Baked BBQ Chicken Thighs

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Baked BBQ chicken thighs can be made in less than an hour any time of year. No need for a grill, this juicy chicken is full of flavor.

Chicken thighs covered in BBQ sauce.
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You don’t need a grill to enjoy delicious BBQ. An oven or air fryer can cook up amazing BBQ recipes like baby back ribs in the oven or air fryer bbq chicken. This oven baked bbq chicken recipe is no exception.

Why you will love this baked BBQ chicken recipe

  • Chicken thighs are dark meat which makes them tender, juicy and packed with flavor. They also don’t dry out as easily as chicken breasts.
  • Minimal ingredients are needed for this easy oven baked chicken recipe.

Ingredients needed

Chicken thighs – We are using boneless, skinless chicken thighs. You can substitute with bone-in, skin on.

Seasoning rub – Brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and ground black pepper. This dry rub will be used to season the chicken.

BBQ sauce – Use your favorite BBQ sauce or homemade BBQ sauce. We are using Sweet Baby Ray’s.

Package of chicken thighs, bowl of salt and pepper, brown sugar, bbq sauce, olive oil, and seasonings.

How long to bake BBQ chicken thighs?

These boneless skinless thighs will take about 50 minutes to bake at 350 degrees F. If using bone-in thighs, you might need to increase the cook time 5-10 minutes.

How to make BBQ chicken thighs in the oven

Step one: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and an oven safe baking rack. Lightly spray the rack to help prevent sticking. ***Note: If you don’t have a rack, the chicken can be put directly on foil sprayed with nonstick spray.

Bowl of chicken thighs, bowl of seasoning, and bbq sauce.

Step two: Pat chicken thighs off with a paper towel. Make the seasoning rub by combining brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.

Bowl with seasoned chicken thighs.

Step three: Place chicken thighs in a large bowl. Pour olive oil and seasoning mixture over the chicken thighs. Toss to completely coat the chicken.

Uncooked chicken thighs on baking sheet.

Step four: Place chicken thighs on the prepared rack and bake for 30 minutes. Brush BBQ sauce over chicken thighs. Bake another 20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

Baking sheet with bbq chicken thighs.

Recipe tips

  • Make sure to cook until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches at least 165 degrees F. Stick a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh to ensure you have the right temperature.
  • Cook time may vary if you use skin on, bone-in chicken thighs.
  • If you would like to brown the thighs, similar to grilling, put them under the broil the last 2-5 minutes of cooking.

What to serve with this dish

This BBQ chicken pairs well with so many different side dishes, so many in fact we made a list of best BBQ sides. A few favorites are slaw, fries, and potato salad.

How to store

Store: You can store any leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Make sure to let it cool and then store the thighs whole or you can shred the chicken. It will last 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

Reheat: To reheat, place in a baking dish and heat in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until heated through.

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BBQ Chicken Thighs

By Heather
BBQ chicken thighs in the oven can be made in about an hour any time of year. Chicken thighs are seasoned with a simple rub and baked with BBQ sauce.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and an oven safe rack. Lightly spray the rack.
  • Pat chicken thighs off with a paper towel. Combine brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Place chicken thighs in a large bowl. Pour olive oil and seasonings over the chicken thighs. Toss to completely coat the chicken.
  • Put chicken thighs on the rack and bake for 30 minutes. Brush BBQ sauce over chicken thighs. Bake another 20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

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Nutrition

Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 542mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 246IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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