Father’s Day: Barbecue Chicken in the Oven

Traditionally any summer holiday just screams for the barbecue, right? Well, perhaps not in Tucson. We have such wonderful weather to grill outdoors from say September to May. But in June, forget about it! It is just plain HOT!!

But that does not mean that when certain holidays come around, that we do not wish for and plan for those same enjoyable barbecue/ grill meals. Yummz! Grilled chicken, hotdogs or corn on the cob, potato salad, coleslaw etc… We just love it all..

We just cook a bit differently in the summer.

What do we do differently? We cook it all indoors. Now yes, we will admit, the toasty grilled flavor is gone… BUT that is OK because no one is ready to pass out standing in front of the hot coals either.

Here is our easy recipe for BBQ Chicken in the Oven.

What you need:

  • Chicken (we like to use chicken on the bone, but use your favorite pieces)
  • BBQ sauce (We love Trader Joe’s Bold & Smoky Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce)

How to:

Cover you baking dish of choice with foil. Spray with cooking spray or coat the foil lightly with oil.

Thaw the chicken first, if frozen, then rinse and pat dry with paper towels. Place chicken on the foil covered baking pan, and season lightly with salt and pepper.

Bake at 350 degrees until the chicken is just cooked. This can take between 30-60 minutes. The time will depend on what pieces of chicken you chose to cook. Bigger, thicker pieces take longer than smaller thinner pieces. Also chicken with bones takes a few minutes longer than boneless chicken.

It is easy to check to see if you chicken is cooked. Take the pan out of the oven and cut into the chicken with a knife and fork to peek. Chicken is fully cooked when the juice runs clear, and the meat is no longer pink inside.

When the chicken is fully cooked, brush the BBQ sauce on the chicken and let cook about 10 more minutes.

Variations:

-You can season the chicken before cooking with some cumin or Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute if you like

-You can cook the chicken the day before (hey in the AM when it is cool) and then heat up with the BBQ sauce when you are ready to eat.

So that is it, really. Let us know if you tried this Oven BBQ and what you think.

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