Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs

Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs

Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs are the perfect indoor barbecue food. Juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, what’s not to love.

Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs

Warm weather and barbecues just go hand in hand. The combo of sunny skies, picnic tables, family, friends and tasty barbecue food just sounds like summertime. But in the spring, when one day it’s warm and the next day it’s cold and rainy, sometimes you have to bring the barbecue inside. And what’s better to barbecue inside, than chicken.

Bone-in chicken thighs are the perfect traditional outdoor food to cook inside. Slow-cooked in the oven makes chicken thighs juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. It’s one if my favorite ways to eat chicken.

Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs

The key to perfect Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs is to season each piece under and on top of the skin. This base of seasoning enhances the overall flavor of the chicken. Even though each piece will have barbecue sauce, the seasoning in the beginning just makes the chicken so much more tasty. Try this Amazon link for my favorite barbecue sauce, Kinder’s Mild BBQ Sauce. It also comes in an organic version if you prefer.

When you’re ready to cook, start the oven at a lower temperature, flip half way and then turn the oven up and brush the chicken with barbecue sauce. The lower temperature increases the cooking time but it makes the chicken more tender. Then the high temperature at the end really crisps things up. This creates the perfect oven barbecue chicken.

I like to use a mixture of sea salt, freshly ground pepper, paprika, granulated garlic and onion powder. Now, you could measure it all out, mix them together in a bowl and then add to your chicken, but honestly, I never do it that way. I always just sprinkle each spice straight on the chicken. I have my spices all lined up on the counter in a sort of assembly line. I use one hand to sprinkle each spice and the other hand to touch the chicken. I’ve done it this way for years and it works well for me. But the beauty of cooking is that everybody has their own method of doing things. How do you all prefer to season chicken?

Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs

One last thing, I like to use bone-in chicken thighs for this recipe. But if you like breasts, wings or legs, go ahead and cut up a whole chicken and use that instead. My favorite piece of chicken (bone-in) are thighs, so that’s why I chose only thighs for this recipe. I find bone-in chicken thighs to be so more moist and flavorful than bone-in breasts and thighs provide more meat than legs or wings.

However, while the cut of the chicken is up to you, please use bone-in chicken for this recipe. Boneless skinless chicken breasts are a healthy choice and perfect in many meals, but this meal will not taste the same without the bone. Bone-in chicken adds moisture and so much flavor to the meal. If you’re not a bone-in chicken eater, give it a try, I promise you’ll love it!

I served my Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs with watermelon and my Red Potato Salad. Even though it was a cold spring day, it felt like summer as my family and I enjoyed our living room springtime picnic. I hope this barbecue food will bring you all summer days too.

Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs

Here are links to some of the products I love:

KInder’s Organic Barbecue Sauce

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Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs
Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs are the perfect indoor barbecue food. Juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, what’s not to love.
Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Season each chicken thigh with salt, pepper, garlic, onion and paprika. (On the skin and under the skin, and on both sides.)
  3. Cook chicken 20 minutes and flip.
  4. Cook another 20 minutes. Turn oven up to 425. While oven is heating brush the chicken with barbecue sauce.
  5. Turn chicken skin side up and cook another 5-10 minutes. Until juices run clear and skin is crispy, not burnt.
  6. Let rest 5 minutes and serve.
Recipe Notes

All the seasonings are approximate. I’ve cooked chicken this way for so many years that I eye ball it and sprinkle each spice directly on the chicken. Don’t be afraid to change it up to your liking, that’s the beauty of cooking after all.

oven barbecue chicken thighs

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2 comments on “Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs

  1. i have got to try these, they sound incredible!! I’ll def let you know about my experience. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. May God bless you.

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