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Oven-Baked BBQ Chicken

it’s easy to make juicy BBQ chicken without slaving over a grill or smoker. This tried and tested method produces great results for any type of bone-in skin-on chicken.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword oven baked bbq chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 (actual serving size will depend on the type and amount of chicken cooked)
Calories 522kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 3-4 pounds bone-in skin-on Chicken breasts, leg quarters, thighs or drumsticks
  • 1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce homemade or store-bought
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place a baking/cooling rack inside the pan. Spray with non-stick spray.
  • Generous salt and pepper both sides of the chicken. TIP: combine the salt and pepper in a small bowl. Mix and use for more even coverage. Place chicken skin side up.
  • Put in the oven for 25 minutes.
  • Remove and turn the oven up to 425 degrees. Using tongs turn the chicken over and baste the underside with BBQ sauce.
  • Turn back over (skin side facing up again) and generously basted with BBQ sauce. Put back in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Baste the tops again and cook 10 more minutes.
  • Baste one final time and cook 5-10 minutes. Check the internal temperature. If at 165 degrees, remove and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.


Nutritional information will vary depending on amount and type of chicken used, as well as the BBQ sauce. The estimates above are based on bone-in chicken thighs and generic store bought sauce.


Calories: 522kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 189mg | Sodium: 1847mg | Potassium: 428mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg