Easy Baked BBQ Chicken

close photo of a bbq chicken thigh partially cut open on brown newsprint paper.

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Get the taste of BBQ chicken from your oven! This easy baked BBQ chicken is made with a dry rub then combined with your favorite BBQ sauce. Bake then broil for oven BBQ perfection!


4 bone-in chicken thighs, skin and excess fat removed
1/2 cup BBQ sauce, plus more for basting and serving
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Prepare your baking sheet by lining it with foil, and topping with a baking rack that’s been sprayed with cooking spray.

2. In a small bowl combine the dry ingredients: the brown sugar, garlic powder, smoked paprika, onion powder, salt and pepper.

3. Lightly score the chicken thighs by cutting one or two slices into the top, then place in a large bowl.

4. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with the dry rub and make sure the chicken is well coated (use all of the dry rub!!).

5. Next, pour in the 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce and massage well into the chicken.

6. Place the chicken top side down onto the baking rack, bake for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, flip the chicken, baste the top with additional fresh BBQ sauce, then bake another 20 minutes. Internal temperature of the chicken should be 165 degrees. If temperature is not reached, add 5 minutes and test again.

7. Lastly, place under the broiler for 90 seconds – 2 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!


Use your favorite BBQ sauce. If you need a recommendation I like Sticky Finger’s Carolina Sweet and Dinosaur BBQ.

With these baking elevated on a baking rack, the juices and sauce beneath the rack will burn onto the foil. If the burn is smoking or becomes too strong you can swap the chicken onto a new baking sheet with fresh foil. (I haven’t needed to do this but wanted to provide an alternative)