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Oven Barbecued Chicken Recipe

Oven Barbecued Chicken Recipe

Chicken and Sunday dinner belong together. During my married life on a dairy farm, I'd make and bake chicken before church. — Esther Shank, Harrisonburg, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Brown chicken on both sides. Remove to paper towels to drain.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes.
  • 3. Place chicken in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Pour sauce over chicken. Bake, uncovered, 45-60 minutes or until chicken juices run clear, basting occasionally. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3 ounces cooked chicken: 302 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 483mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 21g protein.

Reviews for Oven Barbecued Chicken

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apschwartz User ID: 1393337 251859
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2016

"very good and easy. I also just used breasts and baked for an hour with perfectly done chicken as the outcome. will definitely make again."

TNbluffbaker User ID: 46423 241400
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2016

"Who needs bottled barbecue sauce with this easy to make and tasty recipe? I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but didn't brown them. I put them in a pan, poured the sauce over them and baked it at 350 for 1 hour."

shannondobos User ID: 5115022 241121
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

"I made this for dinner last night and was not disappointed! Everyone in the family enjoyed it. The sauce is the perfect mix of tangy and sweet, and the chicken was perfectly tender after the 45 minutes. There was a breast leftover, and I thinly sliced it and coated it with leftover sauce for an amazing chicken sandwich for lunch today! This will definitely become part of the regular rotation."

kdfromm User ID: 8406252 235234
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2015

"great flavor and very easy to make. will make again."

ShannonMLeger User ID: 4216848 229247
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2015

"Delicious! I used bone-in thigh/leg pieces and cut them to separate the thighs from the legs to make four servings of two pieces each. Easy recipe with great results!"

kdsmom User ID: 1163546 220545
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015

"Just excellent for sandwiches on good rolls! I lightly browned bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs in a skillet, then put them into the slow cooker, with the other ingredients, on low for 7 hours. Then I removed the pieces, took off the skin and discarded that with the bones, and shredded the chicken. I skimmed the fat from the top of the barbecue sauce before returning meat to the sauce. It's really very delicious."

MY REVIEW User ID: 3606933 218490
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2015

"I really love this "Oven BBQ chicken" recipe. I found it many years ago in a "Taste of Home magazines"... This BBQ sauce isn't thick but the flavor is sweet and tangy'. I doctor it up with a few T of bottle BBQ sauce too and my guys like it that way. My only complaint is having to brown the chicken, which I have done sometimes, but I'm a bit lazy so now I skip the browning and brush the pieces with the oil and then place in the oven on higher temp (like 450) before adding the sauce; when it's a little browned I lower the temperature, add the BBQ sauce to bake the rest of the way through..."

MY REVIEW User ID: 3456803 4351
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2014

"Delicious, easy to make, had raves from all family members"

angcy User ID: 1160970 1604
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2014

"Delicious. The sauce tastes very good. It is an easy and a quick recipe. I cooked it with bonesless and skinless chicken when we had my in laws here. Everyone from my picky toddler to in laws love it."

Mudbuchanan User ID: 7740027 4307
Reviewed May. 24, 2014

"This is the second time I've made this. It's great as is. I used less chicken so I had left over sauce. I used the sauce later in the week to make BBQ shrimp. I sautéed onions, and added it to sauce and shrimp."

doreensanzone User ID: 1270959 5137
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"I followed the recipe exactly as written and it tasted delicious! My husband, not normally a huge fan of chicken, ate 4 pieces. I would make the sauce for pork too. A good dinner to just set in the oven and have time to do something else while it cooks."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 5083
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2014

"I used boneless skinless thighs and it turned out great!"

mama4boys User ID: 1113673 5597
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2013

"Good flavor"

obsessedwithfood User ID: 3724663 3224
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013

"The flavor of the sauce was excellent. I would have liked the sauce to be a little thicker though. Mine seemed a little runny. I just used chicken legs this time because that's what I had on hand but think I'll try breasts or thighs next time. Very easy!"

mjbeagles User ID: 6547836 3858
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2013

"Loved this recipe! The sauce was thin, which did not overwhelm the chicken, and had a nice tangy-sweet balance. We could not decide if we wanted to do chicken or pork, so we did a little bit of both. I also added red onion and green pepper strips during the baking process."

kjd624 User ID: 3336025 2696
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2013

"This was easy and tasty. I was able to make it from things I had on hand when I discovered I was out of BBQ sauce! Definitely will make again."

kerrizims User ID: 2706618 3300
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2013

"I actually made this recipe but instead of baking it, I grilled it and it was still really good. I want to try to bake it too because it had such great reviews."

Deezywill User ID: 7288390 1603
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2013

"Love the flavor of the sauce, so easy to make"

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 2158
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2013

"This is easy and good."

caitlin4978 User ID: 1409400 4350
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2012

"One of my all-time favorites from this magazine - I'm saving it online because my paper copy is tattered and stained! I usually use dark meat chicken for this dish so I have never had a problem with it drying out as some reviewers mentioned. I sometimes use the barbecue sauce by itself for other recipes."

Jan2 User ID: 116031 4391
Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"Forgot to say: I removed the skin from the chicken and did not brown it before adding sauce, just put the sauce over the raw chicken in the casserole."

Jan2 User ID: 116031 4295
Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"Haven't made this for a while. When i saw the recipe in my book, i had marked it "yummy"! Made it for tonights supper. I did cover it part way thru, so the thinner pieces didn't dry out. I basted it during cooking time too. Still Yummy!"

Kris Countryman User ID: 1858674 5741
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2012

"What a nice sauce. I did bake the chicken covered for awhile then uncovered it to finish. I think I baked it about an hour and a half. It was very tender."

kristylee3 User ID: 5487685 5739
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2012

"This was very tasty and easy to make. I used boneless/skinless chicken breast and cut them in medium sized chunks. I rolled them in cracked pepper and flour and browned them in a little canola oil before putting the chicken in the casserole dish. I made the sauce as instructed. We enjoyed this very much and the left overs tasted just as good. Thank you for a great recipe!"

CookingintheRain User ID: 5403901 3299
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2010

"This is my favourite way to cook chicken, as I found out one day while living with my grandmother. While she was at work, I prepared this and when she came home and tasted it, it was nearly gone. I would definitely make this over and over.

I like to add more tang to the chicken by sprinkling some paprika, chili powder and Italian seasoning over the chicken once I've arranged it in a baking dish. It comes out ruby red and tastes delicious with the mix of flavours."

mrama User ID: 2917448 3856
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2010

"I made it in the oven once. Was very good. Last time I did it in my slow cooker (Hot summer day!). I omited the water from the sauce, mix everthing else together without sauteing the onion, and poured it over the chicken. Cooked it on high for a little over 4 hours. Turned out delicious! Would definitely do it either way again"

DKM2 User ID: 5049165 2157
Reviewed May. 19, 2010

"Our family also loves this recipe."

crewchiefinlife User ID: 4839950 198995
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"Family loved it!!! Really Yummy :)"

ryanswife User ID: 2152282 5082
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2010

"Wonderfull. Our favorite."

nana2funny User ID: 1974557 2156
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2009

"My family love this recipe."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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