Oven-Barbecued Chicken

This is a simple technique for recreating barbecued chicken when grilling is not an option. I have tried this method with skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts and with skinless, boneless chicken breasts, and while it works well with either, the bone-in chicken breasts definitely have more flavor. (Thanks to Cook’s Illustrated for the idea.)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Pat the chicken pieces dry and season well with salt and pepper
  3. Brown the chicken on both sides in a little oil over medium-high heat
  4. Remove the chicken pieces to a baking dish
  5. Spread each side thickly with any barbecue sauce — your own or a bottled sauce
  6. Bake until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 130 degrees — the time will vary depending on the thickness of the breasts and whether you are using bone-in or boneless, but start checking after 10 minutes
  7. Turn on the broiler and broil the chicken until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees, turning once — again the time will vary, but start checking after 5 minutes
  8. Serve with more heated sauce on the side
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3 thoughts on “Oven-Barbecued Chicken

  1. moveablefeast 12 March 2007 at 7:39 pm

    Nice recipe. Does your technique recreate the nice crispy skin you get while grilling, and if so does it do so better than pre-cooking the chicken in a frying pan? Thanks for the idea!

    Phil @ http://moveablefeast.wordpress.com

  2. shannonoz 13 March 2007 at 7:11 pm

    Browning the chicken first does give you a somewhat crispy skin, but I don’t think it really recreates grilling. It’s just a nice substitute during the colder months.

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