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This easy Hunter’s Chicken recipe is a British pub classic and surprisingly easy to create your own version at home. Baked chicken breasts, wrapped in bacon, smothered in a homemade barbecue sauce and melted cheese. So good!

Casserole dish out of the oven with delicious and easy Hunter's Chicken recipe.

I love this recipe because it tastes a bit… extra, without extra effort. It’s seriously tasty and perfect with a side order of homemade chips. It goes down a storm with everyone. 

In this easy Hunter’s Chicken recipe we wrap the bacon around the breast to keep it tender and to transfer that flavour. 

It’s then cooked and topped with barbecue sauce and cheese, both of which melt into the meat wonderfully. Yum! 

If you want to make this even easier, you can always use shop-bought BBQ sauce instead of making your own (no judgement here – we all need to do what we can to keep things simple!)


Why you’ll love this Hunter’s Chicken recipe

⭐️ Hearty pub grub

⭐️ Flavour-packed and easy

⭐️ Prep ahead for super quick convenience


Close up of dish of cooked easy Hunter's Chicken recipe.

How we came up with this Hunter’s Chicken recipe

Who remembers feeling super ✨fancy✨ ordering this meal in a pub in the 1980s?!

Sometimes inspiration with making new recipes with chicken is hard to come by. So, I wanted to create my own version of Hunter’s Chicken that had all that nostalgic flavour but was also a really easy midweek meal that would be a hit with the whole family. 

During my research on this dish, I discovered that Hunter’s Chicken comes in various forms in different countries, from Chicken Chasseur in France to Chicken Cacciatore in Italy, both of which involve stew-like saucy dishes filled with herbs, vegetables and meat. Well, not this version!

The recipe we’ve come to know and love here in the UK refers to the chicken and its accompanying ingredients alone, rather than a whole meal. 

It’s usually eaten as classic pub grub, but these days ready-made versions can be found in supermarkets too (but nothing beats homemade, obviously!)


Ingredients

Ingredients for Easy Hunter's Chicken recipe laid out on a counter.
  • Chicken breasts – Boneless and skinless fillets
  • Streaky bacon slices – Pancetta or Parma ham slices work really well too
  • Grated cheese – I think cheddar works really well for flavour, or mozzarella for the lovely bubbling effect
  • Barbecue sauce or following ingredients…

    Hunter’s Chicken Sauce:
  • Tomato ketchup
  • Honey – Runny honey
  • Mustard powder
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Apple cider vinegar – Or white wine vinegar

How to make Hunter’s Chicken

How to make Easy Hunter's Chicken Step 1.
  1. Pre-heat the oven and wrap each chicken breast with bacon. Cook (as per the recipe below).
How to make Easy Hunter's Chicken Step 2.

2. Meanwhile, mix the sauce ingredients together in a small pan.

How to make Easy Hunter's Chicken Step 3.

3. Cook the sauce on the hob whilst the chicken is in the oven.

How to make Easy Hunter's Chicken Step 4.

4. Pour the sauce over the cooked chicken, add cheese and return to the oven.


Substitutions

  • BBQ sauce – You can buy this ready-made in a bottle if you prefer

Leftovers

In the fridge Store leftovers, covered, in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave until hot through. This is not a favourite meal to reheat, just because cheese warmed twice is not the best BUT it’s fine for a leftovers lunch!

In the freezer If you want to get prepared, you could wrap the raw chicken breast in bacon and freeze like this. Then, when you’re ready to make Hunter’s Chicken, defrost the meat thoroughly beforehand, and cook as per the recipe.

You could also freeze these after they’ve been cooked. Open freeze them on a baking tray and transfer to a plastic container once they’re solid.

Defrost them thoroughly overnight and then cook for 15-20 minutes, ensuring the chicken is piping hot all the way through

Top tips

Prep ahead

Make this ahead by mixing the sauce and wrapping the chicken ready to be cooked. Keep refrigerated.

Chicken

If you have bought a pack of 3 large chicken breasts, you can slice these in half lengthways and make two stacks of chicken breast to wrap in the bacon.

More one pan chicken dinners…

FAQs

What should I serve with Hunter’s Chicken?

I love this with homemade chips and steamed veggies (peas or broccoli work well). But it also works well with lots of sides, like coleslaw, salad, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes.

Do you have any similar recipes?

I do have a few, such as my Pizza-Topped Chicken and my One Pan Pesto Chicken Bake. You might also like my Popcorn Chicken, my Honey Mustard Chicken and my Marry Me Chicken!

Let me know how you got on and what you thought of these recipes. Please rate the recipe using the ⭐️ below.

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4.98 from 46 votes

Hunter’s Chicken {Easy & Delicious!}

This is the ultimate big flavour, low fuss family favourite for a quick midweek or weekend meal. This easy Hunter’s Chicken recipe, made up of chicken, bacon, cheese and barbecue sauce is so delicious and simple to make.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 4x Chicken breasts
  • 8x Slices of streaky bacon
  • 100 g Grated cheddar cheese

For the BBQ sauce:

  • 5 tbsp Tomato ketchup
  • 3 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tsp Mustard powder
  • 2 tbsp Dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar, Or white wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Water

Instructions 

  • Heat the oven to 200C and oil or line a baking tray.
  • Place the chicken breasts on the tray and wrap two slices of bacon around each. Cook in the oven for 25 minutes. (You may want to flip the chicken over as it cooks so the bacon underneath can crisp.)
  • While the chicken is cooking, mix the ingredients for the sauce and cook in a pan on the hob over a medium heat for about 5-10 minutes until thickened.
  • After 25 minutes pour the barbecue sauce over the chicken, add the grated cheese and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes.

Notes

BBQ sauce: You could always use a shop bought BBQ sauce instead
Prep ahead: Mix the sauce and wrap the chicken ready to be cooked later
Chicken: If you have bought a pack of 3 large chicken breasts, you can slice these in half lengthways and make two stacks of chicken breast to wrap in the bacon
Freezing: You could freeze these when cooked. Open freeze them on a baking tray and transfer to a plastic container once they’re solid. Defrost them thoroughly overnight and then cook for 15-20 minutes, ensuring the chicken is piping hot all the way through
 

Nutrition

Calories: 457kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 55gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 170mgSodium: 639mgPotassium: 934mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 415IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 200mgIron: 1mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Family Food
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16 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My 7 year old gave it a 9/10 and that very high praise from her. Everyone loved it but the sauce was a bit runny and not sure how to thicken it?

  2. 4 stars
    I made this with chicken drumsticks – which took forever to cook (1hr 10min) at 200 degrees. The flavors where delicious and I will definitely make again but with breast!

  3. Wow that was the best meal I have ever cooked, and just as good as any *Eat Out Ones.*
    Thanks so much. I will be trying others of yours now.

    Best regards.

  4. 5 stars
    Loved the recipe but I wasn’t able to get mustard powder for the sauce at my local supermarket. I substituted 2tsp Dijon mustard, but not sure this was enough and will add more next time.

  5. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh this is fabulous, I am a simple and unambiguous out of my depth kind of cook but this worked exactly as per the instructions and it just tastes amazing, thank you so much!