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Deliciously Easy Baked BBQ Chicken Thighs

Picture this: succulent chicken thighs, perfectly seasoned with a blend of spices, and smothered in a luscious barbecue sauce. As the dish bakes in the oven, the flavors meld together, creating a harmony that’s hard to resist. The crispy skin and tender meat make it a winner, and the simplicity of the recipe ensures that it’s accessible to all. Why settle for ordinary when you can elevate your dinner with this extraordinary dish?

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Optional: Fresh chopped parsley for garnish

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Prepare the Chicken:
    • Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels.
    • Season both sides of each thigh with salt and pepper.
  3. Create the Spice Rub:
    • In a small bowl, mix together garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper to create a spice rub.
  4. Season the Chicken:
    • Sprinkle the spice rub evenly over both sides of the chicken thighs, rubbing it in to ensure even coating.
  5. Place Wire Rack on Baking Sheet:
    • Set a wire rack inside a baking sheet to allow air circulation around the chicken during baking.
  6. Sear the Chicken (Optional):
    • Heat olive oil in an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat.
    • Sear the chicken thighs, skin-side down, for 3-4 minutes until the skin is golden brown. This step is optional but adds extra flavor.
  7. Apply BBQ Sauce:
    • Brush a generous amount of barbecue sauce over each chicken thigh, coating them evenly.
  8. Transfer to Wire Rack:
    • If you used a skillet for searing, transfer the chicken thighs to the wire rack on the baking sheet.
  9. Bake in the Oven:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  10. Baste During Cooking:
    • Optionally, baste the chicken with more barbecue sauce halfway through the cooking time.
  11. Check for Doneness:
    • Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken has reached a safe internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  12. Garnish and Serve:
    • Once cooked, remove the chicken from the oven.
    • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, if desired.
  13. Rest Before Serving:
    • Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.
  14. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Serve the BBQ chicken thighs with your favorite sides and enjoy your delicious oven-baked barbecue chicken!

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • For an extra kick, marinate the chicken thighs in barbecue sauce for a few hours before cooking.
  • Experiment with different barbecue sauce flavors to find your favorite combination.
  • To ensure crispy skin, pat the chicken thighs dry before applying the spice rub.

Variations:

  1. Add a hint of citrus by incorporating orange or lemon zest into the spice rub.
  2. Infuse a smoky flavor by adding a teaspoon of smoked paprika to the spice mix.
  3. Try a sweet and spicy twist by mixing honey into the barbecue sauce.
  4. For a Mediterranean touch, season with oregano, thyme, and a squeeze of lemon.
  5. Kick up the heat with extra cayenne pepper or a dash of hot sauce in the barbecue sauce.
  6. Explore different spice blends like cumin, coriander, and chili powder for an exotic flair.
  7. Include Dijon mustard in the barbecue sauce for a tangy kick.
  8. Create a tropical vibe with pineapple juice in the sauce and a sprinkle of coconut flakes.
  9. Experiment with fresh herbs like rosemary or cilantro for a burst of freshness.
  10. Go bold with a whiskey-infused barbecue sauce for a robust flavor.

What to Serve With Baked BBQ Chicken Thighs:

  1. Creamy Mashed Potatoes
  2. Tangy Coleslaw
  3. Grilled Corn on the Cob
  4. Roasted Vegetables
  5. Fluffy Basmati Rice
  6. Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes
  7. Quinoa Salad with Avocado
  8. Fresh Garden Salad
  9. Baked Macaroni and Cheese
  10. Crusty Garlic Bread

Storage Tips:

Store leftover Baked BBQ Chicken Thighs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for 15-20 minutes until warmed through.

How Much to Make for Family Gatherings?

For family gatherings, plan on at least 2 chicken thighs per person, adjusting based on the size of the thighs and the number of side dishes. If you’re expecting a larger crowd, consider doubling or tripling the recipe to ensure everyone gets a generous serving.

How Far in Advance Can I Make Baked BBQ Chicken Thighs?

You can prepare the spice rub and marinate the chicken in advance, up to 24 hours before cooking. However, for the best results, it’s recommended to apply the barbecue sauce and bake the chicken on the day you plan to serve it. This ensures the optimal freshness and flavor of the dish.

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BBQ Chicken Thighs

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Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

  2. Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels. Season both sides of each thigh with salt and pepper.

  3. In a small bowl, mix together garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper to create a spice rub.

  4. Sprinkle the spice rub evenly over both sides of the chicken thighs, rubbing it in to ensure even coating.

  5. Set a wire rack inside a baking sheet to allow air circulation around the chicken during baking. Heat olive oil in an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the chicken thighs, skin-side down, for 3-4 minutes until the skin is golden brown. This step is optional but adds extra flavor.

  6. Brush a generous amount of barbecue sauce over each chicken thigh, coating them evenly.

  7. If you used a skillet for searing, transfer the chicken thighs to the wire rack on the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).

  8. Optionally, baste the chicken with more barbecue sauce halfway through the cooking time.

  9. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken has reached a safe internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

  10. Once cooked, remove the chicken from the oven. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, if desired.

  11. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.

  12. Serve the BBQ chicken thighs with your favorite sides and enjoy your delicious oven-baked barbecue chicken!

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