Crispy Baked Tofu Nuggets

Looking for a protein-packed, freezer-friendly main the whole family will enjoy? These cashew-crusted tofu nuggets are IT! They’re crispy, savory, kid (and adult) approved, and oh so dip-able! We can’t wait for you to try them.
Pair them with matchstic…

Crispy Baked Tofu Nuggets

Looking for a protein-packed, freezer-friendly main the whole family will enjoy? These cashew-crusted tofu nuggets are IT! They’re crispy, savory, kid (and adult) approved, and oh so dip-able! We can’t wait for you to try them.

Pair them with matchstick fries for a plant-based comfort meal, or freeze a batch and reheat a few any time you (or your kids) are craving a quick snack or protein-packed main.

Crispy Baked Tofu Nuggets from Minimalist Baker →

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Seasoned chicken breast and tangy BBQ sauce are slow cooked until tender and delicious. Perfect for sandwiches, nachos, pizza, and more.

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This is the time of year when I start to avoid turning on the oven at all costs. So what’s for dinner when it’s too hot to cook? Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken! You can have this tasty chicken in the slow cooker doing its own thing while you’re enjoying a lazy summer day. Plus, unlike a hot oven, the slow cooker won’t make your AC work overtime. ;)

Overhead view of shredded BBQ chicken in a slow cooker with tongs.

This slow cooker BBQ chicken is almost too easy to be true. Just add some seasonings to boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cover them with your favorite BBQ sauce, and press go. A few hours later, the chicken is tender, tangy, so saucy, and delicious!

What Size Slow Cooker to Use

My slow cooker is about 5 quarts and it was only about ¼ full, so you could definitely use a smaller cooker if you want, but I wouldn’t go any larger. Some slow cookers need to be filled a minimum amount to avoid cracking, so make sure to check your owner’s manual first.

What Kind of BBQ Sauce to Use

You can literally use any type of BBQ sauce for this chicken. I tested the recipe using a very basic and inexpensive BBQ sauce just to make sure it was still delicious on a budget, but you could certainly ramp it up by using a fancier BBQ Sauce. You can also play around with different flavors of BBQ sauce, like smoky, honey, pineapple, spicy, etc.

Close up of tongs holding pulled BBQ Chicken.

How Do You Serve Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken?

The classic way to serve this chicken is on a bun, like a classic BBQ chicken sandwich. Make sure to add some coleslaw and pickles to make it extra delish! But you can also use this BBQ chicken for tacos, pizza, bowl meals, on a baked potato or sweet potato, on nachos, or even on a salad.

What to Serve with Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Whenever I make BBQ anything I always opt for the classic comfort food sides like potato salad, mac and cheese, three bean salad, or Cowboy Caviar.

Side view of a BBQ Chicken Sandwich.
Side view of Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken in the slow cooker with tongs.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Seasoned chicken breast and tangy BBQ sauce are slow cooked until tender and delicious. Perfect for sandwiches, nachos, pizza, and more.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Total Cost $8.34 recipe / $2.09 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 4 1 cup each
Calories 393kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp smoked paprika $0.20
  • 1 tsp garlic powder $0.10
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked pepper $0.03
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.3 lbs. total) $6.49
  • 18 oz. BBQ sauce $1.50

Instructions

  • Combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Sprinkle the seasoning over both sides of the chicken breasts.
  • Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker, then pour the BBQ sauce over top making sure the chicken is fully covered.
  • Place a lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for 2.5 hours or low for 4-5 hours.
  • After cooking, use two forks to shred the chicken. If the chicken does not easily pull apart with the forks, let it cook a little longer.
  • Serve the pulled BBQ chicken on a bun, on nachos, over a baked potato, on pizza, or with your favorite meal.

Nutrition

Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 1777mg | Fiber: 2g
Side view of Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken in the slow cooker with tongs.

How to Make Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken – Step by Step Photos

Seasoned chicken breasts on an orange cutting board.

Combine 2 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp salt, and ½ tsp pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle the seasoning mix over both sides of two boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.3 lbs. total).

BBQ sauce being poured over chicken in the slow cooker.

Place the chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker and pour one 18oz. bottle of BBQ sauce over the chicken, making sure it’s fully covered.

Cooked chicken in the slow cooker.

Place the lid on the slow cooker on cook on high for 2.5 hours or low for 4-5 hours.

Chicken being shredded with forks in the slow cooker.

Use two forks to shred the chicken. If the chicken doesn’t pull apart easily, you can let it cook a little longer.

Finished Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken in the slow cooker.

Give the chicken a good stir to make sure it’s all well coated in BBQ sauce, then it’s ready to serve!

