Chicken breast, wrapped in bacon, smothered in tangy barbecue sauce and topped with melted cheese. A British pub classic that you can easily make at home for a quick weeknight dinner.
No pans are needed – we cook it all right in the baking dish.
Use shop-bought barbecue sauce, or you can make my 10 minute homemade BBQ sauce.

Hunters chicken (chicken wrapped in bacon with bbq sauce and cheddar) in a baking dish. Side dishes of carrots, green beans and mashed potatoes just in shot.
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Sitting in a pub garden on a hot day eating Hunters chicken with a pile of salty chips and a cold beer.
I can’t wait for those days. Hopefully soon we can all be enjoying family meals out again.

In the meantime, I’m controlling the cravings by making it at home. Sometimes with chips, or sometimes with a big bowl of buttery mashed potato.

I love how quick and easy this recipe is – a few minutes of prep, then the oven does all the work.

πŸ“‹ What do we need?

Ingredients for Hunters chicken on a wooden table
  • Chicken – chicken breasts are best, as thighs are a little small. Be sure to trip the chicken breast of any fatty bits you don’t want to eat.
  • BBQ sauce – you can use homemade BBQ sauce or store-bought.
  • Bacon – use rindless streaky bacon – these thin strips are best for wrapping around the chicken
  • Cheese – I use a mixture of grated mozzarella (gives a nice stretch) and strong cheddar (for flavour).

πŸ“Ί Watch how to make it

**Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.**

πŸ‘©β€πŸ³PRO TIP If you’re using shop-bought BBQ sauce you can pep it up with a little honey, smoked paprika and/or chilli powder for a sweet, smoky or spicy version (you could use one, two or all three if you like!).

🍽️ What to serve it with

You can serve this Hunters Chicken Recipe with:

Just 5 ingredients and 30 minutes you’ve got a family-pleasing dinner on the table.

Hunters chicken (chicken with bacon, bbq sauce and cheese) in a baking tin on a dark surface. Side dishes of carrots and mashed potatoes are nearby.

Also, if you’ve never tried it, a hunters chicken wrap is a real crowd please too!
To make this, cut the cooked hunters chicken into slices and serve hot in tortilla wraps or soft flatbreads with crispy lettuce and red onion πŸ‘Œ

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5 from 29 votes

Hunters Chicken

Chicken breast, wrapped in bacon, smothered in barbecue sauce and topped with melted cheese. A British pub classic, easy to make at home!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, British


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 8 rashers/strips streaky bacon smoked or unsmoked – your preference
  • 240 ml (1 cup) BBQ sauce Use good quality store-bought, or my quick homemade BBQ sauce (I used homemade).


  • 50 g (1/2 packed cup) grated/shredded mature cheddar cheese
  • 50 g (1/2 packed cup) grated/shredded mozzarella cheese

To serve:

  • chips or mashed potatoes
  • veggies such as carrots, green beans or broccoli
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  • Preheat the oven to 200C/400F (fan).
  • Wrap each chicken breast in two rashers/strips of bacon and place in a shallow baking dish.
    4 chicken breasts, 8 rashers/strips streaky bacon
  • Place in the oven and cook for 25 minutes – until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle.
  • Remove the dish with the chicken from the oven. Spoon the BBQ sauce on and around the chicken.
    240 ml (1 cup) BBQ sauce
  • Sprinkle the chicken with the cheddar and mozzarella.
    50 g (1/2 packed cup) grated/shredded mature cheddar cheese, 50 g (1/2 packed cup) grated/shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Place back in the oven for 5 minutes, until the cheese has melted.
  • Serve the chicken with mashed potatoes and vegetables.
    chips or mashed potatoes, veggies



Can I make it ahead?
It tastes best right out of the oven – that’s when the cheese and is nice and melty and the chicken is lovely and tender.
If you did want to make it ahead though, you can cook the chicken-wrapped-in-bacon (don’t add the sauce or cheese), then allow the dish to cool (try to do this quickly, in a cool room, so it’s only out for 15 or 20 minutes). At this point you can add the sauce and cheese then cover and refrigerate for a day.
Remove from the fridge an hour before you want to re-heat it to take the chill off, then reheat, covered, in the oven for about 20-25 minutes at 200C/400F – until the chicken is piping hot throughout.Β 
Ingredient swaps
Swap out the cheddar and mozzarella combination for your favourite cheese. Some good options are:
    • Crumbled Lancashire, Cheshire or Wensleydale for a bit of tangy-ness
    • Gouda or Gruyere for a slight nutty flavour
    • Crumbled Stilton if you’re a blue-cheese lover
Nutritional information is per serving, NOT including side dishes of potatoes or vegetables.


Calories: 621kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 188mg | Sodium: 993mg | Potassium: 1147mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 680IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 192mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Ceri Thomas says:

    5 stars
    Im not a cook but I love this recipe! Its so easy and tasty

  2. Sadie Fletcher says:

    5 stars
    This is wonderful … no other words needed! 😍

  3. Ashley says:

    5 stars

  4. Tracy says:

    5 stars
    I recently discovered you guys, as I was searching for this particular recipe to make for my family.
    Everyone loved it, and I even made the bbq sauce!
    Thank you so much!

  5. Karen Lesley Nash says:

    5 stars
    Gorgeous quick & easy meal. Made the barbecue sauce from scratch too and it was very tasty! Definitely making again. Thank you Nicky πŸ‘πŸ»

  6. raymond says:

    5 stars
    delicious , substituted bbq sauce with sweet chilli sauce

  7. Sandra says:

    5 stars
    Very easy to make and very tasty too including the BBQ sauce, would definitely do this recipe again.

  8. Clare Christina says:

    5 stars
    Simple, delicious and satisfying. I served mine with the garlic buttered green beans πŸ˜‹

  9. Lisa says:

    5 stars
    Easy recipe quick mid week meal everyone loved the homemade bbq sauce

  10. Lisa Beddowes says:

    5 stars
    Hi Nicky,
    Made hunters chicken today for the first time using your method.
    We are just plain and simple eaters in our house and making hunters chicken by your method was so easy and not having to use β€˜fancy cheeses’ was a bonus. Will definitely look at some of your other recipes for inspiration. Thank you.