George's Barbecued Chicken Recipe

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The homemade barbecue sauce is what makes this chicken dish unique. Your family will be licking their fingers and asking for more!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3-1/2 to 4 pounds), cut up

Nutritional Facts

4-1/2 ounce-weight: 503 calories, 29g fat (6g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 1348mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 34g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, saute onion in 1 tablespoon oil until tender. Add the ketchup, vinegar, lemon juice, pepper sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, brown chicken on all sides in remaining oil over medium-high heat. Drain chicken and transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Pour sauce over chicken. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45-60 minutes or until juices run clear. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as George's Barbecued Chicken in Reminisce July/August 1991, p39

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Summersh User ID: 6640270 264998
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2017

"This is one of our favorites and I use this sauce recipe on other meats as well."

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 261488
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2017

"Excellent. I halved the recipe and still had plenty for one chicken breast. This is delicious. The chicken had an awesome flavor. I used sriracha sauce in place of the pepper sauce. I highly recommend this recipe.

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modestcook User ID: 4044770 17626
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"This recipe is awesome. I made it to the letter. It came out tender, juicy and delicious. After cutting meat from the bone we spooned the sauce over the meat. Definately a keeper in our kitchen. Thanks George, great recipe."

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 14040
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2013

"I noted that the first reviewer said this made a lot of sauce and it looked like it would make a lot to me too, so I halved the sauce recipe. While eating the chicken, my husband said, "The sauce is good, but there's not enough of it." lol"

banslug001 User ID: 1930367 40482
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010

"My kids LOVED this, and it was really very easy to make. Next time I'll add in more chicken pieces, as it makes a lot of sauce. With the leftover pieces, I pulled the meat off the bones and tossed it with the sauce for sandwiches the next day. DELISH!"

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