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This sweet and spicy pulled baked chicken (that’s a mouthful I know but this chicken is just that; a delicious mouthful) is so easy, juicy, light and tasty! We were overstaffed at work so I got to stay home for part of the day and this chicken happened.

Our friend Jennifer graciously invited us over for dinner awhile back and she served us this chicken. It was so good! She shared the recipe with me. Her friend Melinda L. shared it with her. I love when a recipe has some history behind it. You know it’s amazing if a recipe has been “around the block.” That means it’s delicious enough to share and now I’m sharing it with you. Thank you Jennifer and Melinda so much! My husband and son REALLY loved it too!

Ingredients for Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken:

4 chicken breasts

Ingredients for the sauce:

3 Tbsp ketchup
2 Tbsp vinegar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp melted butter
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder

How to make Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken:

Preheat oven to 450°F.
1. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a sauce pan, mix and simmer for 3-4 minutes then set aside.

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2. Place 4 chicken breasts in a 9 x 13 baking dish then pour sauce over the chicken. Using  tongs, coat the chicken in the sauce.

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3.Cover  baking dish tightly with foil, bake 10 minutes at 450°F, then 1 ½ hours at 350°F (no need to turn the chicken while baking).

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4. After the time is up, remove chicken from the oven. Using a couple forks, pull the chicken apart. The chicken will soak up the sauce and become ultra juicy and flavorful.

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Serve over rice or buckwheat kasha. Seriously this chicken is delicious!

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Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken

4.93 from 26 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
This sweet and spicy pulled baked chicken (that's a mouthful I know but this chicken is just that; a delicous mouthful) is so easy, juicy, light and tasty! My friend Jennifer shared the recipe with me. Her friend Melinda L. shared it with her. I love when a recipe has some history behind it. You know it's amazing if a recipe has been "around the block." That means it's delicious enough to share and now I'm sharing it with you.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Servings: 6 -8

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a sauce pan, mix and simmer for 3-4 minutes then set aside.
  3. Place 4 chicken breasts in a 9 x 13 baking dish then pour sauce over the chicken. Using tongs, coat the chicken in the sauce.
  4. Cover baking dish tightly with foil, bake 10 minutes at 450°F, then 1 ½ hours at 350°F (no need to turn the chicken while baking).
  5. After the time is up, remove chicken from the oven. Using a couple forks, pull the chicken apart. The chicken will soak up the sauce and become ultra juicy and flavorful.
  6. Serve over rice or buckwheat kasha. Seriously this chicken is delicious!

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  • Dana
    September 16, 2018

    Can you tell me please how many pounds of chicken breast do I need for this recipe? Around 2 lb ? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 16, 2018

      Hi Dana, I wish I had measured it that way. I would say about 2 to 2.5 pounds worth. Reply

  • Lily
    May 26, 2018

    I have to say, one of the easiest recipes I have ever done! With my busy school schedule, this is going to be a huge blessing. And it’s so tasty! Please share more recipes this easy lol Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 26, 2018

      Hello Lily, I’m glad you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for following and sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Zory
    May 17, 2018

    Wow amazing as usual. Love the unique taste of it. So moist and yummy! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 17, 2018

      I’m glad you enjoy the flavor so much! Thanks for sharing your great review Zory! Reply

  • Olga
    August 23, 2017

    I think the sauce amount for 4 breasts was not enough. There weren’t much sauce left at all. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 23, 2017

      Hi Olga, I would suggest making sure you don’t use a dish larger than 9×13 and be sure it is covered when it goes into the oven. Also, if you shred the chicken really finely, it will absorb more of the sauce since the chicken meat will soak up more with more surface area. I hope that helps for next time! 🙂 Reply

  • Julia
    March 28, 2017

    Hey, this is a great, ive tried this before several times and like it! Thanks for sharing, but i have a question, i want to try and do this for a party, what would you recommend doing if i want to do this a day before and then just reheating on the next day? Also how much chicken should i use for around 15 people 8-10 pieces and just double the sauce ingredients?? Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 28, 2017

      Hi Julia, I think this is best fresh but if you had to, you could make it ahead. I would double the chicken and double the sauce. The chicken soaks up the sauce so if you don’t double it, it will end up a little dry. You might consider my slow cooker version of this same chicken if that helps with your time frame. Reply

