Barbecue Chicken Meatloaf

This barbecue-flavored meatloaf recipe has all the ingredients of our favorite, homemade barbecue sauce mixed right into the meat. It makes a nice change from a classic meatloaf, and because it’s made with ground chicken instead of beef, it’s a little lighter too.

Barbecue Chicken Meatloaf

Barbecue Chicken Meatloaf

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Made with ground chicken and all the ingredients of a homemade barbecue sauce, this meatloaf is a lighter, flavorful change from traditional recipes.


  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, very finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the topping:

  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and coat a shallow baking pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Place the ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, tomato paste, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar and smoked paprika in a large mixing bowl. Add 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper and combine thoroughly.
  3. Turn the mixture onto the prepared pan and form into a uniform loaf. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
  4. Make the topping by combining the ketchup, Worcestershire and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and spread the topping evenly over the top.
  5. Continue baking the meatloaf for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the center registers 165°F.
  6. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.


This meatloaf can easily be made with ground beef, pork or turkey as well.