Side view of shredded bbq chicken in a slow cooker.

Now I need a plate full of BBQ Chicken Nachos. 🤤

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BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches with Sweet & Spicy Slaw

When it’s BBQ season and you’re craving a hearty, plant-based entrée, we have just the thing: BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches! They’re fresh, flavorful, protein-packed, and perfect for pairing with classic sides like grilled corn and potato salad. 
Bursting…

BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches with Sweet & Spicy Slaw

When it’s BBQ season and you’re craving a hearty, plant-based entrée, we have just the thing: BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches! They’re fresh, flavorful, protein-packed, and perfect for pairing with classic sides like grilled corn and potato salad. 

Bursting with BBQ sauce and topped with a creamy, not-too-spicy sriracha slaw, these saucy sandwiches are seriously swoon-worthy! Plus, they’re easy to make with just 10 ingredients and 30 minutes required.

BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches with Sweet & Spicy Slaw from Minimalist Baker →

BBQ Chicken Kebabs

These easy and delicious BBQ Chicken Kebabs combine chicken, pineapple, onion, and BBQ sauce for a fresh and easy summer BBQ main dish.

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Summer is almost here!! Kick off the summer grilling season this Memorial Day with these super delish BBQ Chicken Kebabs. They’re sweet, savory, and tangy with a little tropical pineapple twist. 🍍 They’re super easy and you can get all the ingredients plus some fresh summer sides to make it a meal in one quick and efficient trip to ALDI, so you can spend more time out enjoying that summer weather. 😎

Overhead view of BBQ Chicken Kebabs on a tray surrounded by side dishes.

What Are Chicken Kebabs Made Of?

These BBQ Chicken Kebabs are made with just a few super simple ingredients. They’ve got seasoned chunks of chicken breast, fresh-cut pineapple, red onion, BBQ sauce, and a few fresh green onions for garnish. They’re light, fresh, and perfect for the summer BBQ season!

What to Serve with Chicken Kebabs

I served up my BBQ Chicken Kebabs with all the classic summer BBQ sides like potato salad, macaroni salad, potato chips, and ice-cold beer, all of which I was able to pick up at ALDI along with the ingredients for the kebabs in one quick shopping trip. I also spotted some mango pico de gallo and had to grab that, too, because I thought that would go great with the pineapple on the kebabs!

When all was said and done, I was able to get all the ingredients for this summer BBQ feast at ALDI (minus a couple of pantry staples) for only $34.60! Now do you see why I’m so obsessed with ALDI?? And if you are up for making your own sides, ALDI has the high-quality ingredients to make those from scratch, too. But hey, it’s summer, so I’m taking it easy and buying a couple of those pre-made items. 😉 Here’s a breakdown of what I bought (prices may vary by location):

  • Simply Nature Organic Chicken Breasts $8.21
  • Fresh Pineapple $1.99
  • Red Onions $2.29
  • Green Onions $0.95
  • Burman’s Original BBQ Sauce $0.95
  • Park Street Deli Mustard Potato Salad $3.69
  • Park Street Deli Macaroni Salad $3.69
  • Park Street Deli Mango Pico de Gallo $3.19
  • Clancy’s Kettle Chips $1.65
  • Holland Lager 1839 $7.99

And I have so many leftovers! 🙌 Seriously, don’t sleep on ALDI. They’ve got you covered for summer with high-quality ingredients, low prices, and a streamlined shopping experience.

ALDI Haul ingredients and sides

Do I Need a Grill?

You can cook these chicken kebabs on an outdoor grill or inside using a grill pan. Cast-iron grill pans that sit on top of your stove’s burners make a really great alternative to outdoor grills, but they can get smoky, so make sure to turn on your exhaust fan! :)

What Kind of BBQ Sauce is Best?

I used Burman’s Original BBQ Sauce from ALDI, but you could have fun and change up the flavor of these kebabs by using just about any flavor of BBQ Sauce. ALDI also had some great regional Burman’s BBQ sauces (Memphis, Texas, Kansas City, and Carolina), or you could opt for a different flavor like a honey BBQ sauce, smoky BBQ sauce, or even a spicy sauce.

BBQ Chicken Kebabs on a plate with sides, chips, and beer.
Overhead view of BBQ Chicken Kebabs on a tray surrounded by side dishes.

