BBQ Chicken Recipe

Easy, delicious BBQ Chicken baked in the oven.

BBQ Chicken Recipe makes a savory, slow cooker chicken dinner. 

It is made easy with homemade BBQ sauce using only four ingredients.

You can also bake it in the oven.

My sister-in-law shared this recipe with me in the late 1950s.

Her original recipe contained only Heinz 57 steak sauce and ketchup.

I added the vinegar and the chopped onions for an enhanced taste.

A few years ago I deleted the onions from the sauce and added the Liquid Hickory Smoke flavoring to create an outdoor grilled flavor.

I included the onions here as an option for you.

Slow Cooker Or Oven
BBQ Chicken Recipe

  • 2 to 2 1/2 lbs. chicken*

  • 1/2 cup Heinz 57 steak sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • 4 teaspoons Liquid Hickory Smoke flavoring or Liquid Mesquite Smoke flavoring

  • 1/2 chopped or sliced onion, (optional)

Mix together all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl, except for the chicken and set them aside.

Wash the chicken until the water is clear and place the chicken parts in the bottom of a slow cooker.

Spoon the sauce over the chicken and coat it well.

Turn the chicken pieces over to coat the other sides.

Place a lid on the cooker and turn the heat to high.

Cook for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until they test done.

When done they will be tender when you probe with a fork and they will start to turn loose from the bone.

Carefully remove the cover and turn the chicken pieces over and cook them for about 10 minutes longer, uncovered so the sauce will thicken slightly.

Remove to a serving dish.

Top with the leftover sauce or serve it as a side dish.

Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs if desired.

To oven bake, spoon the BBQ sauce over the  chicken, cover it with aluminum foil and cook about 30 minutes.

Remove foil, turn chicken pieces over and bake another 30 minutes uncovered, until chicken is tender and sauce has thickened.

Place on serving dish and spoon over more sauce, if desired.

In the above recipe you will see that I used the convenient glass lid of my slow cooker to serve this BBQ Chicken in without messing up another dish.

If your slow cooker or crock pot has a removable ceramic bowl you can use that to serve your BBQ chicken in also.

BBQ Chicken Recipe Tips

A few popular Southern side dishes that compliment this Barbecue Chicken Recipe are Barbequed or Baked Beans, Pork And Beans SaladGreen Bean Casserole, Mashed Potatoes,
Old Fashioned Potato Salad, Corn On The Cob or Cole Slaw.

*Cut up a whole chicken or use your favorite pieces such as the wings, thighs, or drumsticks.

A frying size chicken is best used for this BBQ Chicken Recipe.

A broiler chicken is a young chicken that weighs about 1 1/2-2lbs.

A fryer chicken weighs up to 3 lbs. and a roaster, which is a mature hen or rooster, weight over 3 lbs.

A fryer chicken has more meat than a broiler and has less fat than a mature chicken.

It is more tender, contains some fat, therefore producing more chicken flavor, and it cooks up faster than a hen, which is an excellent choice for Chicken And Dumplings.

Chicken is an excellent alternative to red meat.

It is a complete protein source and contains calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3, and some other trace minerals and vitamins.

The bonus is that it is very tasty and almost everyone likes it!

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