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Smoky Applewood Barbecue Baked Chicken Recipe

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An easy dinner recipe, smokey applewood barbecue baked chicken, is ready in about 30 minutes.  Top chicken breasts with barbecue sauce, mushrooms, bacon and cheese and bake for a quick, easy and delicious dinner recipe.  Thank you to McCormick for sponsoring this post! I received product free of charge to facilitate this recipe, but the recipe is entirely my own.

Smoky Applewood Barbecue Baked Chicken

Today it was cold and rainy in Vegas, which is quite unusual.  I also spent the weekend nursing my son and managed to catch his head cold.  It was cold, wet and I felt terrible – I needed a quick and easy dinner recipe.  I had boneless, skinless chicken thawed in the fridge. McCormick had just sent me a few of their new Skillet Sauces to try.  I could have just followed the directions on the sauce package and made a barbecue chicken dish on the stove top. But I didn’t’ feel like standing there cooking and – what’s the fun in following directions?!

Sauteed Mushrooms for Barbecue Baked Chicken

I opted to bake the chicken instead of sauteing it.  I love a dish that I can throw in the oven and walk away from.  While I was at it, I decided to add onion and mushrooms to the mix.  And then I found bacon in the fridge so that had to go on, too.


McCormick Smoky Applewod Barbecue Chicken sauce

McCormick’s new Skillet Sauces come in a bunch of different flavor options and make dinner easy.  If you make the sauce as instructed dinner is ready in about 15 minutes.  You can also use the sauce in a slow cooker – or bake it up like I did. So many options!

Smoky Applewood Barbecue Baked Chicken

The baked barbecue chicken comes together super quickly and easily.  Just layer the chicken, sauce, mushrooms and onions and then bacon.  Cover and bake for about 25-30 minutes. I baked it for 40 minutes and the chicken was done and I needed to add the cheese. So go a little shorter than done.

Smoky Applewood Barbecue Baked Chicken

This easy one dish dinner recipe was a hit with my family and I love how easy it is to make.   The McCormick Skillet Sauces are a great, flexible option when life gets busy and you need dinner quickly and easily.   Keeping a few in my pantry will help me get a delicious meal on the table without too much effort on my part.

Yield: 4

Smoky Applewood Barbecue Baked Chicken Recipe

Smoky Applewood Barbecue Baked Chicken Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 3-4 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts about 1 1/2 pounds total
  • 1 8 ounce package sliced baby portabella mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 packet McCormick Smoky Applewood Barbecue Skillet Sauce
  • 3-4 piece cooked bacon
  • 1 cup shredded Monterrey jack cheese


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a small frying pan, saute onions and mushrooms in butter just until the mushrooms begin to release their juices, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Place chicken breasts in a greased 9x13 baking dish.
  4. Spread the McCormick skillet sauce over the chicken breasts making sure to cover the chicken as completely as possible.
  5. Top the sauce with the sauteed onions and mushrooms.
  6. Place 1 slice of bacon on top of each chicken breast (on top of the mushrooms).
  7. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  8. Remove dish from oven and remove foil. Top chicken with cheese. Return to oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

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  • Made From Pinterest
    February 1, 2015

    This looks so delicious! I am making this as soon as possible. Your recipes and ideas are always the best!

  • Nicole
    January 29, 2015

    Those look exceptionally good with all that bacon and cheese!

  • Lysa
    January 28, 2015

    Oh my gosh this looks sooooo delish! Thank you for linking up to the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday Linky Party!

    Wishing you a fabulous week!

    Co-Host OMHGWW

  • Joanne
    January 18, 2015

    Your chicken look delicious! I will look for this sauce the next time I go to the store.

    • Camille
      January 19, 2015

      Thank you! It’s always a little hard to get a photograph of anything oozing with a yummy sauce and cheese! 🙂 But this one is a keeper.

  • Scarlet
    January 12, 2015

    I have used the McCormick sauces and they really are super quick, easy, and flavorful. I like the way you built the flavors up even more though with fun additions!

    • Camille
      January 14, 2015

      They have so many options, too! Thanks for stopping by, Scarlet.