Oven Barbecued Chicken Recipe

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  • Total: 70 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 55 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
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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.

What You'll Need

  • 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
  • Barbecue Sauce:
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Sprinkle the chicken pieces liberally with salt and pepper. Sprinkle lightly with garlic powder, if using.
  3. In a saucepan, combine barbecue sauce ingredients, blending well. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, and continue simmering for 1 minute.
  4. Arrange the chicken pieces in a shallow roasting pan or baking dish skin side down in a single layer. Brush the chicken with about half of the sauce. 
  1. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  2. Turn the chicken skin side up. Brush with remaining barbecue sauce.
  3. 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. 
  4. Broil briefly for a few minutes in the end, if you'd like crispier skin.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1161 Calories
57g Fat
43g Carbs
113g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)