Oven Baked BBQ Chicken + the secret to getting the grill taste cooking it in the oven!

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Oven Baked BBQ Chicken, indoor barbeque chicken thighs made to taste like it is cooked outside on the grill.  The secret ingredient and method is one you will want to use every time you make baked barbecue chicken.

I have been posting a lot of desserts lately, so I thought it was time for a main dish recipe.  This Oven Baked BBQ Chicken recipe is one that I adapted from the Oven Fried Chicken recipe on the blog, except this time I didn't coat the chicken with flour.

The luxury of baking barbecue chicken in the oven is preparing your side dishes while it is baking and putting dinner on the table in no time.  There is nothing better than multi tasking when preparing a meal.

My cast iron skillets are my all time favorite cooking pans.  Actually, I have several sizes, and there is not a day that goes by that I am not using one of them for something.

The secret to getting the grill taste by cooking it in the oven is to bake the chicken in the cast iron skillet until it is almost done, then crank up the oven, and add the barbecue sauce to finish cooking it.  This way the sauce thickens and gets that wonderful rich coating that tastes just like if you had grilled it.

Oven Baked BBQ Chicken

10 chicken pieces, washed and patted dry (breast, legs, or thighs) I used legs and thighs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
1 tablespoon Grill Mate Montreal Steak Seasoning
2 cups Sweet Baby Ray Barbecue Sauce

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Spray two 12-inch large cast iron skillet with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

Season chicken with salt, pepper, and Grill Mate.

Place 5 pieces each in the two cast iron skillets for 45 minutes.

Remove from the oven and generously spoon barbecue sauce over each piece of chicken.

Turn the oven up to 425 degrees F. and return the chicken to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until chicken is done and barbecue sauce has thickened and slightly browned.

Note:  This recipe can be halved.  You will need to adjust the seasonings accordingly.

You may see this recipe on Linky Parties here!
Kay Little
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  1. This looks so delicious! Saw it on facebook and definitely had to pin it so I can try it during the summer. Can't wait.


  2. Just pinned! =)
    I love chicken recipes!

  3. You're before me at the Foodtastic Friday link party so I'm here checking out your site and this chicken recipe, which looks delicious, by the way. Pure comfort food at it's finest. And then served with a biscuit and gravy. Yum.

    Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life

  4. My hubby loves bbq chicken! Thanks for the recipe because I pinned it for later. I hope you have a great day! Julia @ www.juliakendrick.com

  5. Mmm, I've been looking for a good oven barbecued chicken recipe forever! This looks mouthwatering, I'm pinning it to try soon :) Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friday!

  6. Can't wait to try it this way. Thanks....

  7. This looks fab. I'd love for you to link these up over at my blog today :D


  8. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Looks great. Following. Linda


  9. Oh, yummy! I am making this this weekend- it looks amazing!!! It's 10 o'clock in the morning and you've got me hungry for some BBQ chicken:) So excited to be following you on Twitter and Pinterest to see what you cook up next!

  10. This sounds perfect for a rainy night, but you still want your BBQ! Thanks so much for sharing at Two Cup Tuesday on Pint Sized Baker. I've pinned it!

  11. Woot! You have been featured this week at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I'd love to see you back. Have a great week. :)

  12. Anonymous6/23/2013

    This is soooo good! It is now my go to recipe for bbq chicken.

  13. Anonymous6/23/2013

    This is soooo good! It is now my go to recipe for bbq chicken.

  14. Way too long in the oven. Start checking the temperature at 20 minutes and figure 8-10 more for BBQ sauce. I served with asparagus and mashed potatoes and also made a gravy out from the pan: Butter, balsamic, cognac, garlic, heavy cream and starch water.

  15. If using chicken breast would you recommend bone in or boneless? Thank you

    1. I would use bone in just because I think they are more flavorful...but boneless chicken breast are fine too!


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