Barbecue Chicken in the Oven

We will be using drumsticks and thighs for this barbecue chicken in the oven. We will first rub the chicken with spices and then make a special sauce to finish cooking it.

This is a very easy and extremely flavorful recipe. You can serve these at room temperature or warm. They go very nicely with sweet potato fries and Cole-slaw. They are also a great addition to any lunch box for school or the office.

This barbecue chicken in the oven is great for potlucks or picnics.

Here is what you will need for this finger licking good barbecue chicken in the oven recipe:

Serves six
6 chicken thighs and 6 chicken drumsticks
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons mustard
1 tablespoon soy sauce
½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Rinse and pat dry chicken. Place in an ovenproof dish, thighs meat side down.

In a small bowl, mix together the salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika.

Rub the chicken with the salt mixture, making sure you get both sides of the drumsticks (thighs skin only).

Place chicken in oven and cook for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, mix the ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire, brown sugar and soy sauce in a bowl. Mix well.

Remove the chicken from the oven and brush the ketchup sauce on all the pieces.

Return to oven and cook for 15 more minutes. Remove and repeat the process making sure to discard any extra fat or liquid that the chicken might have rendered. Flip over the chicken drumsticks and brush sauce on the un-brushed side. Cook for another 10 minutes. Remove, brush again, and finish cooking for another 10 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

CALORIES 413.42; FAT 25.31 grs (sat 7.17; mono 10.61; poly 5.68); PROTEIN 34.88 grs ; FIBER 0.51 grs; CARBS 9.61 grs; CHOLESTEROL 161.00 mg; IRON 2.17 mg; SODIUM 1674.40 mg; CALCIUM 12.59 mg

Print the Oven Barbecue Chicken Recipe Here

My name is Mary Ann Allen and I am here to help you get organized so you can save money on groceries and feed your family healthy, nutritious food. My multi-cultural cooking background comes from being born in the US and raised in Bolivia. I have 5 kids and own around 400 cook books. I absolutely love to cook!


  • November 30, 2010


    This recipe was excellent.

  • November 30, 2010


    Thank you! I am happy it worked for you. Have a great week!
    Mary Ann

  • December 1, 2010


    This was fantastic! It has now become a regular staple in our household. Thank you…

  • December 3, 2010


    Thank you Ernie! I am happy you like it! I hope you have a great weekend!
    Mary Ann

  • April 23, 2011


    can you do it with white meat?

  • April 24, 2011


    White meat should work fine. Just be careful not to let it dry up. Thanks for coming by!

  • June 10, 2011


    Thank you so much for posting this recipe. It looks just wonderful, and we cannot wait to make it for dinner tomorrow. 🙂

  • June 10, 2011


    Thank you for trying it out! I hope it comes out fantastic, Jenny! Have a wonderful weekend!
    Mary Ann

  • April 23, 2012


    This is such a great recipe to make before my exams. 🙂 I cannot wait to try it tonight!

  • April 25, 2012


    Awesome! I hope it came out great Alex! Thanks for stopping by!
    Mary Ann

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  • December 4, 2012


    Hi Felicia!
    Yay! I am so happy to hear! Thank you for letting me know! Take care!
    Mary Ann

  • March 19, 2013


    I’m trying this tonight but with a different BBQ sauce, hopefully it will turn out well, just put he first sauce on and skin is crispy! Looks yummy!! Thanks for posting 🙂

  • March 22, 2013


    Hi Larissa!
    Thank you for stopping by! I hope this came out perfect for you! I really appreciate you giving it a try!
    Mary Ann

  • March 25, 2013


    All Recipes Looks Delish !!!

  • March 25, 2013


    Thanks again Bea! I really appreciate it!

  • April 25, 2013


    Made this just now and it was fantastic. I used free range chicken and organic ingredients. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

  • April 27, 2013


    Hi Rose!
    Thank you for letting me know. I am very happy this worked for you. I appreciate your note.
    Mary Ann

  • September 12, 2013

    Wasif Anwar

    what do u mean by 375 degrees?? is it in farenheit or celsius????

  • September 12, 2013


    Hi Wasif!
    Yes it is F — so about 185 C. Thank you for stopping by.
    Mary Ann

  • July 14, 2014


    Would it be ok to use skinless chicken?

  • July 18, 2014


    Hi Katherine!
    Sorry for the delay. Yes. You can use skinless chicken for this recipe. Thanks!
    Mary Ann

  • July 25, 2014


    gracias por la receta!!

  • July 28, 2014


    Provecho Alonzo! Gracias a ti!

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