There are days I neeeeed some finger-licking, oven-roasted, BBQ chicken, even in the dead of winter. Hell, especially in the cold when I’m missing sun-kissed days and umbrelly drinks by the pool.
This recipe is for those days.
The biggest question to ask yourself when making BBQ chicken is what flavor combo are you craving. A straight BBQ sauce poured right from the bottle? A homemade concoction with some ‘pice? Sweetness instead of savory?
What is it that you want in your mouth NOW?
For me, it was a reminder of summer; a bit of sweetness with a twang. I rummaged through my fridge and spice cabinet and settled on a Vidalia Onion-based BBQ sauce, coupled with some peach preserves from the Texas Hill Country and then added a bit of garlic powder. The result was exactly what I had been craving. The only thing to make this better is to actually make it on the pit outside. Next time.
See those chunks of peach preserves? Oh, my. The vapors, I has them.
To the recipe!
Oven Roasted BBQ Chicken
2 cups BBQ sauce
1 cup cup peach preserves
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
8 whole chicken thighs, bone-in, skin-on
2-3 tbsp olive oil
Combine BBQ sauce, peach preserves, onion powder and garlic powder in a medium saucepan and heat through. Turn off heat and set aside.
Preheat Oven to 400°
Pour olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet, spreading to coat.
Place chicken thighs skin side down in the pans.
Roast for 25 minutes.
Remove from oven briefly, brush sauce all over the thighs. Using tongs, flip them over, being careful not to tear the skin.
Brush the tops with more sauce and return to the oven for 7 minutes.
Remove from oven, brush on more sauce, and return to the oven for another 7 minutes.
Remove from oven, brush on sauce, and turn up the temperature to 425 degrees.
Continue roasting for another 7 to 10 minutes, or until the sauce is starting to brown around the edges and the thighs are totally cooked through.
Remove from the oven and let sit for at least 10 minutes before serving.
When making this recipe, go ahead and make more than you’ll need for a meal. The chicken freezes well AND is great in tacos or on pizza!
(adapted from Pioneer Woman)
What are you waiting for?