Easy Oven Barbequed (Barbecued) Chicken

Total Time
2hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 2 hrs

Is this the very best barbequed chicken you ever tasted? Nope.... but it's pretty darn good! It's also about as easy as any scratch entree recipe you'll ever make. I prepared it a few nights back when I couldn't come up with anything for supper until late in the day -- that's when I remembered the frozen chicken (cut up) in my freezer. If the chicken is still half-frozen even after some defrosting in the microwave, this recipe still works fine.


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350-degrees F.
  2. Dump the cut up chicken parts (you can use all of one kind, such as thighs or drumsticks if you wish -- just use about three pounds or a little more, of chicken) into a large mixing bowl. Melt the butter in the microwave and pour it all over the chicken (if the chicken is really cold the butter will re-solidify and that's okay.).
  3. Sprinkle the seasoning salt all over the chicken and blend the chicken parts around until they are evenly covered with the butter and seasoned salt. I don't bother to trim the chicken -- it really makes little difference whether you do or not. You can also add a little garlic powder and/or herbs if you like those flavors -- a little rosemary would be terrific.
  4. Prepare a roasting pan (or large casserole dish) by placing a rack in the bottom (or anything else, such as an ovenproof plate) which will keep the chicken off the bottom. Add the water to the bottom of the roasting pan. Lay out the chicken on the rack. Cover the roaster with a lid or aluminum foil and bake for one hour at 350-degrees F.
  5. At the end of the hour, uncover the chicken and brush on the barbeque sauce until the chicken parts are well-covered. Don't worry too much about the undersides. Re-set the oven to 250-degrees F. and bake the chicken for another full hour (add another 1/2 cup of water if the roasting pan is dry -- this steams the chicken and gets it really tender.) Serve with side dishes (I like steamed asparagus and microwave-baked potatoes.).
  6. I like to serve the chicken with additional barbeque sauce at the table. My three favorite commercial sauces (in order of preference) are Kroger's hickory sauce (store brand), Sweet Baby Ray's sauce, and Open Pit (regular.).
Most Helpful

This is a good recipe......everyone liked it. I baked it covered for a hour then basted with BBQ sauce, recovered the dish and baked one more hour. Made for Cookbook Zaar tag cooking game.

linguinelisa May 09, 2012

This was a great recipe! I made it exactly as directed and my family loved it. Thanks for a wonderful recipe and great directions!

Likkel June 25, 2011

This was good and easy to make. I followed the recipe as written other then I cooked mine for an hour and then uncovered for a half an hour. I didn't cook it any longer because the chicken was falling off the bone. We all enjoyed this.

bmcnichol June 07, 2012