Syn Free Slimming World Hunters Chicken

If you enjoy cheese, BBQ sauce and bacon as much as I do, then this Syn Free Hunters Chicken is for you! If you’re in the mood for comfort food, then it’s probably time to melt some cheese and get stuck in. Not only is this dish syn free, but it’s super easy, satisfying and delicious.


Hunters Chicken Needs BBQ Sauce…

BBQ sauce from a bottle is synned, and that simply won’t do for a syn free Hunters Chicken…obviously! That’s why, for this recipe, you make your own BBQ sauce. It is tangy, sweet, delicious and easy to make. Best of all, it’s a much healthier BBQ sauce than you would ever find in a bottle and as such goes perfectly with this syn free chicken dinner.

Not only that, but it also adds speed food to your dish which is never a bad thing! You may be feeling some trepidation about whether or not you can switch from your traditional bottled BBQ sauce but I promise you, if you try this you won’t regret it one bit! 

Syn Free - Slimming World - Hunters Chicken - Recipe

I like to bake my syn free Hunters Chicken in individual dishes to ensure that they remain syn free and that each portion is easily served up. If you prefer, you can bake them together which works perfectly if you’re looking for a quick dinner for the whole family or if you’re meal prepping for the week ahead. 

You can find similar dishes to the one I’ve used here

Can Syn Free Hunters Chicken Be Frozen? 

If you are looking to meal prep this delicious syn free dinner, then go right ahead! However, my suggestion would be to leave off the cheese when you cook them ahead of time and add it on when you reheat at a later date. 

If you are cooking more than a couple of days in advance, you can absolutely freeze this recipe. Simply make sure that you defrost completely before reheating and that your dish is piping hot all the way through before serving. 

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Bit On The Side… 

Whether you’re serving them up individually (super cute if you’ve got people round for dinner!) or making a big cheesy load of them together, one thing’s for certain and that is that Hunters Chicken goes great with chips! Oven baked chips are syn free on Slimming World, I make mine like this for the perfect crispy finish every time.

My crispy oven baked chips were the perfect side dish for this mouthwatering syn free meal. Even better, the BBQ sauce goes great with the chips and you’ve got plenty of sauce for dipping which basically means you’re winning at life with this meal! 

Syn Free - Slimming World - Hunters Chicken - Recipe

Obviously you need to make sure you’re eating plenty of speed food too, so your Hunters Chicken should also be accompanied by a healthy helping of whichever speedy veg you fancy. I went with broccoli, a firm favourite in my house, which was also pretty great for dipping!

Syn Free - Slimming World - Hunters Chicken - Recipe

How To Make Syn Free Hunters Chicken

Whichever way you look at it, anything that involves tender chicken, topped with salty bacon, drenched in homemade BBQ Sauce and covered in cheese is going to be delicious, it’s just a miracle that Slimming World allows you to enjoy all of that and still lose weight. Sometimes it might feel hard to believe, but it works and I’m not planning on questioning it any time soon, that’s for sure! 

Syn Free - Slimming World - Hunters Chicken - Recipe

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Syn Free Slimming World Hunters Chicken

A tender chicken dish covered in homemade syn free BBQ Sauce and melted cheese!

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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4 based on 3 review(s)


  • 2x Chicken Breasts
  • 4x Bacon Medalions
  • 70g Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • Syn Free BBQ Sauce (see recipe below)
  • For the BBQ Sauce
  • 1x Tin Tomato
  • 1tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1tsp White Wine/Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Juice of Half a Lemon
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  • 2tsp BBQ Seasoning


  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Add all of the ingredients for the BBQ sauce into a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Take the sauce off the heat and blend the sauce using a hand blender .
  4. Layer a few tablespoons of BBQ sauce into each baking tin , add the chicken and layer the bacon over each equally.
  5. Spoon over the rest of the BBQ sauce and then cover each with half of the cheese.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  7. Serve immediately with your choice of sides!


Syn free on Slimming World using your Healthy Extra A.



