The oven has the power to quickly turn chicken pieces into crispy, slightly charred BBQ goodness. For the juiciest, most tender oven bbq chicken, you’re definitely going to want to use bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces for this. Let your chicken chill before you start baking it, so you can ensure that it bakes evenly. Start with making the rub by combining the dry spices, give it a good mix and then rub will be ready. If you dint have any of the ingredients to make your own rub, you can use your favorite barbeque or chicken rub. Pour the seasoning in the bowl containing the chicken and rub over the chicken making sure that all the chicken pieces are well coated then line the chicken on a baking sheet.
If you are working with super cold chicken or the chicken is not completely thawed, that will change the cooking time. You will bake the chicken in a preheated oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit oven for somewhere between 45 to 50 minutes. For the barbeque sauce, combine the ketchup, honey and the remaining rub in a skillet on low heat. Let it come to a simmer before removing from the heat. When making this barbeque sauce, adjust it to your taste and work your way up. Once your chicken is perfectly roasted, start basting it with the barbeque sauce, you can do it lightly or you can lay it on thick.
You can use the extra barbecue sauce to dunk it as you take a bite. Once you have basted the chicken with the sauce, place it in the broiler for about 5 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly and a little charred.
- 2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 cups barbecue sauce
- Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil — this will make cleanup so much easier.
- Combine the salt and garlic powder in a small bowl. Place the chicken on the baking sheet, and season all over with the garlic powder mixture.
- Roast the chicken skin-side down for 25 minutes.
- Arrange the chicken skin-side down in a single layer, spacing them evenly apart. Roast for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, simmer the sauce.
- Place the barbecue sauce in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer.
- Simmer, stirring regularly, until reduced by about half, 20 to 25 minutes.
- After 25 minutes, remove the chicken from the oven. Increase the oven temperature to 450°F.
- Brush the chicken with the reduced sauce, flip the chicken over, and brush the skin and sides with sauce.
- Roast the chicken for 10 minutes, then brush with more sauce. Return the chicken to the oven and roast for 10 minutes more. Brush the chicken all over again with the sauce.
- Return the chicken to the oven for one last round of roasting.
- Roast until the chicken is sticky and darkened in spots, about 10 minutes more.
- Serve the chicken with any remaining reduced sauce.
- Transfer the chicken to a serving dish and serve with any remaining sauce.