Oven Barbecued Chicken Recipe


  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 3-4 pound broiler/fryer chicken, cut up
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 Cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 Cups ketchup
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1/3 Cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Brown chicken on both sides. Remove to paper towels to drain.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes.

Place chicken in an ungreased 13x9-inch. baking dish. Pour sauce over chicken. Bake, uncovered, 45-60 minutes or until chicken juices run clear, basting occasionally.

Nutritional Facts


Calories Per Serving234

Folate equivalent (total)7µg2%

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With all the smoky flavors of chicken made on the grill, our Oven Barbecued Chicken recipe is a super option when the weather doesn’t permit cooking outdoors. Moist and tender, tangy and flavorful, this one will have 'em licking their fingers.

What You'll Need

  • 1 (3- to 3-1/2-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces and skin removed (see Note)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 / 4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Place chicken in baking dish and sprinkle with flour, coating evenly.
  3. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients mix well. Pour evenly over chicken and cover tightly with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake 30 minutes then uncover and bake 30 to 35 more minutes, or until the juices run clear and no pink remains.

NOTE: We usually remove the skin from the chicken because it reduces the fat in this dish, but the recipe works just as well with the chicken skin left on.

How long does it take to BBQ chicken on the grill? Can I make this recipe on the grill?

BBQ Chicken can be cooked low and slow on a grill at a 250-275 degree Fahrenheit heat which will take approximately 90 minutes to cook through to a safe internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. You can make this recipe on the grill using these time and temperature guidelines. Be sure to baste your chicken with the barbecue sauce as it cooks and flip your chicken halfway through cooking time. Finish by searing the chicken over a high heat to caramelize the sauce and crisp up the skin.

What is cross contamination? How can I avoid it?

Cross contamination is where bacteria are accidentally transferred from one item to another. In this recipe, you need to be careful not to contaminate your barbecue sauce with bacteria from raw chicken. If you touch your chicken with a brush or spoon, and then stick that utensil back into the bowl, the sauce is now contaminated. This means that the sauce cannot be eaten unless it has been cooked.

To avoid this, use a clean spoon to transfer a small amount of sauce into a bowl, and then use a different spoon or brush to coat the chicken with this sauce. This will allow you to have extra sauce to coat your chicken with during the cooking process if you’d like.

If you like this recipe, check out these delicious side dishes that will go perfect with your BBQ chicken:

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Oven BBQ Chicken Breasts

Barbecuing chicken can take a lot of time that sometimes isn't available during busy weeknights. But our simple oven BBQ chicken simplifies the process by baking boneless chicken breasts in a delicious homemade sauce. This quick recipe using pantry staples brings dinner to your table in just 40 minutes. During the cooking time, you can toss a salad and make quick microwave mashed potatoes for a complete and filling dinner. Other tasty options to accompany this chicken are mac and cheese, a potato salad, or a simple steamed rice.

A basic grill seasoning adds excellent flavor to the chicken breast, and if you don't have a blend at home, simply mix to taste items from your spice rack such as cumin, cayenne, paprika, salt, and powdered garlic and onions. Our recipe also includes a quick and easy homemade barbecue sauce to provide that quintessential smokey taste. For an even speedier preparation, use your favorite store-bought barbecue sauce, but be mindful of the sugar content of the sauce as the higher it is, the more likely it is to burn easily in the oven.

Although chicken breasts can dry out fast, by rubbing them with oil first you're adding additional moisture and also providing a layer for the rub to stick to. Our BBQ chicken breasts always come out with the perfect amount of juiciness. If the chicken breasts you're using are very thick, you may be able to get by with just two. In order to feed more people and have the chicken cook evenly, slice them horizontally to make four cutlets. For extra flavor add sliced onions at the bottom of the baking dish.

