Oven Barbecued Chicken

This Oven Barbecued Chicken has all the flavor of chicken cooked on the grill, but no grill is needed. Slathered with bbq sauce, this chicken is so juicy and flavorful!
Oven Barbecued Dr. Pepper Chicken

Sometimes you want some good ole barbecue, but you don’t feel like firing up the grill. You know those days when it’s 110° with 90% humidity, there’s not a breeze to be found, and an army of hungry mosquitoes seems to have descended on your backyard. On those days it’s tempting to stay within the confines of the nicely air-conditioned (and bug free) house.

Oven Barbecued Dr. Pepper Chicken

Chicken leg quarters are my favorite piece of chicken to barbecue. They have a good amount of fat so they stay juicy. Plus a pack of them is super cheap at the grocery store. As an added bonus, you get to eat 2 pieces of chicken but count it only as one. 🙂


Oven Barbecued Chicken

You can use any type of barbecue sauce, but I especially like the Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce I made for hot dogs a few weeks ago and that’s what I used.

Oven Barbecued Chicken

Giving the chicken a quick sear in a hot skillet before placing in the oven helps render some of the fat out of the skin, allowing it to become nice and crisp instead of soggy. Serve with a side of  slow-cooked baked beans, Buttermilk Slaw, and Summer Succotash for a summery meal no one will guess you didn’t slave over the grill for.

Oven Barbecued Chicken with Dr. Pepper Sauce


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Oven Barbecued Chicken with Dr. Pepper Sauce
Oven Barbecued Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

Oven Barbecued Chicken is moist and flavorful and perfect for when you don't have access to a grill.

Course: Main Dish
Servings: 4
Author: Christin Mahrlig
  • 4 chicken leg quarters
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespooons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Sprinkle chicken pieces lightly with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place 2 pieces of chicken in skillet skin side down and cook for 2 minutes, until skin is nicely seared.

  2. Remove from pan and place skin side up in a large baking dish. Place remaining 2 pieces of chicken in skillet, using a little more oil if necessary. Sear skin for 2 minutes and place last 2 pieces in the baking dish.

  3. Baste chicken with sauce and bake for 20 minutes.

  4. Baste again and bake 15 minutes.

  5. Baste a third time and bake for 15-20 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Serve with any leftover sauce (bring it to a boil to be safe).

Recipe Notes

I like to use this Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce.

Oven Barbecued Chicken Goes Great With

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13 thoughts on “Oven Barbecued Chicken

  1. The best way to prepare meat, is to soak the meat or fish in salt water mix with flour and lime for 45 mins then season, great taste,

  2. Christin, this looks absolutely delicious. Please invite me over! On a completely different subject, are you using Thesis theme for your blog? I am thinking of switching to Thesis and was curious what my favorite blogs are using.

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