The Best Oven Baked BBQ Chicken

The Best Oven Baked BBQ Chicken

Yep. I said the BEST and I ain’t taking that back! My Day 1 Cookies know that I’m not to be trusted around a BBQ pit. So, I have to make as much magic as I can in my oven. And, baby, this chicken is something serious!

Use whatever part(s) of the bird you’d like. Leave the bone in and the skin on. And make sure that you pat your chicken very dry using a paper towel. We want the dry rub to stick to that bird really well.

Oh, yeah, there will be some dry rubbing going on! Pause….sorry. Anyway, I keep my dry rub simple yet flavorful! You can rub it down and refrigerate to marinate it if you’d like. That’s always good. But, if you’re in a hurry, it’ll be just as good if you rub then bake immediately!

I like to bake my chicken in my cast iron skillet. But, a baking dish or roasting pan works too.

Now, the BBQ sauce. I’m going to assume you already have some of Coop’s homemade BBQ sauce made and chilling in the fridge by now. Here’s the recipe:

I like my chicken saucy! So, I’m little heavy handed with the sauce. Brush as much or as little as you’d like before broiling.

Broiling makes the sauce sticky! The messier the BBQ the BETTER! And talk about juicy! No dry bird included in this recipe. Break out the paper towels and enjoy!

Happy Cooking,

B. Coop

Oven Baked BBQ Chicken Recipe

Servings 8 people


  • 8 chicken pieces bone in, skin on
  • 2 tsp baking powder NOT soda. Put the orange box back!
  • BBQ sauce of your choice Better use mine!
  • Cooking spray

Dry Rub:

  • 2 TBS brown sugar
  • 1 TBS Cajun or Creole seasoning
  • 1 T onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 T smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Wash (run some water over that bird!) and pat the chicken dry with a paper towel
  3. Sprinkle on the baking powder and toss chicken to coat
  4. In a small bowl, mix all Dry Rub ingredients together.
  5. Sprinkle the rub onto the chicken evenly
  6. Spray a baking or roasting pan with nonstick cooking spray
  7. Place the chicken into the pan skin side up
  8. Bake, uncovered for 20 mins.
  9. Flip chicken over and return to the oven
  10. Continue baking for 20-25 more minutes or until chicken reaches an internal temp of 165 F (Just stick a fork in the bird and make sure the juices are clear, Chile!)
  11. Remove the chicken from the oven, flip it back over (skin side up), and drain off any liquid.
  12. Brush the BBQ sauce liberally over the chicken
  13. Turn your oven on broil and place the chicken on the top rack
  14. Broil for 2-3 minutes or until sauce is sticky
  15. Allow the chicken to rest for 10 minutes before serving
  16. Enjoy!