Today’s recipe for chicken is moist and juicy. And while we’re focusing on smothering it with barbecue sauce, this preparation can be used on just about any flavor chicken you can dream up. Just marinate, season, bake and enjoy.
When someone says “bbq chicken” you think one of two things, right? There’s the barbeque chicken that is cooked on a grill or smoker and there’s the chicken that is baked in the oven with barbecue sauce. This recipe is the latter. If you’d like some recipes for grilled chicken, try this Gorgeous Grilled Chicken recipe, my Garlic Ranch Chicken Marinade, or my go-to recipe for Basic Grilled Chicken.
The key is to start with bone-in, half chicken breasts. Boneless and skinless chicken has its place in the poultry kingdom, but not here. We want the bone because it keeps the meat from drying out and imparts excellent flavor. Since we’re smothering this chicken with BBQ sauce, I’m going to take the skin off, but I often leave it on if I’m cooking it without a sauce.
Oven Baked BBQ Chicken, baby! Today we’re talking about baking chicken breasts to moist, juicy perfection, smothering them with BBQ Sauce and consuming immediately! Are you ready for this deliciousness?
- 4 bone-in Chicken Breast Halves
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2-3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- pepper to taste
- 1 cup favorite prepared BBQ sauce
- Remove skin from chicken breast halves and place in a large ziplock bag.
- Combine olive oil, smoked paprika, lemon juice, and garlic in a small bowl and pour over chicken.
- Let chicken marinade for at least an hour, up to 24 in the fridge.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Remove chicken from bag and place on a baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 20 minutes and brush a layer of BBQ sauce on the chicken. Return to the oven and repeat brushing with BBQ sauce every 5 minutes until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes longer. Chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F when read with a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breas