BBQ Chicken Kebabs

These easy and delicious BBQ Chicken Kebabs combine chicken, pineapple, onion, and BBQ sauce for a fresh and easy summer BBQ main dish.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Total Cost $11.66 recipe / $2.33 serving
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 5 two kebabs each
Calories 346kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 2 small red onions (or one large) $0.76
  • 1 fresh pineapple $1.99
  • 1.3 lbs. Simply Nature Organic Chicken Breasts $8.21
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil, divided $0.08
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika $0.10
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika $0.10
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 1/2 cup Burman's Original BBQ Sauce $0.21
  • 2 green onions, sliced $0.12

Instructions

  • Cut the red onions into 1-inch squares. Place the red onion in a bowl, drizzle with 1 Tbsp cooking oil, and toss to coat.
  • Cut the pineapple into 1-inch cubes.
  • Cut the chicken breast into 1-inch cubes, then place the chicken pieces in a bowl. Drizzle 1 Tbsp cooking oil on top, then add the smoked paprika, sweet paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss the chicken until it is well coated in oil and spices.
  • Build your kebabs by adding pineapple, onion, and chicken to skewers, alternating as you go. I got ten skewers, but the yield will vary depending on the length of your skewers and size of your pieces.
  • Heat a grill or grill pan over medium. Once hot, add the kebabs and cook for a few minutes on each side.
  • When the kebabs are almost cooked through, brush them on all sides with BBQ Sauce. Cook the chicken kebabs for a minute or two more on each side, or until the chicken is cooked through and the BBQ sauce is slightly caramelized.
  • Sprinkle the sliced green onions over top just before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 2kebabs | Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 553mg | Fiber: 4g
Close up side view of BBQ Chicken Kebabs.

How to Make BBQ Chicken Kebabs – Step by Step Photos

Oil being drizzled over diced red onion in a bowl.

Cut one large or two small red onions into 1-inch pieces. Place them in a bowl, drizzle with 1 Tbsp cooking oil, then toss to coat.

Fresh cut pineapple on a cutting board.

Cut one pineapple into 1-inch chunks. If you need help learning how to cut pineapple, check out my tutorial on How to Cut a Pineapple.

Diced chicken breast on a cutting board.

Cut two boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.3 lbs. total) into one-inch pieces.

Seasoned chicken in a bowl.

Drizzle 1 Tbsp cooking oil over the chicken, then add 2 tsp smoked paprika, ½ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper. Toss until the chicken is well coated in oil and spices.

Raw chicken kebabs on a tray.

Build your chicken kebabs on skewers by alternating between the pineapple chunks, onion, and seasoned chicken.

Kebabs on a grill pan being brushed with BBQ sauce.

Heat a grill or grill pan over medium. Once hot, add the kebabs and cook for a few minutes on each side. Once the kebabs are mostly cooked through, brush them on all sides with BBQ sauce. Cook for a minute or two more on each side, or until cooked through and the BBQ sauce is caramelized.

Overhead view of cooked chicken kebabs surrounded by side dishes.

Sprinkle sliced green onion over the kebabs just before serving. Enjoy with all your favorite BBQ Sides! …And don’t forget, ALDI has everything you need to keep you eating good all summer without breaking your budget!

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BBQ Meatballs with Cheese Grits

BBQ Meatballs with Cheese Grits is the perfect cozy meal for for crisp fall evenings, football games, and afternoons spent raking leaves.

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It’s officially cozy comfort food time! These BBQ Meatballs with Cheese Grits are the perfect mix of tangy BBQ sauce, juicy meatballs, and rich and creamy cheese grits to create all those cozy vibes. And if you’ve never had cheese grits before, definitely go check out my cheese grits blog post because they’re a delicious southern staple that can be topped with all sorts of delicious goodies. And today’s delicious goodies are BBQ meatballs. ;)

Overhead view of a bowl of cheese grits with bbq meatballs and collard greens

What to Serve with BBQ Meatballs and Cheese Grits

This is a pretty rich bowl of deliciousness on its own, so I highly suggest pairing it with something green to balance out the weight of the meal. I paired my BBQ Meatballs and Cheese Grits with Jerk Seasoned Collard Greens. The jerk seasoning pairs perfectly with the tangy BBQ sauce. You could also pair this dish with Roasted Broccoli, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Vegetarian Mustard Greens, or Braised Red Cabbage.

Can I Use a Different Meat?

Yes, if you do not eat pork you can definitely substitute with a different type of ground meat. Ground beef or turkey will both work great for this recipe. I highly suggest using ground meat that has a slightly higher percent fat to keep the meatballs moist and tender.

What Kind of BBQ Sauce Do you Suggest?

I’m an equal opportunity BBQ sauce lover, so I don’t really have a favorite. For this particular dish, I’d probably go for something smoky or honey flavored, both of which will pair well with the cheddar cheese in the grits. I would probably avoid anything pineapple or teriyaki flavored.

