Oven-Baked Barbecued Chicken

barbecue chicken
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 2 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
879 Calories
46g Fat
22g Carbs
90g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 879
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 46g 58%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 285mg 95%
Sodium 647mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 90g
Calcium 76mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Whether it is pouring rain outside, your grill is buried in snow, or you just don't want to have to deal with the messy clean-up afterward, oven-baked barbecue chicken is a delicious and ideal alternative to grilled. This easy family dinner recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight as it doesn't require a lot of chopping or dicing—simply prepare the sauce and baste the chicken pieces! Turn dinner into an indoor cookout or picnic by serving this barbecue baked chicken with coleslaw and potato salad

The barbecue sauce is cooked on the stove first, before pouring over the chicken and placing in the oven. If you like your barbecue sauce spicy, add a bit of hot sauce or chili paste. You can also use molasses, replace the brown sugar with honey, or add a little Asian twist with a bit of soy sauce or hoisin sauce. Of course, if you have a favorite barbecue sauce recipe, feel free to use it in place of the recipe we've provided.


  • 3 pounds chicken parts (thighs and leg quarters or whole, cut-up chicken)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup vinegar (such as apple cider, distilled or balsamic)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  2. Line a baking pan with foil; spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

  3. Pat the chicken pieces dry with paper towels.

  4. Combine the remaining ingredients in a saucepan and place it over medium heat. Bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.

  5. Sprinkle the chicken with kosher salt and black pepper.

  6. Arrange the chicken pieces in the prepared pan.

  7. Pour heated sauce over chicken.

  8. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, basting occasionally.