Oven-Barbecued Chicken

Oven-Barbecued Chicken Recipe

 The Spruce

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 55 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1161 Calories
57g Fat
43g Carbs
113g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 1161
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 57g 73%
Saturated Fat 16g 79%
Cholesterol 356mg 119%
Sodium 2468mg 107%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 15%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 113g
Calcium 107mg 8%
*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.)

This popular oven-barbecued chicken is easy to prepare with a delicious homemade barbecue sauce.

In a pinch, you can use about 1 1/2 cups of your favorite purchased barbecue sauce, a southern molasses barbecue sauce, or bourbon barbecue sauce.

Use a cut-up chicken, chicken halves, or quarters, or use thighs or whole legs in the recipe. Boneless chicken thighs would also work well.


  • For the Chicken
  • 3 1/2 to 4 pounds chicken pieces
  • 2 teaspoon salt (or more as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (ground; or more as needed)
  • Optional: garlic powder
  • For the Barbecue Sauce
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Heat the oven to 350 F.

  3. Sprinkle the chicken pieces liberally with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, if using.

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  4. In a saucepan, combine barbecue sauce ingredients, blending well.

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  5. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, and continue simmering for 1 minute.

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  6. Arrange the chicken pieces in a shallow roasting pan or baking dish, skin-side down, in a single layer.

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  7. Brush the chicken with about half of the sauce. 

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  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.

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  9. Turn the chicken skin-side up. Brush with remaining barbecue sauce.

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  10. Bake until juices of the legs and thighs run clear when pierced with a fork and temperature reads at least 165 F, about 20 to 30 minutes longer. 

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  11. Broil briefly for a few minutes in the end, if you'd like crispier skin.

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  12. Serve with your choice of sides and enjoy!

    Oven-Barbecued Chicken Recipe
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Glass Bakeware Warning

Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.