If you want to try making your own BBQ sauce, check out my Homemade BBQ Sauce recipe.

A fork cutting into a bbq meatball on a bed of cheese grits
Overhead view of a bowl of cheese grits with bbq meatballs and collard greens

BBQ Meatballs with Cheese Grits

BBQ Meatballs with Cheese Grits is the perfect cozy meal for crisp fall evenings, football games, and afternoons spent raking leaves.
Total Cost $7.74 recipe . /$1.94 serving
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 841kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

BBQ Meatballs

  • 1 lb. ground pork $3.49
  • 1 large egg $0.21
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs $0.07
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce, divided $0.54
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.02

Cheese Grits

  • 2 cups chicken broth $0.26
  • 2 cups milk $1.25
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • 1 cup quick cooking grits $0.49
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 2 Tbsp butter $0.18
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar $1.15

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add the ground pork, egg, breadcrumbs, 2 Tbsp BBQ sauce, salt, smoked paprika, and garlic powder to a bowl. Use your hands to mix the seasoning into the pork until everything is well combined.
  • Divide and shape the pork mixture into 16 meatballs about the size of ping pong balls. Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Transfer the meatballs to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.
  • While the meatballs are baking, prepare the cheese grits. Combine the chicken broth, milk, and garlic powder in a medium saucepot. Place a lid on top and bring it up to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to prevent the milk from scorching.
  • Once boiling, stir in the quick cooking grits and salt. Turn the heat down to medium-low and let the grits simmer for about 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the grits from the heat and stir in the butter and pepper. Next, stir in the shredded cheddar, one handful at a time, until fully melted into the grits.
  • Once the meatballs have finished baking, add them to a clean bowl and pour the remaining BBQ sauce over top. Stir to combine. The heat from the meatballs will warm the BBQ sauce. If your BBQ sauce is cold from refrigeration, you may want to heat the meatballs and sauce in a saucepot over low for a few minutes.
  • To serve, place about one cup of the cheese grits in the bottom of a bowl. Top with four meatballs and some of the BBQ sauce. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 841kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 46g | Sodium: 2010mg | Fiber: 3g
side view of bbq meatballs and cheese grits in a bowl with collard greens

How to Make BBQ Meatballs with Cheese Grits – Step by Step Photos

meatball ingredients in a bowl

Preheat the oven to 375ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add 1 lb. ground pork, 1 large egg, ¼ cup breadcrumbs, 2 Tbsp BBQ sauce, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp smoked paprika, and ¼ tsp freshly cracked pepper to a large bowl. Mix the ingredients together until well combined.

raw, shaped meatballs on the baking sheet

Divide and shape the pork mixture into 16 meatballs roughly the size of ping pong balls. Transfer the meatballs to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until browned and cooked through.

Milk being poured into a pot with chicken broth

While the meatballs are baking, prepare the cheese grits. Add 2 cups chicken broth, 2 cups milk, and ¼ tsp garlic powder to a medium sauce pot. Bring the liquid up to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.

grits being poured into the pot with the milk and broth

As soon as the liquid reaches a boil, stir in 1 cup quick cooking grits and ¼ tsp salt. Turn the heat down to medium-low and let the grits simmer for about five minutes, or until thickened.

butter and pepper added to the grits

Remove the grits from the heat and stir in 2 Tbsp butter and ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper.

Shredded cheddar being added to grits

Finally, stir in a handful of the shredded cheddar at a time until fully melted, repeating until all of the cheese has been added (1 cup total).

Baked meatballs on the baking sheet

Remove the baked meatballs from the oven and transfer them to a large bowl.

BBQ sauce coated meatballs in a bowl with a spatula

Pour the remaining BBQ sauce (about 1 cup) over the meatballs and stir to combine. The heat from the meatballs will warm the BBQ sauce. If your BBQ sauce was cold from refrigeration, you may want to do this in a sauce pot over low heat to help heat the sauce.

close up side view of bbq meatballs on cheese grits

To serve, place about 1 cup cheese grits in a bowl and top with 4 meatballs plus some of the sauce. Enjoy!

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Baked BBQ Chicken Tacos

Are you looking for an easy dinner recipe that takes less than 30 minutes to make AND that is super duper delicious? It’s your lucky day, because these Baked BBQ Chicken Tacos are the BEST weeknight dinner! Tacos are always a hit, but these BBQ C…

Are you looking for an easy dinner recipe that takes less than 30 minutes to make AND that is super duper delicious? It’s your lucky day, because these Baked BBQ Chicken Tacos are the BEST weeknight dinner! Tacos are always a hit, but these BBQ Chicken Tacos are crazy good! Think saucy BBQ chicken with…

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BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken

Forget boring or bland baked chicken breasts, this BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken is going to be the star of your dinner plate.