350 cal


24 g


18 g


18 g
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Hijacked By Twins



    24/01/2017 at 3:24 pm

    This looks like a hearty and tasty chicken dish with so much flavor from the sauce. Great dish.
    1. Cliona

      24/01/2017 at 3:24 pm

      Thank you Janette!
  • Jamie | The Kitchenarium

    24/01/2017 at 3:24 pm

    I love the presentation of them served individually like that. This is the cozy kind of food I crave this time of year.
    1. Cliona

      24/01/2017 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks very much Jamie! I'm a big fan of 'cute' ?
  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    24/01/2017 at 4:48 pm

    Sounds like a great chicken dish. Love that you make a homemade BBQ sauce to go with it.
  • Donna

    24/01/2017 at 5:23 pm

    How much better is homemade bbq sauce!!! We started making our own about a year ago, and have never looked back :) This dish sounds amazing, definitely a big bowl of comfort right there!
  • Katrin

    24/01/2017 at 5:27 pm

    This is perfect comfort food. Great recipe!
  • jenny paulin

    24/01/2017 at 10:19 pm

    I am following a SW eating plan so your recipes are right up my street! I must sign up so I can see more of your ideas, as sometimes it is good to get some ideas for meals isn't it? I love the individual portions you have made x
    1. Cliona

      25/01/2017 at 8:42 am

      Hi Jenny, thanks so much ? I'm so pleased you like my recipes! Do pop your name and email into the subscriber box for recipes straight to your inbox! It's always best to switch things up and learn new recipes ? x
  • Mandy

    25/01/2017 at 6:42 am

    Looks like a perfect winter warmer meal. And great that it's syn free too! Thanks for adding to #CookBlogShare
  • Louise Fairweather

    26/01/2017 at 8:19 pm

    I love Hunter's chicken and one with less calories has to be good #cookblogshare
  • Kirsty Hijacked by Twins

    27/01/2017 at 5:53 pm

    I must try the BBQ sauce it sounds so good! Got to love a son free dinner x #CookBlogShare
  • Kelley

    14/02/2017 at 7:38 am

    What bbq seasoning do you use as most have syns?
    1. Cliona

      15/02/2017 at 5:19 pm

      I usually use one from Spice 'n' Tice or from Schwartz :)
  • Fiona H

    17/04/2017 at 8:34 am

    We tried this recipe a couple of weeks ago and it's back on our meal plan this week. So great, especially with SW chips! Thank you for all your inspiring recipes!
    1. Cliona

      17/04/2017 at 1:59 pm

      I'm so pleased you like it! Thanks so much for your lovely comment!
  • Danielle

    01/05/2017 at 8:14 pm

    I am making this for dinner tomorrow. I love hunters chicken and am so glad to have found a healthier recipe for it thank you.
    1. Cliona

      02/05/2017 at 11:50 am

      I'm so pleased! Hope you enjoyed it!
  • Natalie

    16/05/2017 at 6:50 pm

    Not sure what happened with mine! But at the 20 minute mark my chicken was still very raw, would of had to leave it in for at least an hour!
    1. Cliona

      17/05/2017 at 12:16 pm

      Hi Natalie, that is very odd! Of course you should always cook for as long as needed to cook through and all ovens are different, 20 minutes is usually sufficient to cook the average chicken breast but of course if you check it and it is still too raw then you should leave it in longer!
    2. Jacky Montgomery

      26/10/2017 at 9:26 am

      HI Natalie, mine was the same, I would say it definitely needed longer.
  • chris

    19/05/2017 at 1:08 pm

    do you know how many calories are in your hunters chicken recipe?
    1. Cliona

      23/05/2017 at 10:41 am

      Hi Chris, I don't know the calorie content for my recipes I'm afraid as that's not the basis that Slimming World works on, however you can of course work it out using the ingredients list if you do want to count calories :)
  • Beth Paterson

    21/05/2017 at 10:46 am

    Just found some of your recipes. They look quick & easy, which is great for me. I'm on holiday this week so I can spend time having a really good look at them & trying them out with the family! I absolutely hate thinking about & cooking midweek meals, so fingers crossed & I'll let you know! Thanks!
    1. Cliona

      23/05/2017 at 10:40 am

      Hi Beth, lovely to hear from you! I'm so glad you've found my site and feel that the recipes will be helpful for you! I always try and make recipes that are quick, simple and tasty so I'm sure you and your family will love them as much as I do!
  • Danielle

    23/07/2017 at 12:41 am

    I fell off slimming world for a while but am restarting this week and this is going to be the first dinner i am going to make i absolutely love it
  • Jean cooper

    31/08/2017 at 5:59 pm

    I made this tonight and like another poster had to leave it in for another half hour. Having said that it's turned out to be one of the most succelent chicken dishes I have ever tasted. Thanks
    1. Cliona

      04/09/2017 at 8:36 pm

      Hi Jean, I'm so pleased you like it! Perhaps my oven was running a bit hot that day!
  • Christine

    14/09/2017 at 11:49 am

    Hi Cliona If I half cooked the chicken first would it be better because my electric oven always seems to take longer than others it a brand new oven .
    1. Cliona

