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Monday, August 29, 2011

Oven-Baked Bar-B-Q Chicken

Last night I was in desperate need of an easy recipe for a LARGE pack of chicken thighs that were taking up room in my freezer. I came across this finger licken recipe at The Hungry Mouse. It is so easy and so delicious. J could not get enough!


Here is a more edited version of how I did her recipe. For her full version (her BBQ sauce that she used etc.) click on her link above. How delicious does this look?! I would fix it again tonight!



Through out the recipe there are picturs of her leg quarters. I used thighs but really any part of the chicken will do.

Oven Baked BBQ Chicken

4 chicken leg quarters (or thighs or whatever piece you like)
kosher salt
spray canola oil
3/4 – 1 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
Serves 2

Oven Baked BBQ Chicken:  Prep

Line a sheet pan with foil. Set a rack in the pan. Set aside while you sear the chicken. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.



Grab your chicken leg quarters.



Give them a rinse and pat them dry.


Set a nonstick pan on the stove over high heat and spray with a little canola oil. Let it heat up for a minute or two.



Oven Baked BBQ Chicken:  Sear the Chicken

When the pan is hot, drop in a few of the chicken leg quarters, skin-side down. You don’t want to crowd the pan (or your chicken will steam, not sear), so do this in a few batches.



With my thighs I was able to fit four into a pan. Searing them really adds flavor and makes them gorgeous to look at before you enhale them!

Cook them on high like this for a few minutes, until the skin is nice and brown, like this. You’re going to make a little smoke. That’s just fine. ( I made A LOT of smoke )



When the skin is browned, transfer the chicken to your prepared pan. Repeat with the rest of the chicken. (I only brown the skin side. I find that intense high heat on the skinless underside can dry the meat out a little.)



Oven Baked BBQ Chicken:  Brush with Sauce

When all your chicken is browned, you’re ready to coat it in barbecue sauce. Put the sauce in a medium-sized bowl so it’s easier to work with.



Using a brush, paint each piece of chicken on all sides with barbecue sauce.







Oven Baked BBQ Chicken: Bake for 15 min and brush with more sauce

When each piece of chicken is coated, pop the pan into your preheated 375 degree oven. Bake like this for 15 minutes.



After about 15 minutes, yank the pan out of the oven. Your chicken should look about like this. (The color will vary based on the sauce you use and how much sugar is in it…the more sugar, the darker it will likely be.)



Brush with the remaining barbecue sauce, covering each piece on all sides again.





When the chicken is coated again, pop the pan back into the oven. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes more, until they’re cooked through completely. (Your chicken should be in the oven for a total of 45-50 minutes.) Even with my small thighs, I cooked them for this amount of time and they were perfectly juicy.



After 30-35 minutes, they should have a nice crust. If you’re a meat thermometer type, you want a reading of 165 degrees in the thickest part of the chicken (without touching a bone).



Transfer to a serving platter.



Sprinkle with chopped cilantro. ( I skipped the cilantro because I did not have any)



Serve and enjoy!



I know this is a very beginner/step by step process, but I am on that level of cooking and this was delicious! I served them will butter beans and potatoes. We ate like kings for a small price!!
Try this out and let me know how you like it!

1 comment:

  1. This was so simple to make. I'm new to the oven world and I was amazed that I can do this. It was yummy too.

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