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I used to think chicken breasts were bland and boring, but then I changed how I approached them. Instead of seeing chicken breast as the main feature of a recipe, now I see them simply as the vehicle for the flavor in a recipe. In this BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken, the chicken breast is a filling base that carries the tangy BBQ sauce, creamy cheddar, zesty red onion, and fresh cilantro straight to your taste buds. When chicken breast is used like this, I’m ALL ABOUT IT.

Overhead view of BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken in a baking dish

Tips for Baking Chicken Breast

Successfully baking chicken breast can take a little know-how. If you want to avoid overcooked or dry chicken breast, here are a few tips:

  • Adjust baking time for the size of your chicken breast. Larger or thicker chicken breasts will take longer to cook (20-25 minutes), while thinner or smaller chicken breasts will take less time (15-18 minutes).
  • Use a mallet or rolling pin to gently pound the thick end of your chicken breasts to make the breast a more even thickness. This helps them cook quickly and evenly.
  • Use a meat thermometer for best results. Chicken breasts should be cooked until they reach an internal temperature of 165ºF. The more it cooks beyond that point the more it will begin to dry out and become tough.
  • Let the chicken breast rest after baking. Make sure to let the chicken breast sit for 5-10 minutes after baking to reduce the steam pressure within the meat. This helps the juices stay in the meat once it’s cut, rather than escaping and leaving behind dry, tough meat.

Can I Use Bone-In Chicken?

This recipe is best suited to boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs. Bone-in chicken takes much longer to cook through and you may find that the BBQ sauce begins to burn with those longer cook times.

What Kind of BBQ Sauce is Best?

For an inexpensive yet flavorful BBQ sauce, I usually go with Sweet Baby Ray’s, but I highly suggest using whatever brand BBQ sauce you like the best. And while just about any flavor BBQ sauce would work for this dish, I would lean toward something more on the savory or smoky side rather than a sweeter BBQ sauce.

What to Serve with BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken

I served my BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken with some potato salad and a colorful bean salad (recipes coming next week), but I think it would also go great with Cowboy Caviar, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato Cornbread, Summer Sweet Corn Salad, Spicy Sweet Potato Fries, or Green Chile Mac and Cheese.

BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken on a plate with potato salad and bean salad, a fork grabbing a slice of chicken
close up of a fork taking a piece of bbq cheddar baked chicken off a plate

BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken

Forget boring or bland baked chicken breasts, this BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken is going to be the star of your dinner plate.
Total Cost $8.89 recipe / $2.22 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 320kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.3 pounds total) $7.58
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika $0.10
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce $0.13
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar $0.85
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion $0.05
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro $0.09

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. If your chicken breasts are very thick or uneven in thickness, use a mallet or rolling pin to first pound them out to a more even thickness. Slice the chicken breasts in half, so you have four pieces.
  • Combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Pat the chicken dry with paper towel, then sprinkle the seasoning mix over both sides of each piece of chicken.
  • Place the seasoned chicken pieces in a baking dish, then spoon 1 Tbsp BBQ sauce over top of each piece, spreading it from edge to edge to cover the chicken.
  • Bake the chicken in the preheated 400ºF oven for about 18 minutes (less for smaller or thinner pieces).
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and top each piece with shredded cheddar. Return the chicken to the oven and continue baking for five minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • After baking the chicken, let the chicken rest for five minutes, then top with diced red onion and chopped cilantro just before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 13g | Sodium: 677mg | Fiber: 1g
bbq cheddar baked chicken being lifted out of the baking dish, viewed from the side

How to Make BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken – Step by Step Photos

Pounded Chicken Breast

You’ll need two boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe, about 1.3 lbs. total. If your chicken breasts are very thick or a very uneven thickness, use a mallet or rolling pin to gently pound them to a more even thickness. This helps them cook more quickly and evenly. (Covering them with plastic helps keep everything clean as you pound.

Seasoned chicken breast

Pat the chicken breast dry, then cut each one in half so that you have four pieces. Combine 1 tsp smoked paprika, ½ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper. Sprinkle the seasoning over all sides of the chicken pieces.

BBQ sauce being spread over chicken in a baking dish

Place 1 Tbsp BBQ sauce over each piece of chicken and spread it to cover the surface. Transfer the chicken to the preheated 400ºF oven and bake for about 18 minutes (a few minutes less for smaller or thinner chicken pieces).

