Introduction: Baked Barbeque Chicken

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Baked barbeque chicken is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to feed a group of people. This is a recipe I've been doing for years and it comes out perfect every time! I like to use chicken thighs because they stay more moist than most cuts.

You can definitely use skinless and/or boneless chicken for baked barbeque chicken, but there's a higher chance of it drying out and it's just not as yummy without all the crispy skin. :D

This recipe takes about an hour to make, but most of it is baking time so you'll have lots of time to make all the sides!

P.S. Sorry for the poopy photos! Next time I make it I'll do it not when it's getting dark and get new ones. ;)

Step 1: What You'll Need:

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  • chicken pieces - I love bone in skin on thighs and highly recommend them!
  • barbeque sauce (make your own or do it the store bought way)
  • salt and pepper
  • cooking oil
  • a baking tray
  • a rack
  • aluminum foil (optional but makes clean up so much easier!)
  • a pastry brush (I like silicone for these)
  • a ramekin or bowl for holding the barbeque sauce

Step 2: Prep the Chicken, Preheat the Oven

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Set your oven to 375 F.

If you've bought the standard "sold-in-huge-packs-full-of-nasty-stuff" chicken you'll probably want to clean it up a bit. Pluck out any excess feathers and trim off excess fat and skin - it's especially bad on thighs!

Flip the chicken pieces and have a look at the flesh side. Any big clumps of fat? Five excess inches of skin randomly hanging out? Trim everything up a bit with kitchen shears or a sharp knife. Once everything's trimmed up, sprinkle on some salt and pepper.

Step 3: Brown the Chicken Skin

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This is essential for yummy crispy chicken later on. I've tried making barbeque baked chicken without doing this, and the skin and fat was gummy and not quite set. This step will also help render off some of the excess fat.

Heat a skillet over medium high heat with a tiny bit of oil in it. Once the oil is shimmering, put in the chicken pieces skin side down. Let these cook for a couple minutes until the skin has shrunk a bit and gone a lovely golden brown. Flip over and cook the flesh side for a couple minutes as well.

Now we'll finish them in the oven. :)

Step 4: Baking!

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Place the chicken on the rack skin side up. Put this in the 375 F oven for 15 minutes. We do this without sauce at first to crisp the skin a little more and get a little extra fat off before saucing the chicken. Plus, if we put the sauce on now it would burn!

After the first 15 minutes is up, pull out the chicken, brush the skin side with sauce and flip over. Then brush the flesh side with sauce. Be generous! Put back in the oven for 15 minutes.

Pull the chicken back out, brush the flesh side with another coat of sauce, then flip over and coat the skin again. Now we'll put it in for the last 20 minutes! It should be perfect at this point, but if you're nervous feel free to check with a thermometer - it needs to be 165 F.

Keep in mind that boneless cuts of chicken will take less time to cook - breasts could be done in as little as a half hour, so you can sauce them right from the start. :)


RocioK (author)2015-09-15

Awesome instructable thanks for sharing ! I'm going to taste this. 1 of my all time favorites is Chicken Cacciatore Easy to make but so delicious.

MarkS60 (author)2015-06-07

Looked and tasted great. Internal temp where it should have been. Followed the directions exactly but the skin was not crispy. Will definitely try again to see what I may have done wrong.

ReginaldW (author)2015-05-28

I made this with boneless chicken breasts and cut the last 20 mins of cook time to 10 mins. It was perfect! Thank you!

AlbanyA made it! (author)2015-05-26

First of all thank you so much for this easy, simple recipe! This was my first time making BBQ wings, so needless to say I was rather clueless.

I used wingettes instead of breasts or thighes, and I added some hot sauce to the BBQ sauce to give it a little kick; but other than that I followed your recipe to a "T". And they came out great! My family loved it and I'll definitely make it again.

braandonn12 (author)2015-04-30

When I brush the BBQ sauce on, it always falls off when I flip, any suggestions? Thanks!

jennifer.freeman.35762 (author)2015-03-19

I made this and it turned out only complaint would be that my oven smoked from the burning grease on the bottom of the pan. My family of five complained about the smoke and kinda hurt my feelings cuz I tried hard to make something good for them

Flunk them! If they were complaining about the food that should've been the last food they ever get! Us girls slave over the stove cooking for them boys! I love this receipe (:

FoodW (author)2015-03-08

Mam can i use "Soy Sauce"........

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sharonjasman (author)2015-02-25

I tried this recipe it was great so fast and easy.

justinjessica.carless (author)2014-11-30

I have used this recipe like at least 20 times this year alone my husband and daughter both love it and I always feel great about serving it to guests because literally everyone loves it! Such a great one and i love that the instructions are so easy!

Oh yayayay! That makes me so excited. :D

It's always one of my go-to recipes for feeding a big crowd!

suzsteil (author)2014-05-23

I made it too, using skinless boneless chicken breasts and thighs, browned in a spritz of olive oil and baked with a tablespoon of BBQ sauce each. Lovely! Low fat, reasonalbble chlorestrol, no fuss! Perfect.

suzsteil (author)2014-05-23

I made it too, using skinless boneless chicken breasts and thighs, browned in a spritz of olive oil and baked with a tablespoon of BBQ sauce each. Lovely! Low fat, reasonalbble chlorestrol, no fuss! Perfect.

MaryCanCook (author)2014-01-10

I tried this recipe, followed it exactly and it turned out delicious! FYI...I used Whole Foods air dry chicken thighs, browned the chicken in a well seasoned cast iron skillet in a bit of canola oil - the skin turned out nice and crispy! I used Sweet Baby Ray's Sweet & Spicy BBQ sauce.

HollyMann (author)2013-01-31

wow those look amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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taransa (author)2013-01-10

What lovely and easy directions! I second that the pictures look just fine to me as well :)

(also I think you have a spare word in step 3: "This step will also help get render off some of the excess fat." not as bad as my recent telling people to mix something in a bowel lol!)

jessyratfink (author)taransa2013-01-10

Aww thank you! And you're right about the typo, haha. I think my brain had broken.

Mixing something in a bowel is hilarious and I bet I've written that somewhere too!

taransa (author)jessyratfink2013-01-10

Heh broken brains can be fun :P

The bowel thing was great, my mother-in-law caught it and enjoyed teasing me for like a week (and I can still crack her up telling her she is laughing deep down in her bowls ... but it is all good, we get along well!)

PitStoP (author)2013-01-02

These look so good and tasty. I can almost taste them. I was tempted to take a bite off the screen. =) Btw The poopy photos look fine to me. ;)

jessyratfink (author)PitStoP2013-01-02

I was imagining a much nicer main image, haha - I was feeling very ambitious and it just didn't work out. Too late, too dark, too hungry. :D

But thanks!

PitStoP (author)jessyratfink2013-01-03

You're Welcome!
I hear you. It's hard for me to concentrate when I'm hungry and the food is calling me. haha =D

srohwer (author)2013-01-02

Favorited. We have a local place where we get the sauce. Looks great!

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