Oven-Barbecued Chicken Thighs

Oven barbecued chicken thighs

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  • Total: 65 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 55 mins
  • Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
2602 Calories
147g Fat
40g Carbs
265g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 2602
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 147g 189%
Saturated Fat 40g 200%
Cholesterol 837mg 279%
Sodium 1473mg 64%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 265g
Calcium 228mg 18%
*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.)

Tasty chicken thighs are baked with a homemade barbecue sauce for a delicious, everyday family meal. Grill seasoning flavors the chicken thighs, then they're seared and baked to perfection with a homemade barbecue sauce. If you need a shortcut, replace the barbecue sauce ingredients with about 1 1/2 cups of your favorite commercial barbecue sauce. 

Use boneless or bone-in chicken thighs in the recipe, preferably without the skin. If you use skin-on thighs, brown the skin well before baking.


  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 1 container grill seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic (mashed and finely minced​)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Heat oven to 350 F (180 C/Gas 4). 

  3. Sprinkle the chicken thighs generously with the grill seasoning.

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  4. Heat the olive oil in a large, oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat and sear the chicken thighs on both sides until browned.

    Heat the olive oil in a skillet
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  5. If the skillet is not oven-safe, transfer the chicken thighs to a foil-lined baking pan or baking dish. If you left the skin on, cook it until the skin is golden brown and crisp.

    Transfer the chicken thighs to a baking pan
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  6. Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl.

    Combine ingredients in a bowl
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  7. Spoon over the chicken thighs.

    Spoon over the chicken thighs
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  8. Cover the skillet or baking dish tightly with foil and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until chicken is tender.

    Cover the pan
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  9. Serve with your favorite barbecue sides like coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, and okra and enjoy!

Quick Spicy Chicken Seasoning

  • Combine 1 teaspoon of ground paprika with 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, and a pinch of ground cayenne pepper.


  • For some smoky flavor, add about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke or a smoky mesquite seasoning.
  • Replace the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce with your favorite barbecue sauce. Add the garlic, if desired, and sweeten with some honey, agave nectar, or brown sugar, if you'd like. 
  • Add a sliced onion to the skillet along with the chicken thighs.

Serving Suggestions

  • For a beverage, iced tea is an excellent choice, or serve beer for the adults. A fruity white zinfandel or rose would go well with the sweet sauce.
  • Potato salad or baked potatoes, grilled or steamed vegetables, and coleslaw are good side dishes to consider. Baked beans and roasted vegetables go well with barbecued meat and poultry as well.