Prepared toppings: red onion, cilantro, and cheddar

While the chicken is baking, prepare the toppings. Shred about 1 cup cheddar cheese, finely dice about ¼ cup red onion, and roughly chop ¼ cup cilantro.

Shredded cheese being added to the baked chicken

After baking for about 18 minutes, remove the chicken from the oven and top the chicken with about 1 cup shredded cheese (about ¼ cup per piece of chicken). Return the chicken to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165ºF.

Baked bbq chicken topped with red onion and cilantro

After baking, let the chicken rest for about 5 minutes, then top with the diced red onion and chopped cilantro.

close up of a fork taking a piece of bbq cheddar baked chicken off a plate

Serve and enjoy!!

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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Are you ready for an EASY crockpot recipe? This Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken is one of my family’s favorite meals. We make it all of the time for parties, potlucks, game day, or for an easy weeknight meal. I combine the THREE ingredients in the slow c…

Are you ready for an EASY crockpot recipe? This Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken is one of my family’s favorite meals. We make it all of the time for parties, potlucks, game day, or for an easy weeknight meal. I combine the THREE ingredients in the slow cooker and set it and forget it. I love…

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Sheet Pan BBQ Meatballs

These Sheet Pan BBQ Meatballs are easy, colorful, and delicious. Plus the leftovers hold up great, so they’re meal prep friendly!

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You guys know how I feel about meatballs, right? Well I’m also a huge fan of cooking things on a sheet pan. So I decided to bring these two favorite things of mine together to make these Sheet Pan BBQ Meatballs, complete with roasted peppers and onions, and big slices of sweet pineapple. This meal is delicious, easy, and packs up well for meal prep! WIN.

Sheet pan bbq meatballs on the pan with pineapple, peppers, and onions. Tongs resting on the side.

Use Two Sheet Pans for Best Results

While you can do this all on one sheet pan, you’ll definitely get better results using two pans. Why? Because the peppers and onions caramelize better when they have room to breathe. If they’re too crowded, the steam will get trapped they’ll just get kind of soft instead of having those nice brown flavorful edges. Of course, if convenience is your priority, you may choose to use one pan.

Can I Use a Different Meat?

Absolutely! These meatballs work great with ground pork, beef, or chicken instead of the ground turkey listed in the recipe below.

Do I Need to Line The Sheet Pans?

This is really up to you. I ended up lining the sheet pan I used for my meatballs with parchment paper and left the sheet pan with the peppers, onions, and pineapple unlined. Lining the sheet pan makes clean up a lot easier, but you do get less caramelization since the vegetables are not in direct contact with the hot pan. So, if you prefer easy clean up, go ahead and line both pans. If you prize flavor over convenience, leave the pan (or pans) unlined.

Sheet pan bbq meatballs in a bowl with pineapple, onions and peppers, and rice
Overhead view of sheet pan with bbq meatballs, pineapple, peppers, and onions, tongs on the side

Sheet Pan BBQ Meatballs

These Sheet Pan BBQ Meatballs are easy, colorful, and delicious. Plus the leftovers hold up great, so they're meal prep friendly!
Total Cost $7.84 recipe / $1.96 serving
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 549.03kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1 lb. ground turkey $3.89
  • 1 large egg $0.21
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs $0.07
  • 6 Tbsp BBQ sauce, divided $0.20
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.03
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02

Siides

  • 1 20oz. can pineapple slices (in juice) $0.89
  • 1 yellow onion $0.32
  • 1 red bell pepper $1.50
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil $0.04
  • 1/8 tsp salt $0.02
  • 2 green onions, sliced $0.20
  • 1 cup long grain white rice (uncooked) $0.40

