Easy Oven Baked Barbecue Chicken Thighs

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Oven baked barbecue chicken thighs are a super juicy main dish with a flavorful spice rub then topped with sweet, sticky and smokey barbecue sauce.

Oven baked barbecue chicken thighs

Do you love the smoky and tangy flavors of barbecue chicken, but don’t feel like firing up the grill? I’ve got you covered with this easy and delicious recipe for oven-baked barbecue chicken thighs. With just a few simple ingredients and minimal preparation time, you can enjoy tender and flavorful chicken that’s coated in a mouthwatering barbecue sauce.

I believe in simple yet flavorful recipes so this is perfect for busy weeknights. The secret to this dish is the combination of spices in the rub, which adds a subtle kick of heat and enhances the natural flavors of the chicken. And of course, the star of the show is the barbecue sauce, which is sweet, smoky, and perfectly sticky.

Whether you’re hosting a family dinner or looking for a quick and satisfying meal, these oven-baked barbecue chicken thighs are sure to be a hit. So grab your apron and get ready to impress your taste buds with this finger-licking good recipe.

How To Make Baked Barbecue Chicken Thighs

Ingredients needed

  • Chicken thighs
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Spice rub (listed below)

Quick tip before starting for variations

For this recipe, I used bone-in chicken thighs. But the recipe can work for boneless and skin-less thighs, drumsticks as well.

Oven baked barbecue chicken thighs

Making the baked barbecue chicken thighs in the oven

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Now, combine all the ingredients for the spice rub. Next, remove the chicken thighs from the package.
  3. Cover the chicken thighs with the spice rub. Then place on a sheet pan skin side up. You can also use a baking dish as well.
  4. Cook in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove them from the oven and carefully drain any dripping from the pan on baking dish. Flip them over and brush BBQ sauce across the bottoms and place them back in the oven for 10 minutes.
  6. After 10 minutes, remove them from the oven and drain any excess dripping from the pan. Now, flip the chicken skin side up and sauce them. Place them back in the oven for a final 10 minutes before removing.
  7. When they are done, allow them to cool a bit before serving.

Recipes to serve with the thighs and other sticky, sweet options

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Oven baked barbecue chicken thighs

Baked Barbecue Chicken Thighs

Oven baked barbecue chicken thighs are a super juicy main dish with a flavorful spice rub then topped with sweet, sticky and smokey barbecue sauce.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 5 serving

Ingredients
 

  • 5-6 chicken thighs
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce

Spice rub

  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400℉.
  • Now, combine all the ingredients for the spice rub. Next, remove the chicken thighs from the package.
  • Cover the chicken thighs with the spice rub. Then place on a sheet pan skin side up. You can also use a baking dish as well.
  • Cook in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove them from the oven and carefully drain any dripping from the pan on baking dish. Flip them over and brush BBQ sauce across the bottoms and place them back in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, remove them from the oven and drain any excess dripping from the pan. Now, flip the chicken skin side up and sauce them. Place them back in the oven for a final 10 minutes before removing.
  • When they are done, allow them to cool a bit before serving.
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