. Add in the 1 cup additional marshmallows if desired.
  • Press firmly into the prepared pan. Let set for an hour until cooled.

Nutrition

Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 759IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 3mg

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