These baked bbq chicken thighs are juicy, tender, and full of flavor! All you need are 5 simple ingredients - your favorite bbq sauce, a few seasonings, and chicken thighs and you've got a delicious meal in under an hour!
This family favorite recipe is an easy recipe, perfect for any night of the week. It's the kind of recipe that requires minimal effort but has so much flavor - and to me, that's a win win situation.
Because it's both easy, delicious, and only requires a handful of ingredients, it's quickly becoming one of my favorite chicken thigh recipes.
To get that nice crispy skin, I have a quick go to method that never fails. I sear the chicken thighs in a skillet for a few minutes, until golden brown, then I bake the chicken in the oven which makes these oven roasted chicken thighs SO juicy and tender.
At first bite, you'll be hooked. This is the only crispy baked chicken thigh recipe you'll ever need!
BBQ Sauce - The type of barbecue sauce that you use is completely up to you! I enjoy Noblemade's Smoky BBQ sauce as well as Sweet Baby Ray's - I alternate between the two depending on what's in my pantry at the time. If you'd like, you can even make your own homemade bbq sauce - check out my honey bbq sauce that is utterly delicious!
Bone-in Chicken Thighs - I like using dark meat with the skin on because it has the most flavor. Not to mention, the skin gets nice and crispy in the oven and makes for such a delicious bite when you sink your teeth into it. However, you can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs, just note that skinless thighs they cook a bit faster so keep an eye on it.
Dry Rub - this is a quick and easy spice mixture - simply combine poultry seasoning, smoked paprika (and of course salt and black pepper) all over the chicken and you're done! I like using poultry seasoning as it has a bit of everything - garlic powder, onion powder, etc. One stop shop for seasoning. Easy peasy!
Some of my favorite sides to enjoy with these bbq baked chicken thighs are:
Store any leftover chicken in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Freezing and Reheating: You can also freeze the chicken in freezer bags for up to 4 months. When you're ready to eat them again, let the chicken thaw in the refrigerator and then warm in the oven at 300 degrees until warmed throughout.
You'll want to bake chicken thighs until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F - the amount of time can vary depending on the size of the cut of chicken. At 425 degrees F, cooking time is about 25-30 minutes.
For crispy skin and juicy, tender chicken, 425 degrees F is best . Higher temperature allows for the chicken to cook quickly and evenly without drying out.
Both! For oven-baked barbecue chicken, I add barbecue sauce before baking, then baste the chicken with additional sauce and continue to cook until the chicken is fully baked.
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