Sunday, January 9, 2011

Old School Oven Barbecued Chicken

An old school, low and slow way to cook up a barbecue sauced chicken in the oven, the way that grandma used to make it.

Old School Oven Barbecued Chicken

This oven barbecue chicken is a great way to get indoor barbecue flavor when the grill is covered under snow, it's just too darned cold or you're too tired to fool with grilling. And yes, I realize that pouring commercially bottled barbecue sauce over chicken and baking it is absolutely deliciously easy, this recipe is the old school way of baking up a barbecued chicken dish.

The chicken cooks low and slow with a few interruptions for basting - y'all pretty much know how much I adore that method of cooking by now don't you?  It's a simple and delicious supper anytime, and the result is a tender, juicy and very flavorful barbecue chicken.

You start by searing some chicken in a combo of butter and olive oil - I used a whole chicken I cut up myself this time but you can do this with your favorite pieces if you prefer. Just adjust your cooking times accordingly. Transfer the chicken to a baking dish.

Saute about half of a sliced, medium sized onion in the same pan you cooked the chicken in, just until the onion is softened. Deglaze the pan with a splash of water, scrape up the browned bits in the pan, and transfer the contents over the chicken.

Whisk together the chili sauce, water, brown sugar, paprika, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, Kitchen Bouquet, liquid smoke, hot sauce, and red pepper flakes. I decided to add in some mustard to mine this time, making a sort of Carolina style I suppose, but you can omit the mustard if you prefer. Pour that mixture all over the top of the chicken. Bake at 325 degrees F, uncovered, for about 1-1/2 hours, or until chicken is cooked through, basting several times.

By the way, anybody else still have one of these baking dishes hanging around? I've had this Cornflower Blue baker since 1977, and believe it or not, I have used it regularly ever since. Guess it's pretty much a vintage piece now, sorta like me.

Recipe: Old School Oven Barbecued Chicken

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 1 hour 30 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

  • 1 (3-4 pound) whole chicken, cut up
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced thin
  • 1 cup of chili sauce or ketchup
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/8 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of Kitchen Bouquet
  • Splash of liquid smoke, optional
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • Couple dashes of dried, red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon of yellow mustard, optional

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet in slightly over medium heat. Season one side of the chicken with salt and pepper, placing the seasoned side down in the skillet. Once in the pan, season the top and when browned, turn to brown the other side. Remove to a roasting or baking pan. Add the sliced onion to the pan drippings and cook until tender and lightly browned. Deglaze the pan with a splash of water, scraping up the browned bits in the pan. Pour over the chicken.

Meanwhile whisk together all of the remaining ingredients. Pour over chicken and bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees F, basting several times, for about 1-1/2 hours or until juices run clear.

Crockpot: Follow all directions and add chicken, then onions and then sauce to the crockpot. Cover and cook on low for about 6 to 8 hours for a whole cut up chicken. Remove the skin from larger pieces for best results.


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  1. How did you know I was thinking about BBQ Chicken this week. I've got some good BBQ sauce in the fridge I want to use up. Love the baking method.

  2. This looks delicious Mary. I can imagine how tender and juicy it is.

  3. Sounds truly delicious. I'll bet those sauteed onions in there make all the difference!

  4. My (grandfather) Daddy Jack's recipe for "BBQ In the House" is very similar to this. This is the dish he would fix for us when we went to visit him in Dyersberg, TN when I was a kid. This and slaw and big dill pickle and red onion slices was a bit of heaven to a kid. Well, it still sounds great. Thanks for sharing this one. I'll have to give it a try. The Olde Bagg, Linda

  5. I have several pieces of Corning Ware and still use mine, too! The Chicken receipe sounds declicious. I'll be trying it soon.

  6. This makes me think of warm sunny days while I'm sitting here with several inches of snow! I'm definitely going to make this when I get a chance. Thanks Mary!