Easy BBQ Chicken in the Oven Recipe

The way I bake my barbecue chicken is similar to the way that I prepare my ribs — “low and slow”. This preparation method works well because the meat comes out nice and juicy. That is probably why this dish is a friend and family favorite! While it takes a little bit longer to prepare than many of my weeknight staples (total time), it still doesn’t take a lot of hands-on time. See for yourself…


  • 1 lb chicken, cut into pieces (my family prefers legs, thighs and wings)
  • Seasonings of your choice (I use black pepper, seasoned salt and adobo)
  • 1 cup of barbecue sauce*
  • 1/4 cup of honey

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Liberally season both sides of the chicken with your preferred seasonings and place the chicken into the bottom of a 13” x 9” baking dish.
3. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and place it into the heated oven.
4. Let the chicken bake covered for an hour. (Be certain to take the chicken out and turn it over to the other side at the half hour mark.)
5. While the chicken is baking, stir the barbecue sauce and honey together in a small bowl.
6. After the hour is complete, take the baking dish out of the oven. Drain any excess liquid and pour the honey barbecue sauce over the chicken.
7. Place the chicken with the barbecue sauce back into the oven and let it cook uncovered for an additional 10 minutes.

Recipe Note

I sometimes use a barbecue sauce recipe that I learned at a blogging event with Chef Carla Hall. You can find it below:

  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup White or Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper


1. Mix all of the barbecue sauce ingredients together into a small pot and simmer over a low heat for 15 – 20 minutes. Adjust salt, if necessary. Serve at room temperature. (In the demo, Chef Hall added the butter after simmering the other ingredients together.)

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Recipe Summary

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 chicken (4 pounds), cut into 10 pieces (breasts halved crosswise)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup apple-cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 finely minced garlic cloves
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

Combine 1 tablespoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle mixture evenly on chicken, then set chicken on a rimmed baking sheet. Let stand uncovered 1 hour.

Meanwhile, bring ketchup, vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic to a simmer in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened and reduced to 1 cup, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and transfer sauce to a bowl.

Heat a charcoal grill, creating a two-zone fire with vents partially open. Position coals on one side of the grill for direct high heat, and leave the other side empty for indirect lower heat. (On a gas grill, turn one side on high, and leave the other burners off.) Lightly coat chicken with olive oil and place over indirect heat. Cover and cook, turning occasionally, until pieces are cooked through and a thermometer inserted into thickest parts (not touching bones) registers 165 degrees, about 30 minutes.

Uncover grill transfer chicken to direct heat. Brush with sauce and cook, turning frequently, until caramelized and lightly charred, about 3 to 4 minutes. Brush on more sauce as pieces come off the grill, or serve it on the side.

Oven Baked BBQ Chicken

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Oven Baked BBQ Chicken is the easiest indoor bbq chicken you’ll ever eat with the best homemade sticky, sweet barbecue sauce. No grill needed!

When you are craving a delicious summertime Chicken Recipe with crispy skin there’s no need to fire up the grill. Oven Baked Chicken Thighs get an easy makeover for tasty BBQ chicken all year round.

There’s no doubt that one of the best summer dinners is crispy, slightly charred, BBQ Chicken fresh off the grill. But unless you live in year round perfect weather (please share where that Utopia exists!), it’s not always possible to fire up the barbecue. This is a great recipe for those of us who don’t want to grill on a super hot summer day or in the snow, and those who don’t have a grill.

This easy Baked BBQ Chicken recipe is so easy to put together even with the homemade BBQ sauce. The BBQ sauce is made from everyday pantry items and is ready in about 10-15 minutes. All together, this Oven Barbecue Chicken is ready to eat in just over an hour.

The barbecue sauce on this Baked BBQ Chicken recipe is a standard homemade Kansas City style sauce. Check out the variations section for different flavoring ideas. You can use bottle of your favorite sauce to save time too. If you use a store bought BBQ Sauce, we recommend Sweet Baby Rays!

