Welcome to day 4 of my 4th of July Series!


BBQ chicken is ALWAYS a classic at BBQs. But what about spicy BBQ chicken? I realize that I don’t have to make everything spicy, but I can’t help it. I love the tingle that comes with good spice. Plus, a little heat never hurt anyone, right? :)


On days where you don’t feel like starting the BBQ, and trust me, I know we all have those days. You can easily cook this spicy BBQ chicken in the oven or on a skillet. For the sake of this recipe, I used the oven. It gave me the chance to bake it and baste as well. I was worried that my chicken would be dry by the end of it, but it was perfect! Juicy and spicy!



For my spicy bbq chicken, I use boneless chicken breast. If you would prefer a bone-in chicken or another cut of chicken, just adjust the time that you cook it. The bone-in chicken will always take longer to cook than boneless, so just keep that in mind.



After I finished cooking the spicy BBQ chicken, I couldn’t decide how I wanted to eat it. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to eat it with a mound of rice or if I wanted to make it into a spicy chicken sandwich. But in the end, I just ended up eating it by itself. I wanted the juices and the spices from the chicken to speak for themselves. Guess what? They definitely did!


Tips For Cooking Spicy BBQ Chicken


As I stated earlier, I used boneless chicken breast for my spicy BBQ chicken. Since I was baking it in the oven, I wanted to make sure that the chicken cooked evenly. Chicken breast is thick, so I ended up cutting it in half to make it thinner.


Depending on the cut of chicken you are using, and whether it is boneless or bone-in, please don’t forget to adjust your cook time accordingly.


If you’re looking for a non-spicy BBQ chicken recipe with no spice, this can work. Just adjust the spices accordingly to your taste buds and it should be fine.



If you’re looking for other great recipes that you can add to your spread for a 4th of July Celebration, check out the following recipe!


Mac & Cheese – Add this cheesy mac and cheese to please both non-vegetarians and vegetarians! Or serve whenever you feel like having something nice and cheesy!


Cheeseburger Sliders – Prepare these bad boys on sliders or a full-sized burger! This will definitely be a crowd-pleaser.


Slow Cooked BBQ Brisket – This brisket is slow cooked in a slow cooker for 5 hours and finished off in the oven. It can easily be cooked on a grill outside if you want to. Use the BBQ sauce as a dipping sauce for even more flavor or pile it onto a bun!


Cost Analysis


Lastly, take a look at this cost analysis. It shows how much it costs to make this spicy BBQ chicken at home! We don’t realize it, but sometimes it so much cheaper to make things at home versus buying them at the store! Yes, sometimes it takes a while and sometimes it’s more convenient, but how can you deny that price?


Cost Analysis

Spicy BBQ Chicken

Spicy BBQ Chicken
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken, Spicy, BBQ, BBQ Sauce, BBQ Chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 519kcal
Cost: $5.42


  • 1 lb Chicken $3.99
  • Salt $0.01
  • Pepper $0.01

BBQ Sauce

  • 1 tbsp Garlic $0.04
  • 1 cup Ketchup $0.60
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar $0.36
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar $0.33
  • 2 tsp Paprika $0.02
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika $0.02
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder $0.02
  • 1 tsp Cayenne $0.02


  • In a large bowl, combine the garlic, ketchup, water, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, paprika, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper. Mix until well combined.
  • Spread your chicken out on your cutting board. Sprinkle salt and ground black pepper on both sides.
  • Add the chicken into the marinade. Carefully fold the chicken to make sure all the pieces are covered.
  • Cover and refrigerate. If possible, leave it to marinate overnight. If you aren't able to, marinate for at least 1 hour before cooking.
  • When you're ready to cook, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • On a baking sheet, add 3 tablespoons of oil. Spread it out all over the pan to grease it.
  • Add chicken pieces onto the sheet. Use a brush to baste with the chicken with the marinade.
  • Pop the sheet into the oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • After 10 minutes, take the baking sheet out and flip the chicken. Baste the chicken with more marinade.
  • Pop it back into the oven for another 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, take the baking sheet out and flip one more time. Baste the chicken 1 last time.
  • Back into the oven. This time on broil. 5 minutes.
  • Take the sheet out of the oven. Let the chicken rest.
  • After resting, cut the chicken and enjoy!


Please note that *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Cost Analysis

Estimate: $ for servings or $ per serving.


Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 1216mg | Potassium: 710mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 2128IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 2mg