Oven Baked Barbecue Chicken – Easy and Delicious BBQ Chicken

Oven Baked Barbecue Chicken - Easy and Delicious BBQ ChickenOne of the easiest recipes for oven baked barbecue chicken is also one of the best.

With this delicious BBQ chicken the meat just falls off the bone. It’s tender, moist and savory with the flavor of your favorite barbecue sauce and a few added spices.

The secret is to pull back the skin of the chicken and season the flesh. The skin is pulled back on and the chicken is baked for an hour. After that time, the fat is drained off, and the barbecue sauce is poured on.

Another half hour in the oven and your chicken will be ready for a terrific mid-week dinner for a busy family.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Ready In: 1 hour 40 minutes

Oven Baked Barbecue Chicken


1 whole chicken, 2 to 3 pounds, cut into pieces
1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce – your favorite
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried minced onion or onion powder
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
Kosher salt and ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 350F.

Combine the garlic powder, dried onion, rosemary, kosher salt and black pepper.

Pull the skin back from each piece of chicken but do not pull it all the way off. Season the flesh with the spice mixture, then pull the skin back over the flesh.

Put the chicken pieces in a shallow baking dish, cover it with foil and bake in the hot oven for 1 hour.

Remove the dish from the oven and pour off the rendered fat. Cover the chicken with the barbecue sauce, turning the pieces to make sure they are evenly coated.

Bake the chicken for another hour, uncovered. The sauce should be slightly thickened. If it looks like it is drying up, add a little water to thin it out.

Yield = 6 Servings

Good To Know – This recipe works just as well with whole leg and thigh quarters, chicken breasts with the bone in and chicken wings.

If you don’t want to deal with pulling the skin on and off, you can pull it all the way off and discard it, or keep it on the chicken and season over it.

Either way, your chicken will come out moist and tender.

Food For Thought – You can make your own barbecue sauce, or spice up a purchased brand to suit your tastes.

Add 1 teaspoon liquid smoke, 1 tablespoon granulated garlic, 2 tablespoons chili powder and 2 tablespoons honey to your favorite jar of BBQ sauce to give it a little individual attention.