Diabetic Friendly BBQ Chicken Breasts Recipe

You might have browsed tons of diabetic chicken recipes and wondered, “can diabetics eat grilled chicken?” We’re here to tell you, yes! This diabetic-friendly BBQ chicken recipe is full of delicious, low-calorie ingredients to keep your diet in check. It makes for a perfect summer meal everyone can enjoy! Serve with your favorite arugula salad or tuck it in a spring roll for a quick healthy snack on the go. 

Preparing the Diabetic Friendly BBQ Chicken Breasts Recipe

Still in doubt as to whether grilled chicken is healthy? Here are some facts to convince you. Firstly, grilling is a healthy cooking method that won’t raise blood sugar levels. Next, chicken is one of the best lean meat options as they are low in calories and have a good amount of fat. When cooked the right way, and with the right selection of ingredients, you can enjoy chicken guilt-free even with strict dietary restrictions. We also used the healthiest part of the chicken — chicken breast —for this homemade BBQ chicken recipe. Worry not, we made sure that you’ll be having a low-calorie meal that is high in quality and flavor.

Diabetic Friendly BBQ Chicken Breasts Recipe

How To Make Diabetic Friendly BBQ Chicken Breasts

Have a guilt-free and satisfying meal with our diabetic BBQ chicken recipe. Grilled to perfection with garlic and marinated with olive oil and chili sauce for an additional spicy kick.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 4 hrs 10 mins
Total: 4 hrs 20 mins


  • lb chicken breasts, skin-on and boneless
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp dry sugar substitute, of your choice, to taste
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil, cleaned
  • 1 tbsp quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp chili flakes
  • salt and ground black pepper, to season and to taste

To Serve:

  • 1 cup brown rice, or whole wheat pasta of your choice
  • ¼ tsp parsley, chopped


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine ketchup, chicken broth, sugar substitute, tapioca, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, cinnamon, and chili flakes. Whisk until evenly incorporated and sugar substitute has melted. Set aside.
  2. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.
  3. Heat up a skillet with oil over medium-high heat then sear for roughly 5 minutes per side until golden brown.
  4. Once seared, transfer into your slow cooker and pour in your ketchup mixture.
  5. Cover and cook on Low for roughly 4 hours or until chicken is fully cooked through.
  6. Once cooked, set aside in a warm area. Adjust the seasoning of the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve your chicken with sauce on either whole wheat pasta of your choice or brown rice. Garnish with parsley.


  • Sugar: 4g
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  • Calcium: 37mg
  • Calories: 470kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Cholesterol: 121mg
  • Fat: 18g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 8g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Potassium: 572mg
  • Protein: 42g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Sodium: 389mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 286IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
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Frequently Asked Questions

What goes well with chicken BBQ?

For an all-round healthy meal, a side of green salad goes best with chicken barbecue. You can serve a lightly roasted tomato caprese salad to add fresh flavors and juiciness. Grilled Mexican Corn Salad will pair up well with barbecue chicken as well with both dishes having a sweet and smoky flavor.

How do you get BBQ sauce to stick to chicken?

If you didn’t have time to marinate the chicken, you can simply slather on our homemade sauce right before grilling. But if you’re using skinless chicken breasts, the BBQ sauce may slip off the meat. One wayto ensure that the sauce will stick is by rolling the chicken in any dry ingredient first. You can easily do this by lightly coating them with flour or salt and pepper before dredging the chicken meat in BBQ sauce.

How do you keep chicken from drying out on the grill?

Submerging your chicken in brines prevents them from getting dry and rubbery once you start to grill. One of the best brines is soy sauce, as it tenderizes the meat and provides additional savory flavor. If you happen to not have it, you can brine the chicken breasts in water with salt.

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Having a delicious and great meal should not make us feel guilty. Our diabetic BBQ chicken aims to give you a guilt-free yet flavorful low-calorie meal. This will definitely go to your best recipes for diabetics list. Make it for yourself or for your loved ones to try!
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