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This Oven Baked BBQ Chicken is easy to make and includes a homemade no-cook barbecue sauce. It’s finger licking good!

A plate of Best Oven Baked BBQ Chicken with a wing, drumstick, thigh and breast

What cut of chicken should I use for BBQ Chicken?

The best bbq chicken is made with bone-in, skin-on chicken. You can use all parts of the chicken, or just specific parts that you like. Drumsticks, wings, thighs, and breasts all make excellent bbq chicken. Cooking time will vary slightly if you are only using one cut of chicken. Chicken needs to be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit and cooking times will always vary based on the size and thickness of your chicken.

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.

A plate of Best Oven Baked BBQ Chicken with a wing, drumstick, thigh and breast

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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A plate of Best Oven Baked BBQ Chicken with a wing, drumstick, thigh and breast
This Oven Baked BBQ Chicken is easy to make and includes a homemade no-cook barbecue sauce. It's finger licking good!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 pounds chicken skin on, bone in
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet or 9x13 pan.
  • In a blender combine tomato sauce, molasses, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch, salt, cajun seasoning, paprika, and garlic.
  • Puree until smooth.
  • Transfer half of the sauce into a separate bowl and reserve for later. Brush remaining sauce onto chicken pieces.
  • Place chicken pieces into prepared pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, flip all pieces and baste with reserved sauce. Continue baking for another 20 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Switch oven to broiler setting and broil, 2 to 3 minutes until sauce caramelizes. Serve hot.
Notes
Be careful about cross contamination with the barbecue sauce. 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 585kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 881mg | Potassium: 859mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1070IU | Vitamin C: 9.3mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 3.7mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked BBQ Chicken

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Sissy

5 stars
I am definitely going to try it👍🏿

Vicki Cooke

5 stars
Absolutely delicious!!! This is definitely a keeper!!!

Jeannette Fox

5 stars
This was delish! I did spoon off the grease 1/2 through. Nice sweet kick, a keeper for sure.

SCV

Hi , I s this baroque sauce overly spicy hot I have people in house hold who do not care for hot spicy?

Sara

What is the serving size for the Nutritional information?

Barry Robbins

Well….. 6 servings are indicated and 3 lbs of chicken so I expect 1/2 lb?

Rafaela

5 stars
This is a huge, juicy thumbs up! I could’ve eaten many more but i had other ppl to consider lol

Alisha Cook

Do you think this would work well on boneless skinless chicken breasts? If so, any changes I should consider? Thanks

Ana Balenovic

5 stars
This looks good! Chicken in the oven always turns out juicy and super good and the BBQ sauce looks delicious the garlic is perfect 🙂

Jocelyn

5 stars
I used his sauce on crockpot baby back ribs, and it was delicious. I like that it doesn’t have ketchup in it, because my daughters don’t care for it. This will be my go to BBQ sauce from now on. Thanks!

Mary Porter

I am anxious to try this recipe

This is soooo good! Will be definitely making this again ?

Your dishes are nice and simple to make.?

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