  • Lena
    April 9, 2016

    Hi Natasha,

    Love your recipes. This was amazing, everyone loved it. Can you use slow cooker for this recipe? Reply

  • Alex K
    February 14, 2016

    Great recipe for left over chicken parts after making a stock. Thanks Vadim and Natasha for a great recipe. I hope you get a tv contract one day. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 14, 2016

      You are welcome Alex and thank you for the nice review. Reply

  • Lynn
    September 21, 2015

    I just made this tonight and my husband LOVED it!!! Thank you for sharing such a delicious and easy recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 21, 2015

      That is so GREAT!!! Thanks Lynn 🙂 Reply

  • Vitaliya
    September 17, 2015

    Made this recipe a fe times already and I LOVE it!!!!! SO juicy and moist. Thanks!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 17, 2015

      Vitaliya, thank you for such a great review and you are welcome :). Reply

  • Kelly
    August 26, 2015

    This looks delicious! What type of vinegar did you use? Apple cider? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 26, 2015

      Thank you Kelly and I used just regular distilled white vinegar :). Reply

  • Viktoriya
    July 25, 2015

    Absolutely delicious! Tried both in the oven and slow cooker, hubby loved it! Definitely a favorite! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 26, 2015

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you! Reply

  • Julia
    April 30, 2015

    Hi Natasha! This chicken was beyond perfect! We ate it for 2 days stuffed into tacos (with all the fixings, of course), and then I still had leftover meat and made chicken wraps for everyone for lunch. It was delicious. Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 30, 2015

      Julia, thank you so much for a such a great review and you are welcome :). Reply

  • Augustine
    April 14, 2015

    I made this tonight. It was yummy. I added a lot of sriracha sauce though for serving because I like spicy hot 🙂 I didn’t bake it as long as suggested because I didn’t have enough time 🙂 But, served it over rice. Thanks!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 15, 2015

      Augustine, I’m so glad you liked it. My husband and I love spicy food too, but we have to keep things toned down for our son 🙂 Reply

  • Chinelle
    October 15, 2014

    Awesome recipe. I doubled it for a birthday party and cooked it in a slow cooker. Turned out very good! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 15, 2014

      MMMM that’s one thing I haven’t tried is a slow cooker for this. I usually bake. How long did you slow cook it for and at what setting? Reply

  • Marina
    September 11, 2014

    Made this for dinner last night and my husband said it’s the best thing I’ve ever made! Bonus that it was super easy to make. Thanks, as always, for the wonderful recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 11, 2014

      I’m so happy you both liked it. Wasn’t it easy? I made it for company recently and everyone loved it 🙂 Reply

      • Marina
        September 11, 2014

        Oh this will absolutely be my go-to recipe now for when guests come over! Reply

  • Gracie
    May 22, 2014

    Hi. I have a question about the water. In the list of Sauce Ingredients it says 1/2 cup water but in the picture it says 1/4 water. Which is right? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 22, 2014

      I forgot that was in the picture. It’s 1/2 cup water 🙂 Reply

      • Gracie
        May 22, 2014

        Great! Thanks for replying.
        I’m planning on doing the recipe this weekend.
        Hopefully it will turn out well *fingers crossed* 🙂 Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          May 22, 2014

          I hope you love it! 🙂 Reply

          • Gracie
            May 27, 2014

            Love the recipe! We did it w/ 1 chicken breast and 6 thighs. The white meat turned out better than the dark meat.

          • Natasha
            natashaskitchen
            May 27, 2014

            That’s great to know! I haven’t tired it with dark meat. Thanks Gracie!

  • Gosia S
    May 1, 2014

    Super easy. Super tasty. Hit with my kiddo. Perfect for a big batch for a party to make pulled chicken sandwiches. I used two large chicken breasts and all the juice was nicely absorbed. For 4 large breasts I will double sauce ingredients. Served it with potatoes and a big bowl of tomatoes+onions+cucumber+red wine vinegar. Yum! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 1, 2014

      Gosia thank you so much for a great review! I’m so glad you liked the chicken 🙂 It is great for sandwiches! Reply

  • JB
    April 12, 2014

    This recipe is super easy to make and very delicious. I added red pepper flakes to mine to give it that extra spice. Thanks for the recipe, along with many others you have posted! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 12, 2014

      I’m so so glad you liked it! 🙂 I love the idea of adding some red pepper flakes. Brilliant! Reply