Baked BBQ Chicken is a great weeknight dinner especially with all your favorite easy BBQ side dishes like Potato Salad and Easy Coleslaw. This crispy barbecue chicken makes the ultimate comfort food feast with Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Green Beans. Whether cookout theme or comfort food theme, make sure to serve with a side of Dinner Rolls!

Tips for Baked BBQ Chicken

  • Don’t flip the chicken. Leave the chicken skin side up the entire time so it gets nice and crispy.
  • If you want it less saucy on the bottom, bake on a baking rack so the heat can circulate.
  • Use bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces for the juiciest barbecue chicken. Boneless, skinless chicken can dry out quickly so watch the cooking time if you use it.
  • Make sure to line your pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. The barbecue sauce caramelizes and can be a real pain to get off your baking sheet!


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  • Sweet: Instead of brown sugar, you can use honey or maple syrup to sweeten this barbecue sauce. For an even sweeter, thicker sauce add 2 tablespoons molasses.
  • Spicy: Add a 1/2 cup of a hot sauce to make a spicy BBQ sauce, or use this homemade Buffalo Wing Sauce instead for spicy game day Oven-Baked Buffalo chicken.
  • Onions: Chop 2 onions into larger chunks and scatter around the chicken pieces in the baking dish. This is an easy way to add flavor and moisture – a great idea if using boneless skinless chicken!
  • Seasonings: Use a store bought BBQ chicken rub to season the chicken. For the sauce, add seasonings like dry mustard, yellow mustard, smoked paprika, liquid smoke, or cayenne pepper.
  • Chicken: Substitute other chicken pieces like chicken legs and chicken breasts with this recipe. Chicken breast and boneless, skinless chicken cooks faster so check temp after 30 minutes cook time.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Thighs

    • Season bone-in chicken pieces and place in slow cooker.
    • Prepare BBQ Sauce according to recipe instructions.
    • Pour half of the barbecue sauce over chicken.
    • Cover slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 3-4 hours, until internal temperature is 165 degrees F.


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    • Serve: Make sure to store Baked BBQ Chicken after no more than 2 hours at room temperature.
    • Store: Refrigerate leftover Oven Baked BBQ Chicken in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
    • Freeze: Cool BBQ Chicken completely and place in a sealed container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in refrigerator before reheating.


    Baked BBQ Chicken needs to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, according to the FDA Food Handling Guidelines. Measure internal temperature by piercing middle of the chicken thigh with an instant-read meat thermometer.

    Oven Baked Barbecue Chicken

    3 cups spicy tomato sauce
    1/2 cup cider vinegar
    3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 bay leaf
    2 teaspoons salt
    1 teaspoon sugar
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional)
    4 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

    2 cups flour
    10 chicken thighs, skin removed
    10 chicken legs, skin removed

    Grandma Barb’s Baked BBQ Chicken

    I grew up on a lot of bbq chicken recipes. Just like macaroni and cheese, it seems like everyone in my family has their own way of preparing baked bbq chicken. This is my grandma Barb’s recipe. I feature a lot of her down home, tried and true recipe son this site, like her fluffy yeast rolls, moist cream cheese pound cake and cornbread dressing to name few. They never disappoint which is why I’ve been begging her to create a cookbook.

    This bbq chicken recipe is pretty easy. It’s super juicy and tender. Grandmother would whip this up on weekdays and serve it with roasted corn, stove-top mac n cheese, yeast rolls, green beans and of course some good ol’ fashioned, ice cold sweet tea to wash it all down. Ahhhh…to be a child again. I didn’t know how good I had it!

    This bbq chicken recipe isn’t saucy like your typical baked barbecue chicken. The homemade bbq sauce is thin and bakes right into the chicken as it cooks. This isn’t a very bold style sauce which makes pair up great with just about any side dish. It has that nice taste of tangy, sweet BBQ flavor without being too overpowering (not that I would ever complain about an overpowering bbq sauce)

    Out of all the baked BBQ chicken recipes I make, my son seems to like this one the best. I guess because it’s not to spicy or smokey.