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Combine the ground turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, 2 Tbsp of BBQ sauce (reserve the remaining ¼ cup for later), garlic powder, smoked paprika, and salt in a bowl. Mix the ingredients together by hand until evenly combined.
  • Divide and shape the meat mixture into 16 meatballs. This is easiest by first dividing the mixture into four equal portions, then dividing and shaping each of those portions into four meatballs. The mixture may be fairly wet. That is okay. Place the meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet and set aside.
  • Slice the bell pepper and onion into ¼-inch wide strips. Place the pepper and onion slices on a second baking sheet (lined or unlined, your choice) and drizzle with cooking oil. Toss to coat, then season with salt. Spread the peppers and onions evenly over one side of the baking sheet.
  • Remove the pineapple slices from the can and blot them dry with paper towel. Lay the pineapple slices over the second half of the baking sheet with the peppers and onions.
  • Place both baking sheets in the preheated oven and roast for 15 minutes.
  • While the sheet pans are in the oven, begin cooking the rice. Add the rice and 1.5 cups water to a sauce pot. Place a lid on top and bring the water up to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to low. Let the rice simmer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, turn the heat off and let the rice rest, undisturbed and with the lid on, until the rest of the meal is finished.
  • After roasting for 15 minutes, take the sheet pan with the vegetables out and give the peppers and onions a stir. Use a brush to lightly coat the pineapple slices with about 2 Tbsp BBQ sauce. Return that sheet pan to the oven.
  • Remove the sheet pan with the meatballs and use the brush to lightly coat the meatballs with the remaining 2 Tbsp BBQ sauce. Return the sheet pan to the oven. Finish roasting both sheet pans for an additional 10 minutes.
  • After the meatballs, peppers, onions, and pineapple have finished roasting, it's time to serve! Fluff the rice with a fork, then add about ¾ cup rice to each bowl or meal prep container. Divide the meatballs, peppers, onions, and pineapple slices between the four bowls. Top with sliced green onion, then enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 549.03kcal | Carbohydrates: 77.25g | Protein: 28.68g | Fat: 14.1g | Sodium: 823.63mg | Fiber: 4.15g
Side view of sheet pan with peppers and onions, bbq meatballs, and pineapple slices

How to Make Sheet Pan BBQ Meatballs – Step by Step Photos

Meatball ingredients in a bowl

Begin by preheating the oven to 400ºF. Combine 1 lb. ground turkey, one large egg, ¼ cup breadcrumbs, 2 Tbsp BBQ sauce (save the remaining ¼ cup for later), ¼ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp smoked paprika, and ½ tsp salt in a bowl. Use your hands to mix the ingredients until evenly combined.

Shaped meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet

Divide and shape the meat mixture into 16 meatballs. I do this by first dividing the mixture into four portions, then dividing and shaping each of those portions into four meatballs. Place the meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet. Set them aside.

Sliced peppers and onions on a baking sheet

Slice one yellow onion and one red bell pepper into ¼-inch wide strips. Place the peppers and onions on a second baking sheet and drizzle with 1 Tbsp cooking oil. Toss to coat in the oil, then season with ⅛ tsp salt.

Pineapple slices on a baking sheet with the peppers and onions

Move the peppers and onions over to one side of the baking sheet. Remove the pineapple slices from the can and blot them dry with paper towel. Place the pineapple slices on the other half of the baking sheet with the peppers and onions. Transfer both sheet pans to the oven and roast for 15 minutes.

Cooked rice in sauce pot

While the meatballs, peppers, onions, and pineapple are cooking, begin the rice. Add 1 cup long grain white rice to a sauce pot with 1.5 cups water. Place a lid on top, turn the heat on to high, and bring the water up to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and let the rice simmer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, turn the heat off and let the rice rest, undisturbed and lid in place, until the rest of the meat is finished.

BBQ sauce being brushed onto pineapple slices

After having roasted for 15 minutes, remove the sheet pan with the peppers, onions, and pineapple from the oven. Give the peppers and onions a stir. Use a brush to lightly coat the pineapple with 2 Tbsp BBQ sauce. Return the sheet pan to the oven.

BBQ sauce being brushed onto the meatballs

Remove the sheet pan with the meatballs and use the brush to lightly coat them with the remaining 2 Tbsp BBQ sauce. Return the sheet pan to the oven. Finish roasting both sheet pans for an additional 10 minutes.

Finished sheet pans with meatballs, peppers, onions, and pineapple

After the final 10 minutes you should have some nice caramelization on the peppers and onions and the meatballs will be cooked through.

Glass meal prep container with rice, bbq meatballs, peppers, onions, and pineapple

Fluff the rice with a fork, then add ¾ cup rice to each bowl or meal prep container. Divide the peppers, onions, BBQ meatballs, and pineapple slices between each bowl or container. Top with sliced green onions and serve, or refrigerate until ready to eat (3-4 days).

A bowl with rice, sheet pan BBQ meatballs, roasted peppers and onions, and pineapple slices.

What a delicious meal!!

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Chipotle Beer BBQ Chicken with Creamed Grilled Corn.