  • Andy
    March 10, 2014

    LOVE this recipe! Just made it and I can’t believe how juicy it is! What an awesome and easy recipe! I am eating this as I type! 😀 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 10, 2014

      Andy, thanks for the great review, your comment is music to my ears :). Reply

  • Ilona
    February 19, 2014

    Hi do you know how many pounds of chicken I would need. Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 19, 2014

      I wish I had measured it. I want to say 2 to 2.5 lbs. Reply

  • Masha L
    February 2, 2014

    Me and my husband both enjoyed this recipe! But I making more sauce for the second round of this recipe… Just needed a little bit more sauce… Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 2, 2014

      I’m so glad you liked it! I think that’s a good idea, especially if you’re using it like a podliva (gravy) over rice. Reply

  • Alina
    January 9, 2014

    I’ve made this recipe a few times now and i just can’t get over how amazing it tastes. One of my all time favorites. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 9, 2014

      That’s awesome! I’m so glad you love the recipe 🙂 Reply

  • Alla
    December 12, 2013

    Has anyone made this in the slowcooker? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 12, 2013

      Ptichka73 wrote: “Another delicious recipe, Natasha! I used a squirt of dijon mustard and I put everything in the slow cooker and it came out very juicy. We served it on soft flour tortillas with sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes and shredded cheese.” I haven’t tried it personally. Let me know how you like it! Reply

  • ava
    November 14, 2013

    I just found your site and I tried this. It was AMAZING!!! My kids LOVED it and didn’t mind eating leftovers the next day. From one nurse to another > You ROCK!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 14, 2013

      Thank you so much. I’m blessed by your comment. That is always such a great feeling when your kids love what you cook 🙂 Reply

  • Tanya
    July 23, 2013

    I made this chicken over rice today, it was delicious!!!!!!!! wish i made more
    it tastes perfect
    thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 23, 2013

      You are welcome Tanya. That’s quite a few exclamation points, probably came out really delicious :D. Reply

      • Tanya
        July 24, 2013

        Yes Natasha 🙂 It came out very very delicious Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          July 24, 2013

          Awesome!! Reply

  • ptichka73
    July 7, 2013

    Another delicious recipe, Natasha! I used a squirt of dijon mustard and I put everything in the slow cooker and it came out very juicy. We served it on soft flour tortillas with sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes and shredded cheese. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 7, 2013

      Did you cooked it on high or low and how long? Reply

  • Vera
    June 30, 2013

    I made this chicken today and it turned out really good. It was so soft and juicy. I was worried that it will be too sweet, it wasn’t. I didn’t change anything in the recipe and it turned out so perfect. My family loved it. Will definitely make it more often. Thank you Natasha for this easy and delicious recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 30, 2013

      Thank you Vera 🙂 You’re so sweet. I’m really glad you all loved the recipe! 🙂 Reply

  • Inneska
    June 28, 2013

    Waiting for the chicken to come out of the oven. This recipe sounds sooo delicious and just like the kind of food I like. Thanks so much for your blog Natasha. All your recipes are amazing! Can’t wait for new ones 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 28, 2013

      Thank you dear 🙂 I’m so glad you love the recipes. You won’t be disappointed in this chicken either 😉 Reply

  • Lily
    June 27, 2013

    So I made this last night and it was AH-MAZING! I served it over buckwheat. We all loved it! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 27, 2013

      Awesome :D, I knew you would love it. Reply

  • Lorka
    June 27, 2013

    Since im am spicy lover i didnt put in any brown sugar, and i served it over mashed potatoes (since we are not big fans of rice) and it turned out phenomenal!!! it was gone before i knew it…. really easy to make and super tasty!! Thanks Natasha!!! Both thumbs up!! :)) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 27, 2013

      You are welcome Lorka and thank you for a good report :). Reply

      • Lorka
        July 3, 2013

        I love the taste so much of the chicken it almost has a hint of Curry in it, so i had to try it with ribs… OMG the meat was falling off the bones so juicy!! I love that its so fast easy and amazing taste!! Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          July 3, 2013

          Awesome :), and good to know. Thank you for sharing Lorka. Reply

  • Valentina
    June 26, 2013

    sorry i meant “my hubby loves to soak his rice”. lol. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 26, 2013

