Oven-Barbecued Chicken

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  • Total: 70 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 55 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1161 Calories
57g Fat
43g Carbs
113g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
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.

  2. Heat the oven to 350 F.

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

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

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

  6. 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. 

  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.

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

  9. 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. 

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

  11. Serve with your choice of sides and enjoy!