Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs

March 15, 2019
This Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs recipe is quick, easy, tasty, and always a family-pleaser.  It's a great recipe to have on hand when you want to get a hot, hearty dinner on the table in a flash!

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Got dark meat chicken lovers in your house?  Then these Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs are a great quick and easy dinner recipe to have around.

Truth be told, I am not a big fan of dark meat chicken.  I much prefer white meat, all the way.  But in my household ... I am seriously outnumbered on that.

Yes, in our home, I am the only one who likes white meat chicken.  All other members of the family go for dark meat, and one will ONLY eat dark meat.  Which meant for ease of dinner preparation, I needed to find a dark meat I could enjoy.

I love that boneless skinless chicken thighs bake up more quickly than many other cuts of meat.  It means a hearty, hot dinner can be on the table just that much faster.

My answer?

Boneless skinless chicken thighs.

I'm glad to have found boneless skinless chicken thighs are a dark meat I can get behind.  And why am I okay with them when I'm not a dark meat lover?  Because they're boneless and skinless like the boneless skinless breasts I love so much, they generally bake up super tender, and ... most of all ... because they bake quickly!

I love that boneless skinless chicken thighs bake up more quickly than many other cuts of meat.  It means a hearty, hot dinner can be on the table just that much faster.  And makes them a viable option for weeknight cooking.

Slathered in tasty homemade barbecue sauce, these easy Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs are our family's favorite way to enjoy them.  Every time I make them, I get the comment "You need to make these more often."  Which is always a nice thing to here at the dinner table, am I right?

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So, just how easy is it to make these Barbecue Chicken Thighs?  I'm not kidding, like really super easy.

All you do is mix up a simple homemade barbecue sauce from pretty basic pantry ingredients - some ketchup, Worcestershire, a little mustard, brown sugar, salt, and apple cider vinegar.  Oh, and a dash of hot sauce for some zip.

Using a Ziploc bag makes it really easy to get all the chicken thighs well coated in sauce, and it's one less bowl to wash!

The apple cider vinegar adds a nice bit of tang to the sauce, and hot sauce gives it a bit of heat.  If you or your family aren't into spiciness, just use less hot sauce or leave it out altogether.

Instead of mixing up my sauce in a mixing bowl, I use a gallon-size Ziploc bag.  Once I have all the ingredients in I just seal the bag and squish everything all around to get it all combined.

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Plus, using a Ziploc bag makes it really easy to get all the chicken thighs well coated in sauce, and it's one less bowl to wash!  I'm all about saving on dishes to wash.

Season the chicken thighs on both sides with salt and pepper, and then add them to the sauce.  Get them all well coated in sauce, and allow them to sit for about 10 to 15 minutes to marinate a bit.

Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs Marinating in Barbecue Sauce Image

Place the chicken thighs in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet, leaving a little space between the chicken pieces so they’re not too crowded ~ this helps them cook better.  I use tongs to remove the chicken from the bag so I don't get my hands completely messy, but hands work just fine for this, too.

I also line my baking sheet with aluminum foil to make clean-up a snap.  But that's completely optional, of course.

Oh, how I love this Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs recipe ~ quick, easy, tasty, and a family-pleaser.  

Once all the thighs are on the baking sheet, spoon about a tablespoon of  the extra sauce on top of each chicken thigh.

Pop the pan in the oven and bake everything for about 35 minutes.  That's it!  Easy as can be.

Oh, how I love this Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs recipe ~ quick, easy, tasty, and a family-pleaser.  Hey, they may even please the white meat fans out there like me.  What more could we ask for?

You might also enjoy these other easy dinner favorites:

Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs Baked in Barbecue Sauce Image
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Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs
Source:  Adapted from Mama Dip's Kitchen
(Print recipe)
Ingredients
  • 1 c. ketchup
  • 2 T. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 T. prepared yellow mustard
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce (I use Frank’s Red Hot)
  • 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 to 3 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • salt & pepper
Directions
  1. In a large bowl or gallon-sized Ziploc bag*, mix together ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, brown sugar, hot sauce, apple cider vinegar, and salt until thoroughly combined.
  2. Sprinkle the chicken thighs on both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the chicken to the sauce and get all the chicken pieces well coated. Allow to marinate for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Line a rimmed jelly-roll baking sheet with foil and spray foil with non-stick cooking spray. Place the chicken thighs in a single layer on the foil-lined baking sheet, leaving a little space between the chicken pieces so they’re not too crowded (this helps them cook better). Spoon about a tablespoon of sauce on the top of each chicken thigh.
  5. Bake at 400℉ for 25 minutes. Remove baking pan from the oven and pour off any liquid that has collected in the bottom of the pan.
  6. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 10 minutes longer.
* I use a Ziploc bag.  It makes it really easy to get all the chicken thighs well coated in sauce, and it's one less bowl to wash!

Enjoy!



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2 comments

  1. Since most of us have a jug of our favorite BBQ sauce on hand, store bought or homemade, this REALLY is a fast meal. After pouring of the juices, be sure to remove from oven when internal temp reaches 165 degrees and not rely on time cooking. If you have a couple boneless skinless breasts on the sheet, remove those at 162 degrees internal. Breasts can get over cooked fast if you are not paying attention.

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  2. I love BBQ and this is a super fast way with chicken. I will definitely keep this recipe in my file, And I want to thank you so much for linking up to our Celebrate Your Story link party. We hope we are providing a celebration of your post and perhaps yours will be chosen as a feature by one of the hosts.
    Have a great and Blessed Day!
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

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