      🙂 Reply

  • Valentina
    June 26, 2013

    I made this today.. i didnt have any dry mustard or plain vinegar on hand so i subed it out for yellow mustard and used apple cider vinegar. I also doubled the sauce because my hubby loves to drain his rice. It came out very delicious. Not too sweet. Perfect flavor. And the chicken was A LOT more tender than I expected. Will deff make again! Thanks for the recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 26, 2013

      I’m so so glad you enjoyed it. It’s awesome to know it works well with those substitutions. Thank you so much for sharing! Reply

  • Tina M
    June 26, 2013

    In the oven now, smells great, can’t wait to try it!! Natasha thanks for the great recipes!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 26, 2013

      You’re quick!! I hope you love it as much as we do 🙂 Reply

  • Tina
    June 26, 2013

    Does the brown sugar make chicken real sweet? ….sweet like an orange chicken or less? I’m just wondering if i should add less sugar since i like my chicken to be not overly too sweet.

    And thank you for an amaaazing recipe Natasha!! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 26, 2013

      It’s not that sweet. It’s just right 🙂 Reply

  • Rocio
    June 26, 2013

    If I don’t have dry mustard or brown sugar, what can I replace these with? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 26, 2013

      The. Town sugar is pretty important for the color and flavor of this so I’d use either light or dark brown sugar but I can’t think of anything to substitute that. You could use 1/2 tsp prepared mustard. Reply

    • Lindsay
      June 27, 2013

      Brown sugar is just white sugar mixed with molasses. I’m not sure of the quantity of each, but I’m sure you can find it online. Reply

  • Oksana
    June 26, 2013

    How spicy is it exactly? I like a little spice in my food, but my kids don’t. I know you say that your 3 year old likes it, but my kids won’t even eat zuppa toscana bc “it hurts their mouth” as they say. 1 tsp of chili powder in this recipe doesn’t seem like a lot for the amount of meat, but if I decrease the amount even more for my kids’ sake, do you think it may still be as tasty? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 26, 2013

      It’s actually not super spicy at all. It’s just a hint of spice. My son doesn’t like spicy food either. Kids love this chicken! It your concerned just add half the chili powder. Reply

  • Oksana B.
    June 26, 2013

    Wonder if it would be better with chicken thighs. I think chicken breast is dry so I rarely use it. What do you think? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 26, 2013

      The chicken bakes for a long time so it’s definitely not dry after its shredded and soaks up the marinade. I think chicken thighs would work well also. Reply

  • Beautiful simple summer dish. I think it’s screaming for slow cooker. 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 26, 2013

      That’s what I’ve been thinking. I bet it would be great in a slow cooker. I’ll be trying that next time! Reply

  • Jessi
    June 25, 2013

    Thats awesome… Cant wait to try it. Reply

  • Jessi
    June 25, 2013

    Nice:):) looks yummy. I will make it next 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 25, 2013

      I’m so glad we have some leftovers for tomorrow (it’s just the two of us and our 3-yr old son) 🙂 I can’t wait to eat it again. It re-heats really well on the stove by the way. 🙂 Reply

  • Jessi
    June 25, 2013

    Do i remove the foil for the other 1.5 hrs.. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 25, 2013

      Leave it covered, you don’t even open the oven door, just turn the temp down and keep going for 1.5 hours. It’s that easy! 🙂 Reply

  • Mariya K.
    June 25, 2013

    I want to make this right away except I don’t have any dry mustard. Do you think I can use regular Russian mustard instead? And if yes how much should I use? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 25, 2013

      Hmmm. I suppose it would work. I can’t imagine it would change the flavor too much. What brand/version of mustard are you using? You might try 1/2 tsp wet mustard. If you have whole mustard seeds, you can use a coffee grinder to make ground dry mustard (if that helps :)) Reply

      • Mariya K.
        July 5, 2013

        I used 1 tsp of the Russian ready mustard and it tasted awesome. Also my hubby loves when there’s lots of sauce for the side so after I made the chicken I made another batch of sauce and just poured it over chicken. And almost everything got soaked up also!!! But the chicken was really juicy, I served with mashed potatoes and it was loved by all!!! Thank u;) Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          July 5, 2013

          It’s good to know that it tastes great with the Russian prepared mustard. Thanks for sharing! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe 😉 Reply

  • June 25, 2013

    Thanks for the idea. Great for summer hosting parties. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 25, 2013

      Yes and so easy! Now I’m thinking about how it would work in a slow cooker for Sunday lunch. I’m going to have to try it! Reply

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