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Baked BBQ Chicken Recipe

Best Baked BBQ Chicken

Baked BBQ Chicken is moist and juicy on the inside, and crispy on the outside. Roasted in a delicious bbq sauce with slightly sticky bark, this is one of the BEST chicken bbq dinners you can have.

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Baked BBQ Chicken, BBQ Chicken
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 405 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 4-6 chicken thighs bone-in, and skin-on
  • 4-6 chicken drumsticks
  • 4 cups pickle juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons red chili sauce optional
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


Marinate Chicken:

  1. Place chicken in a large bowl and mix with pickle juice, salt, olive oil and lemon juice. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. When ready to cook, remove chicken from marinade and pat dry with paper towels.


  1. In another large bowl combine all the sauce ingredients and stir well.
  2. Add chicken to it and to fully coat.


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Arrange coated chicken into the pan. Do NOT discard the sauce. It is safe to use it for basting as it will cook in the oven.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes and baste with the remaining sauce. Bake for another 7-10 minutes and baste again. Repeat until chicken is done and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

  5. Once cooked, baste chicken now with sauces FROM the pan, that are already cooked and broil for 5 minutes, or until a nice brown color.
  6. Garnish with chopped green onions and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Best Baked BBQ Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 405 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 2508mg109%
Potassium 345mg10%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 340IU7%
Vitamin C 1.6mg2%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.