      26/09/2017 at 12:16 pm

      You could do that, although it shouldn't matter too much if you leave it for longer :)
  • Liz Hanley

    20/10/2017 at 9:26 am

    Just came across your recipe and wondered if it can be frozen and if so at what stage?
    1. Cliona

      13/11/2017 at 5:21 pm

      Hi Liz, what I'd advise is making the BBQ sauce and then freezing it in a zip lock bag with the chicken. You can then defrost and add the cheese on when it goes in the oven!
  • Lesley Bristow

    30/10/2017 at 5:43 pm

    Surely with the chees there must be Syns ?
    1. Cliona

      13/11/2017 at 5:19 pm

      Hi Lesley, the cheese can be counted as your Healthy Extra A as stated in the recipe :)
  • CJ

    02/12/2017 at 5:49 pm

    Hi Cliona, I live in America so I am trying to figure out what a tin of tomatoes are and what you consider tomato puree, can you help me out?
    1. Cliona

      06/12/2017 at 2:04 pm

      Hi CJ, no worries! This is a tin of tomatoes: and this is tomato puree:
  • Kelda

    05/03/2018 at 5:46 pm

    What do you do with the other half of the cheese?
    1. Cliona

      12/03/2018 at 6:40 pm

      Hi Kelda, you could use the other half of your healthy extra however you wanted :)
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  • norma robertson

    07/08/2019 at 9:21 pm

    Where is the nutritional value for this recipe please ie caories carbs protein ect.
    1. Cliona

      04/10/2019 at 8:00 am

      Hi Norma, I don't generally include dietary information on my recipes out side of Slimming World information.
  • Julie

    30/08/2019 at 11:23 am

    Hi when you say freeze it with the sauce is that raw chicken and the sauce cooled down? Can u keep the sauce chilled? If so for how long ? I work all week and I am looking for meals I can prep and keep in the fridge rather than freeze as it takes forever to defrost? Thanks
    1. Cliona

      04/10/2019 at 7:58 am

      Hi Julie, I would definitely let the sauce cool down before freezing. You can also keep the sauce chilled. I can't give you an exact fridge life for the sauce but I've kept it in the fridge for up to a week before and used it still. Hope that helps!
  • Debbie

    17/09/2019 at 6:38 pm

    have to say neither of us are slimming as we're beyond redemption lol, we get food bored so tried this recipe. Was absolutely amazing so keeping. Have to say though didn't use BBQ seasoning used 2 tblsp of honey BBQ sauce. Chicken took longer on gas mark 6 but they were large breast fillets (that's where the instant read thermometer comes in handy). Thank you very much will defo make this time and time again. x
    1. Cliona

      04/10/2019 at 7:56 am

      That's so amazing to hear! Thanks so much for letting me know!
  • Sian Sweet

    21/09/2019 at 8:23 am

    Hi. Is that 1 tin of chopped tomatoes for the BBQ sauce? Looking forward to trying this out!
    1. Cliona

      04/10/2019 at 7:55 am

      It is, yes :)
  • Nicole

    17/11/2019 at 4:13 pm

    Hi, I have cooked this a few times now and we love it! I would like to do 4 chicken breast in one dish, could you tell me how this would effect the cooking time please?
    1. Cliona

      18/11/2019 at 1:37 pm

      Hi Nicole, I'm so glad you like it! I'd add some time on to the cooking length but can't advise exactly how much. Maybe try 10 minutes extra and then check to see if they're cooked through. It might take some trial end error to find the perfect length of time in the oven though, so checking as they bake is the best option. Enjoy!
  • Linda

    19/01/2021 at 4:23 am

    I think the oven set at 180 degrees can’t be Fahrenheit which is why some are not cooked thoroughly. It would be helpful to specify that in the recipe. It’s probably close to around 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    1. Cliona

      20/01/2021 at 8:57 pm

      You're right, it's celcius which is what we use in the UK normally :) I'll update the recipe to specify!
  • Margaret O’Brien

    23/03/2021 at 12:52 pm

    Made this the other day. We loved it. Will be a regular on our menu now. I buy free range chicken which is good if you can afford the price. I didn't have bbq seasoning so I used smoked paprika which I use quite a lot because I just love it. I also used reduced fat mature cheddar. Delicious. I made slimming world chips to go with it along with some fresh green vegetables.
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  • Sarah

    02/12/2021 at 5:02 pm

    I make this on a regular basis, and my husband loves it!! Though last night I found that I had run out of BBQ Seasoning, so a quick think and I used Moroccan Seasoning instead. Equally yummy. And half the sauce has gone into the freezer for the next time. An easy, quick, tasty and versatile recipe. Yum!!

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