Oven Baked BBQ Chicken

6 servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

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.

Oven Baked BBQ Chicken Thighs in white baking dishOVEN BAKED BBQ CHICKEN

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!



  • 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 ½ 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.

Raw Baked BBQ Chicken Thighs in baking dish

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.



  • 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.

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Baked BBQ Chicken

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!
Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 6 chicken thighs , bone in and skin on
  • 1 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups Homemade BBQ Sauce , (Recipe)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Make sure chicken is dry (pat with a paper towel).
  • Season chicken with garlic salt and black pepper.
  • Place skin side up in baking dish and coat chicken with ½ cup sauce (do not contaminate the rest of the sauce, remove the ½ cup first, then brush it on)
  • Bake chicken for 20 minutes.
  • Brush on another ½ cup of sauce (again, remove the ½ cup from the remaining sauce and brush it on).
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Brush on ½ cup bbq sauce (the chicken is cooked now, so you don't have to worry about contamination) and broil the chicken on a hi-broil setting for 1 minute.


Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 1233mg | Potassium: 462mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 273IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Thank you Sabrina. This is a delicious and easy recipe for BBQ Chicken Thighs. I’ve just retired and am ready to finally learn how to cook for myself. Your recipe was my first attempt and it turned out great. I’m going to keep trying more of your recipes. Thank you!

  2. I made this recipe last night with the homemade sauce. It was the most tender and moist chicken I’ve ever had! Amazing flavor! I will be making this again soon!