Chicken breast wrapped in smoked streaky bacon, lots of melted cheddar and sticky sweet BBQ sauce
Hunters Chicken

A classic pub food favourite, but super yummy and easy to make at home too, Hunters Chicken. Chicken breast wrapped in smoked streaky bacon, lots of melted cheddar and sticky sweet BBQ sauce. So how do we make this GD friendly? We make a no added sugar BBQ sauce!

Heinz No Added Sugar Tomato Ketchup has only 5.7g carbs per 100g (please note, this is the NO ADDED SUGAR tomato ketchup with the turquoise label, not the 50% reduced sugar & salt one with a light blue label) and is the ketchup I use for this Hunters Chicken low carb BBQ sauce recipe. You can of course use another brand of no added sugar or sugar free tomato ketchup, but compare the total carbs to the Heinz No Added Sugar one to check it is not too high in carbs.

Heinz tomato ketchups compared

In this recipe I also use liquid smoke. It’s completely optional and can be made without, however if you have liquid smoke or can get some it will really make this low carb BBQ sauce next level! The brand of liquid smoke I use is Colgin and a little goes a long way!

Colgin Liquid Smoke

If you prefer your BBQ sauce to have a kick, then you can add Franks Hot Sauce or chilli into it too.

Hunters Chicken


Hunters Chicken

Hunters Chicken

Chicken breast wrapped in smoked streaky bacon, lots of melted cheddar and sticky sweet BBQ sauce
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Course: Main Meals
Cuisine: British
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Keyword: BBQ sauce, chicken
Free or Subscription Recipe: Free Recipe
Free from: coconut, eggs, gluten, nuts
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 544kcal
Author: Jo Paterson


For the BBQ Sauce

  • 200 grams Heinz No Added Sugar Tomato Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • 1 tbsp Worcester sauce
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic salt (or garlic granules/powder & salt)
  • ½ tsp onion granules
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke (optional)
  • 3 tbsp Sukrin gold (brown sweetener) (or sweetener - optional to taste)
  • water as needed

For the Hunters Chicken

  • 4 large skinless chicken breast fillets
  • 8 rashers smoked streaky bacon (or unsmoked if preferred)
  • 200 grams grated cheddar


For the BBQ Sauce

  • Add tomato ketchup, Worcester sauce, vinegar, smoked paprika, garlic salt, onion granules and liquid smoke to a bowl and stir really well
  • Taste a small amount of the BBQ sauce and add sweetener to taste. Sukrin gold is a brown sweetener which adds a caramelised taste, however other sweeteners will not add this and will only sweeten the sauce, so test and see then add sweetener to your liking (Note: If using a granulated sweetener which is granulated in crystals like sugar, it is best to wait 5-10 minutes then taste to ensure the granules have dissolved)
  • Add water a tbsp at a time as needed to make the BBQ sauce to a consistency where it is pourable but thick enough to stick and coat the chicken

For the Hunters Chicken

  • Preheat oven to 200°c (fan)
  • Wrap each chicken breast fillet with 2 rashers of streaky bacon, overlapping the edges of the bacon so that the whole fillet is covered (this helps keep the chicken breast moist when cooking). Place in a deep sided ovenproof dish/tray then cook in the oven for 20 minutes or until the bacon is looking cooked and slightly crisp at the edges
  • Remove the dish from the oven. Then the next step is your own choice as to what you prefer; you can either pour BBQ sauce over each chicken breast and top with grated cheese, OR sprinkle the cheese over the chicken and top with the BBQ sauce
  • Place the dish back into the oven and cook for a further 10-15 minutes, or until the Hunters Chicken is cooked to your liking (careful not to burn your BBQ sauce!)
  • Serve your Hunters Chicken with a small serving of your choice of starchy carbs (we usually eat these with a few potato wedges, sweet potato fries or brown rice), a green salad, homemade coleslaw and a big dollop of full fat mayonnaise


For this recipe I use Sukrin Gold which is an erythritol blend brown sugar alternative. It really helps the flavour of the BBQ sauce, however it can be hard to source as it usually only available to purchase online or in health food stores and can be expensive.
Sukrin gold
The brand of xylitol that I use in many of my recipes which will work as a suitable substitute to Sukrin Gold and is most widely available in larger supermarkets is Total Sweet. To find a local stockist, please check this link. It is important to note that xylitol, although a natural sweetener, is highly toxic to dogs, so no sharing your GD treats with your furry friends!
total sweet xylitol
If you have IBS or similar conditions, then you may find xylitol triggers your symptoms. If this the case for you, erythritol sweeteners are what I recommend using instead of xylitol as erythritol has little to no impact on the gastric system.
Artificial powdered sweeteners such as sucralose (like Splenda) or aspartame (like Canderel) can be used in the sauce but they may raise blood glucose levels and cause a bitter aftertaste.
For the best outcomes with this recipe it is best to use the ingredients recommended and in the quantities stated.


Calories: 544kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 37g | of which saturates: 17g | Fibre: 1g | of which sugars: 3g