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Oven Barbecued Chicken

Chicken and Sunday dinner belong together. During my married life on a dairy farm, I'd make this baked bbq chicken before church. — Esther Shank, Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Brown chicken on both sides. Remove to paper towels to drain.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes.
  • Place chicken in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Pour sauce over chicken. Bake, uncovered, 45-60 minutes or until chicken juices run clear, basting occasionally.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Dark brown sugar contains more molasses than light or golden brown sugar. The types are generally interchangeable in recipes. But if you prefer a bolder flavor, choose dark brown sugar.
  • Worcestershire sauce was originally considered a mistake. In 1835, an English lord commissioned two chemists to duplicate a sauce he had tried in India. The pungent batch was disappointing and wound up in their cellar. When the pair stumbled upon the aged concoction 2 years later, they were pleasantly surprised by its unique taste.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    3 ounces cooked chicken: 302 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 483mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 21g protein.

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    • Dawn
      Sep 28, 2020

      I recall making this recipe when Iand#039;d gotten the Taste of Home 1994 Annual Recipe book. I admit that I HAD made a number of adjustments, using barbecue sauce since I did not have the ketchup, spicy or Dijon mustard since that was what I'd had available. I did use more onion-1 cup and for sugar, I had used granulated sugar and 1/4 tsp. pepper. The additional ingredient was 1 cup chopped green pepper and I'd basted the chicken every 15 minutes while baking it. This is a delicious recipe!

    • LBurkey
      May 14, 2020

      This recipe is easy to make and delicious. I think I would cut the vinegar down to 1/4 cup, as I could taste the vinegar coming thru. Otherwise, we really enjoyed it.

    • ryanswife
      Oct 23, 2018

      We LOVE this recipe! The sauce is awesome. I use this recipe for BBQ ribs too.

    • homemadewithlove
      Apr 14, 2018

      I tried this recipe back in 1994 when one of the 1st TOH cookbooks came out. It is my go to time and time again. My family loves the flavor and I use legs and thighs. Served with garlic mashed potatoes, veggie or salad and hot cornbread!

    • JoanieK53
      Dec 22, 2017

      will try this using boneless chicken and bake without browning first as another person did.

    • goldenbird
      Sep 17, 2017

      I don't know... It didn't exactly excite us...I probably won't make it again.. It wasn't a 5 star in my books... try Taste of homes seafood lasagna... now that is a 5 star!

    • 2124arizona
      Jul 4, 2017

      This is the first barbecued chicken I have fixed in TOH and one of the best! The flavors come together so nicely! We love this chicken!

    • apschwartz
      Jul 25, 2016

      very good and easy. I also just used breasts and baked for an hour with perfectly done chicken as the outcome. will definitely make again.

    • TNbluffbaker
      Jan 9, 2016

      Who needs bottled barbecue sauce with this easy to make and tasty recipe? I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but didn't brown them. I put them in a pan, poured the sauce over them and baked it at 350 for 1 hour.

    • shannondobos
      Jan 5, 2016

      I made this for dinner last night and was not disappointed! Everyone in the family enjoyed it. The sauce is the perfect mix of tangy and sweet, and the chicken was perfectly tender after the 45 minutes. There was a breast leftover, and I thinly sliced it and coated it with leftover sauce for an amazing chicken sandwich for lunch today! This will definitely become part of the regular rotation.