The barbecue flavors have found its way into almost every household around the world, and our barbecue chicken recipe will show you why.
Roasted chicken thighs are marinated in a flavorful classic BBQ sauce and accompanied by potatoes, corn, and cherry tomatoes on the plate. This recipe serves up a balanced meal that is fitting for any occasion.
As a bonus, you can cook this dish in the oven, saving you the trouble of preparing and working a grill.
This dish has 498 calories, 6.6 g of saturated fat, and 601 mg sodium per serving due to the skin-on chicken thighs and BBQ sauce—on the heavy side but still reasonable numbers nonetheless.
As the main protein source, chicken thighs provide you with 26 g in each serving.
The vegetable lineup of potatoes, corn, and cherry tomatoes adds many valuable nutrients to this dish like fiber, minerals, vitamins, and other antioxidants.
Ingredients for Barbecue Chicken
Chicken: With skin-on chicken thighs as the cut of choice in this recipe, you get to enjoy the tender flesh of chicken and the richness of its skin bathed in the enticing flavor profile of the sauce.
Vegetables: Potatoes and corn are two popular cookout vegetables. While mashed potatoes and grilled corn are the most common ways to cook them, roasting allows them to absorb the scent and taste of BBQ sauce and chicken.
Cherry tomatoes give the dish sweeter and fruitier notes of flavor, acting as a nice counterbalance to the two starchy vegetables.
BBQ sauce: BBQ sauce is the main attraction of this recipe. The sauce has ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and honey with spices like garlic powder, paprika, dried oregano, brown sugar, salt, and pepper.
This tasty sauce packs a ton of flavor, yet it is not overwhelming in the slightest. It works wonderfully with the chicken, leaving a lingering sweet and savory taste after every bite.
What Kinds of Chicken Are Best for BBQ
We recommend using chicken thighs or drumsticks because they are not easy to overcook. Also, dark meat cuts are more flavorful thanks to the fat.
However, chicken breast will also benefit from the delicious sauce. BBQ sauce can elevate it from a plain cut to a tasty meal.
Lastly, if you’re making party food, wings are the cut to go for.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
Once the barbecue is removed from the heat, it needs to be eaten or refrigerated within 2 hours. Transfer the leftovers to airtight containers or freezer bags to store. Barbecue chicken should last for 3 to 4 days in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer.
You can reheat leftover barbecue chicken in the oven at 300 °F or in a skillet over low heat. Make sure to stir frequently to cook the chicken evenly. A microwave is a viable option, but it tends to heat unevenly.
Side Dishes for Barbecue Chicken
We recommend serving barbecue chicken with a light and fresh salad with leafy greens:
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