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Hunter’s Chicken

Hunter’s chicken feels like a real treat – and it is – the delicious combination of chicken and bacon smothered in BBQ sauce, with melted cheese on top, is the perfect weekday dinner, or weekend meal.

And the best bit? It’s really very easy to make. 

hunter's chicken next to mashed potato with the text how to make hunter's chicken above it

What Is Hunter’s Chicken?

Hunter’s chicken is a recipe that includes chicken breasts wrapped in bacon, covered and cooked in BBQ sauce, with cheese melted on top. 

How To Make Hunter’s Chicken

The preparation time for Hunter’s Chicken is very minimal, especially if you are using prepared BBQ sauce. 

4 chicken breasts and bacon rashers next to oven dish ready to make hunter's chicken

What You Need:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Bacon rashers 
  • BBQ sauce (shop bought, or you can easily make your own)
  • Cheese – Mozzarella, Gouda and Cheddar work well
  • Oven proof dish 

Making It:

chicken wrapped in bacon for Hunters Chicken

Wrap each chicken breast in a rasher of bacon (I cut the rinds off the bacon) – for maximum bacon tastiness you can add 2 bacon rashers per chicken breast.

Cook in a preheated oven (200C Fan 180C/Gas 6) and cook for 25 minutes.

If you are making your own BBQ sauce you can make it now whilst the chicken and bacon is cooking. 

Making The BBQ Sauce

ingredients for bbq sauce

This is the quick and easy way to make BBQ sauce – there are many different ways you can make it;

Put 1 carton/tin of passata in a saucepan and add 1tbsp white wine vinegar, 1tbsp smoked paprika, 1tsp garlic granules, 2tbsp Worcestershire sauce and 1tbsp light brown sugar. 

Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 to 20 minutes. 

Notes: You can substitute the passata for a tin of tomatoes, or use tomato ketchup instead.

Adding The BBQ Sauce And The Cheese

Once the chicken has cooked (approx. 25 minutes), remove the dish from the oven and pour the BBQ sauce over the top. Sprinkle grated cheese over each chicken breast.  

Put back in the oven and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the BBQ sauce is heated throughout and the cheese has melted.  

How Long Does Hunter’s Chicken Take To Cook?

The preparation time is as quick as 5 minutes. The total cook time in the oven is 30 minutes, or until the chicken breasts have completely cooked through.

What To Serve With Hunter’s Chicken

Hunter’s chicken goes well with mashed potato or potato wedges and either a green salad, or some green vegetables.

Hunter's Chicken

Hunter's Chicken

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Hunter's Chicken is a tasty recipe that is very quick and easy to make - perfect for weekday meals when speed is necessary!


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 4 rashers smoked bacon, fat trimmed
  • 100ml BBQ Sauce (or you can make your own - see notes)
  • 200g cheese (Mozzarella, Cheddar or Gouda are good choices)


  1. Preheat oven to 200C (fan), 180C/Gas Mark 6.
  2. Wrap each chicken breast in a bacon rasher (you can use 2 bacon rashers per chicken breast if you wish) and place in an oven proof dish.
  3. Cook chicken and bacon for 25 minutes.
  4. If you are making your own BBQ sauce start making it now (see notes below).
  5. Once the 25 minutes are up, remove from the oven and cover the chicken and bacon with BBQ sauce. Sprinkle grated cheese across each chicken breast and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes until the sauce is heated through and the cheese is melted.
  6. Serve with mashed potato or potato wedges.


Make Your Own BBQ Sauce:

1 tin (or can) of passata (you can substitute with chopped tomatoes or tomato ketchup)

1tbsp white wine vinegar

1tbsp smoked paprika

1tsp garlic granules

2tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1tbsp light brown sugar

Add all the ingredients to a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook gently for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 514Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 164mgSodium: 911mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 53g

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Geraldine Neale

Saturday 5th of February 2022

I made this today with a few tweets of-my own to the sauce it was a amazingly.

Suzy Hesketh

Saturday 20th of February 2021


How do I Cook this in the slow cooker please?


Saturday 20th of February 2021

Can't wait to try this recipe. Will cook it tomorrow. It looks yummy and I can taste it just looking at the picture

Liana Green

Sunday 21st of February 2021

I hope you enjoyed it Catherine! It's one of my favourites :)

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