This Oven Baked BBQ Chicken is the perfect solution for those summertime dinner cravings - without the grill! Super moist thanks to a simple brine, this finger-lickin' good glazed bird needs very little attention once it's in the oven for its 40-ish minute ride to the dinner table!
Course Main Course
Keyword baked bbq chicken
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 40minutes
Marinating Time 8hours
Total Time 50minutes
3sprigs fresh parsleythyme, and/or rosemary
Red pepper flakesoptional
3 1/2poundswhole chicken cut into 8-10 pieces
2cupsbarbecue saucehomemade or your fave brand
Combine water, salt, brown sugar, peppercorns, garlic, herbs, and red pepper flakes in a large saucepan set over high heat. Bring water to a boil, then cover and remove from heat. Let cool for 10 minutes.
Fill a large bowl halfway with ice. Pour brine over the ice and stir until mostly melted.
Submerge the chicken pieces in the bowl, cover, and refrigerate 8-12 hours.
When ready to cook, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Remove chicken from brine. Rinse and pat dry, discarding the brine.
Place chicken pieces, skin side up, on a rack set over a baking sheet or roasting pan. Salt lightly if desired.
Baste chicken with half the barbecue sauce. Bake 20 minutes. Brush on remaining barbecue sauce and bake another 20-30 minutes, until internal temp is 165 degrees F. (You may need to remove smaller pieces earlier as they'll reach proper temperature faster.)
Return all chicken to rack. Turn broiler to high and broil 2-3 minutes until barbecue sauce caramelizes a bit. Baste/serve with more barbecue sauce, if desired.