Oven Baked BBQ Chicken - with quick homemade barbecue sauce
Recipe video above. This is how I make BBQ Chicken in the oven when I'm craving sticky chicken but don't want to fire up the BBQ! Made with a quick homemade BBQ sauce, the chicken is braised in the sauce which is loaded with extra flavour from the juices of the chicken. Fabulous sticky glaze, juicy inside!
Sauce: Mix all Sauce ingredients in a ceramic/glass baking dish (Note 3), then mix in water.
Add chicken and turn to coat. Place chicken skin side down.
Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, turn chicken, spoon over Sauce.
Bake for a further 30 minutes, then remove and spoon over Sauce.
Skim off fat (optional): Tilt pan and spoon or drain off excess fat.
Broil/grill - Change to broiler/grill on high. Spoon sauce over chicken generously, then place under grill / broiler for 2 to 3 minutes to caramelise the chicken and the sauce to thicken more. Do not walk away - this can happen quickly!
Ketchup - sub with Tomato Sauce (ie Aussie/UK tomato sauce, not what US calls "tomato sauce")
Cider vinegar - can sub with white wine, sherry or champagne vinegar, OR 2 tbsp normal white vinegar
Onion powder - sub garlic powder or 1 garlic clove, finely minced
2. Chicken - This recipe is best made with bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces - thigh, drumsticks and wings.Breast / boneless thighs - won't get quite the same result because longer bake time gets chicken juices into the sauce. But it can be done! Here's how:
Mix sauce WITHOUT water
Use 1 kg / 2 lb breast or boneless thighs
Follow the cooking directions in this recipe - Sticky Baked Chicken Thighs. ie coat with 2/3 sauce, bake on high, baste with remaining sauce & broil/grill to finish.
Pan - light scrubbing will be required to clean! So either use glass/ceramic OR metal pan lined with foil then parchment/baking paper.
Sauce thickness at end depends one many factors eg - how snug the chicken is in the baking dish, how juicy / fatty the chicken is, oven accuracy. But very easy to adjust - too thick, add splash of water, too thin, return just the pan to the oven for a minute or two (thickens super quickly)
4. Barbecue Sauce recipe adapted from this one by the Neely's from Food Network.5. Nutrition per serving, assuming 3 tbsp excess fat is spooned off and all sauce is consumed.