This chipotle BBQ chicken + creamed corn will make you the happiest! Most weekends on instagram or my week in the life update, I show a grilled BBQ chicken. Let’s just say it’s a dish I make constantly but never deem special enough to share. You know? Plus. I switch things around so much – […]

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This chipotle BBQ chicken + creamed corn will make you the happiest!

chipotle bbq beer chicken with creamed corn

Most weekends on instagram or my week in the life update, I show a grilled BBQ chicken. Let’s just say it’s a dish I make constantly but never deem special enough to share. You know? Plus. I switch things around so much – the seasonings, the sauce – that it’s never made one exact way.

chipotle beer BBQ sauce

But! So many of you have asked for the recipe, or let’s say the method, that I’m here today with a version of it for you! I made the sauce and while I occasionally switch between homemade and store-bought, the method for this chicken never changes.

Spoiler alert: it’s pretty darn easy.

Since I can’t help but be extra, I had to serve it with this creamed corn. I wish I could curl up in a bowl of this corn and take a nap. It’s another version of summer comfort food that we just can’t get enough of. Make it now while corn is living its best life! 

creamed grilled corn

So! 

We loooove homemade BBQ sauce in this house. I have multiple versions here on the blog and also different ones in each of my cookbooks. If I had to choose, this root beer BBQ sauce may be my favorite, but I truly love them all.

And now… chipotle beer! Um, I’m in love? 

chipotle BBQ sauce

This sauce uses chipotle chili powder for some heat, but you could also dice up a chipotle pepper with some adobo sauce instead. It also uses beer, which I LOVE to use in sauce – but you can always sub the root beer, or even ginger ale or even broth. The sauce can be made ahead of time (and is delicious when it is!) and stored in the fridge.

Grab when you’re ready to make this dish and it will only take a few minutes!

grilled bbq chicken

Now let’s talk about the corn.

This freaking corn – oh my gosh.

First, given the title you obviously know I grilled it. I did and it’s so good. But you don’t HAVE to grill it if you’re in a pinch, or you don’t have a grill, or it’s pouring rain and you can’t walk outside, or if you’re making this in the middle of winter. Use fresh corn cut from the cob – even use frozen corn (it doesn’t have to be thawed first either). Basically, whatever corn you have on hand.

creamed grilled corn

Because this… is absolute heaven. It’s a rich and decadent dish but still somewhat light and fresh. Does that even make sense? Probably not. But it’s a combo of savory and sweet while tasting like the biggest burst of summer.

It almost reminded me of this corn pudding, but again, in a lighter, fresher way. It’s creamy and sweet and the perfect accompaniment to a meat or vegetable dish that has a little heat. This will 100% be a staple for us for all the summers to come!

chipotle bbq beer chicken with creamed corn

Now combined, this is SUCH a good plate. Sticky and saucy chicken with a little spice. Creamy and fresh, sweet corn with herbs. The bites are just perfect together. Add a house salad and you’re good to go! 

chipotle bbq beer chicken with creamed corn

Chipotle BBQ Chicken + Creamed Corn

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Chipotle Beer BBQ Chicken with Creamed Corn

This chipotle bbq chicken is made with homemade chipotle beer BBQ sauce! Serve alongside creamed grilled corn and summer dinner is complete!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup beer
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

creamed grilled corn

  • 6 to 8 ears of corn (you need 2.5 cups kernels)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup milk (any kind works!)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • fresh chopped chives

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a saucepan and whisk together until combined. Heat over medium heat and bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat and cook for 30 to 60 minutes, until thickened. Stir occasionally. Remove from the heat and let sit at room temperature until it cools and thickens even more. You can easily make this ahead of time!
  • Preheat the grill to the highest heat. Once hot, you can throw the ears of corn on the grill and grill them for 15 minutes, turning them every 5 minutes. You could even use leftover grilled corn. You can also make the creamed corn with the fresh corn from the cob. Or from frozen! Once the corn is grilled, set it aside.
  • Season the chicken all over with salt, pepper and garlic powder. I like to brush about a tablespoon or so of the sauce on the chicken.
  • Place the chicken directly on the grates and grill for 5 minutes. Flip and grill for 5 minutes more. Cook for 1 or 2 more minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 or 165 (if it’s 160, it will likely reach 165 as it rests). Remove the chicken and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing. While it rests, you can make the creamed corn.
  • Serve the chicken sliced with the corn.

creamed grilled corn

  • Heat the corn, cream, sugar and garlic in a large skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Add a big pinch of salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Place the milk in a shaker bottle or cup and add the flour. Shake for 30 seconds to make a slurry. Pour it into the skillet, stirring to combine. Cook over medium heat, letting it bubble and simmer but also stirring often, until the mixture is thickened. Once thickened, stir in the parmesan cheese. Taste and season additionally - add more salt and pepper or add more parmesan! Sprinkle with chives and serve.

chipotle bbq beer chicken with creamed corn

Craving.

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