  7. Wow, it looks SO delicious - I'm gonna make this - for sure.......and I can't wait :-)

    My best,
    Birthe from Denmark

  8. I have no BBQ grill. But this recipe looks so delicious, I might make it tonight for tomorrow's dinner! I love everything with BBQ sauce on it!

  9. Definitely going to make this dish tonight. We are snowed in from the snow storm that hit the South! Still too dangerous to drive anywhere. I know I have a big chicken in the freezer and this will make the perfect dinner. Thanks. :)

  10. can't wait to make this tonight. My husband always complains that my bbq oven chicken has no flavor. I finally found the solution.Thank YOu.

  11. My fiance would be in love with me if he came home to something like this. And there is nothing wrong with dumping bbq sauce over chicken and shoving it in the oven.

  12. This sounds oh-so-perfect and less time consuming than the last oven bbq chicken recipe that I prepared. I'm definitely gonna give it a try!

    Stay warm!

  13. Hi Marye

    I was wondering by using chilli sauce instead of ketchup in the barbecue sauce does it add a better flavor.

  14. Merut there is absolutely nothing wrong with using commercial bbq sauce - this is just a recipe for the "old school" way of doing it.

    Hey Jackie! The chili sauce just contains a few other seasonings so it's just a different taste over plain ketchup. Either one is good.

  15. Well, it looks like I am moving back to the South. All the more reason to visit you here more often.

  16. I can NO LONGER look at your blog! I'm hungry and it's NOT HELPING!!! Everything looks sooooo good!!! Great pictures too!


  17. Old school oven sounds perfect because this reminds me a lot of the bbq chicken my mother used to make in the oven. She got the sauce recipe from her Home Ec teacher.

  18. My husband and I loved this dish. We made it with just legs and thighs, because thats our favorite and what I had on-hand.!!

  19. Abby thanks so much! I appreciate you coming back to say that you enjoyed the recipe. That means the world to me! (I'm a leg gal myself!! :)

  20. I recently came across your blog and this is the second recipe I've tried of yours. I must say this chicken was GREAT! My Husband absolutely loved it even asked that I keep it on hand ;) lol

    needless to say, i'll be coming back for more recipes! Look forward to it! :)

    btw- The first dish I tried was your special occasion mac and cheese... YUM!

  21. I am going to use this method for Fathers' that I can give my husband the day off...Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

  22. Hi! I just came across this on Pinterest and it sounds lovely - could I ask please what is "Kitchen Bouquet"? I'm in Australia and haven't heard of it - would bouquet garni be a suitable replacement? Thanks heaps :)

    1. Hi! Just omit it. Kitchen Bouquet is a browning and seasoning sauce used to add richness to meats, gravies, and stews. The ingredients include caramel coloring, and a mixed vegetable stock, including carrots, onions, celery, parsnips, turnips, salt, and parsley. Like the liquid smoke product, it just adds a little extra flavor but it isn't necessary to the success of the dish, so just leave it out. Hope that helps!

  23. This is on my menu for tonight, but does using the chili sauce make it spicy? I cannot do spicy very well.

    1. Hi Michelle! Chili sauce isn't really spicy but you can just use ketchup.

  24. Does using chili sauce make it spicy? I will have to leave out the spicy.

  25. Mary, I saw your Old School Oven BBQ chicken on Pinterest, it's looks and sounds so delicious! Pinned and I plan on trying this next week! Love your recipes! Thanks for the yummy shares! So glad we "met" on FB! Have a great night!

    1. Hi Mary! Nice to see you!! I'm glad we met too & hope that you'll continue to share at the sharing site too. Not only do the recipes sound wonderful but your photography is so gorgeous! Hope that you enjoy the chicken - thanks so much for stopping by!

  26. This recipe looks really delicious! It made me think of a recipe that I used to make when I was really young. It was pork chops cooked with a homemade barbeque sauce. I believe it was from a Fannie Farmer cookbook that my mother had. I have done searches for this recipe and cookbook and came up empty handed. Anybody out there have a clue how I might find it?


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