Easy Oven Barbequed (Barbecued) Chicken

"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."
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Ready In:
2hrs 10mins




  • Pre-heat your oven to 350-degrees F.
  • 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.).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.).
  • 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.).

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  1. 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.
  2. This was a great recipe! I made it exactly as directed and my family loved it. Thanks for a wonderful recipe and great directions!
  3. 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.


<p>I am a retired State Park Resort Manager/Ranger. <br /><br />Anyway, as to my years in the State Park System (retired now), I was responsible for 4 restaurants/dining rooms on my park and my boss at Central Headquarters said I should spend less time in my kitchens and more time tending to my park budget. I spent 25 years in those kitchens and worked with some really great chefs over those years, (and some really awful ones too!) <br /><br />I spent THOUSANDS of hours on every inch of that park and adjacent state forest (60,000 acres) and sometimes I miss it. But mostly I miss being in that big beautiful resort lodge kitchen. I miss my little marina restaurant down on the Ohio River too. I served the best Reuben Sandwich (my own recipe -- posted on 'Zaar as The Shawnee Marina Reuben Sandwich) in both the State of Ohio and the Commonwealth of Kentucky down there and sold it for $2.95. Best deal on the river! <br /><br />They (friends and neighbors) call my kitchen The Ospidillo Cafe. Don't ask me why because it takes about a case of beer, time-wise, to explain the name. Anyway, it's a small galley kitchen with a Mexican motif (until my wife catches me gone for a week or so), and it's a very BUSY kitchen as well. We cook at all hours of the day and night. You are as likely to see one of my neighbors munching down over here as you are my wife or daughter. I do a lot of recipe experimentation and development. It has become a really fun post-retirement hobby -- and, yes, I wash my own dishes. <br /><br />Also, I'm the Cincinnati Chili Emperor around here, or so they say. (Check out my Ospidillo Cafe Cincinnati Chili recipe). SKYLINE CHILI is one of my four favorite chilis, and the others include: Gold Star Chili, Empress Chili and, my VERY favorite, Dixie. All in and around Cincinnati. Great stuff for cheap and I make it at home too. <br /><br />I also collect menus and keep them in my kitchen -- I have about a hundred or so. People go through them and when they see something that they want, I make it the next day. That presents some real challenges! <br /><br />http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/parks/shawnee.htm</p>
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