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BBQ Baked Chicken Thighs are rubbed with a simple seasoning, then basted in your favorite barbecue sauce. The result is the best, most crispy, juicy, and flavorful baked barbecue chicken ever!

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BBQ Baked Chicken Thighs

I used to only eat chicken breasts. But it’s really hard to get a juicy chicken breast in the oven, and forget about crispy. You can’t have it both ways. Unless of course, we’re taking chicken thighs into consideration because then you definitely can produce crispy, juicy, and tender chicken in just a few steps!

To make these chicken thighs in the oven, I use a simple rub that I use for all kinds of chicken recipes, like my Baked Chicken Breasts and Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs. I use my favorite barbecue sauce that I always have on hand, Sweet Baby Ray’s. I really love their Hickory and Brown Sugar flavor. You can really use any that you like, or use a homemade sauce if you’ve got one you love.

How To Bake BBQ Chicken Thighs in the Oven

This BBQ chicken recipe is super simple, easy to customize with your favorite sauce, and needs just a few minutes of prep.

  1. To start, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. This is the best way to ensure even cooking.
  2. Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels. You do not need to rinse your chicken. In fact, that can actually spread harmful bacteria rather than eliminate it.
  3. Mix up the seasoning rub, which is just salt and pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Rub the seasoning all over the chicken, even under the skin. Arrange chicken thighs skin side up on a baking sheet lined with nonstick foil.
  4. Brush chicken thighs with a thin layer of the barbecue sauce on both sides, ending skin side up. Bake the chicken in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, then baste with more sauce. Bake for another 15 minutes or until chicken is 165 degrees F on a meat thermometer. Download my Meat Temperature Chart for free!
  5. If the skin isn’t as crispy as you want it to be, move the oven rack up and flip on your broiler. Keep a close on it, the BBQ sauce caramelizes quickly and can burn fast. Just a couple of minutes should do the trick.
chicken thighs on a baking sheet as someone brushed one with barbecue sauce


Do I Need to Flip the Chicken While Baking?

No this isn’t necessary for BBQ Baked Chicken Thighs. Keeping the skin side up the whole time allows the skin to get crispy as it bakes.

What Cut of Chicken is Best For BBQ Baked Chicken?

If you want exceptionally juicy baked BBQ chicken, bone-in thighs are the way to go. Dark meat is more flavorful by default and having the skin and bone not only add extra flavor, but keep it moist and juicy. Boneless thighs will be tender, but not quite as juicy.

Of course wings are great too, but I have a different recipe for those. Try my BBQ Chicken Wings.

What To Serve with BBQ Baked Chicken Thighs

Most times I’ll throw together a copycat Olive Garden Salad and some Best Ever Cheesy Garlic Bread to just keep it simple. We also love to serve them with Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes or my Grandma’s Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes. Of course, some delicious 5-Minute Parmesan Ranch Broccoli is the perfect match and even simpler than a salad!

What To Do with Leftovers

If you happen to have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. They can also be placed in a freezer bag and frozen for up to 6 months.

Leftover chicken is always great shredded and added to salads, sandwiches, and wraps.

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BBQ Baked Chicken Thighs

4.72 from 71 votes
BBQ Baked Chicken Thighs are rubbed with a simple seasoning, then basted in your favorite barbecue sauce for the best baked barbecue chicken ever!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings


  • 8 chicken thighs about 3 pounds, skin-on, bone-in
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bottle of your favorite bbq sauce or 2 cups homemade


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Line a large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick foil or parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, combine paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder and black pepper.
  • Pat chicken dry with paper towels and rub in the seasoning blend, then arrange chicken skin side up on the prepared baking sheet. Pour about ¾ of a cup of bbq sauce into a small bowl and brush the chicken lightly with the sauce on both sides, finishing with the chicken skin side up. Set the remaining bbq sauce aside to use later (do not leave the brush in the sauce).
  • Bake in the 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. Remove chicken from the oven and, using a clean brush, baste with the reserved sauce. Bake for 20 minutes more. Chicken should register 165 degrees F on a meat thermometer.
  • Switch to the broiler and broil for 2-3 minutes or until the sauce caramelizes.
  • Remove from the oven and let the chicken rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.


Calories: 336kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 25gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 148mgSodium: 894mgPotassium: 333mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 446IUCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. I only made 3 thighs, . The skin/bbq sauce had already caramelized some, so I did do the broil part. it was so tender, juicy, and delicious! Thanks for this amazing recipe!

  2. Thank you. The best baked chicken ever and I’m not a big fan of chicken. Would have this anytime. My husband raved about It. I changed it somewhat but, wow you shared a great one. Thanks again

  3. It taste good, delicious and juicy….I just marinate the chicken for 1 hour with calamansi. Thank you for the recipe.

  4. I only made 4 thighs, so I reduced the baking time by about 10 minutes. The skin/bbq sauce had already caramelized some, so I didn’t do the broil part. However, I did the seasonings exactly like the recipe, and it was so tender, juicy, and delicious! A keeper! Thanks for this amazing recipe! My husband and I loved it! We had mashed potatoes and salad for side dishes. Oh, and we did NOT wash our chicken. Just patted it dry, as you mentioned. It worked well.

  5. I rinse my chicken not for bacteria but because I don’t know what goes on behind the scene in the grocery store. Are they following good hygiene? No one knows for sure. I have eaten a lot of chicken and never gotten sick. I’m very careful with how I wash it.

    1. Not sure why the 3 stars if you just don’t like the FDA, CDC and USDA’s strict recommendation on NOT washing chicken. You may not have gotten sick, and nothing says that you will. But people have and someone you’re cooking for could get sick. It’s a dangerous practice.

  6. Can you bake these the day before… and then re-heat? I cook for my 93 year old parents and I rather make the mess at my house.. still what them to be juicy…

    1. Hi Gale, Yes you can reheat them. I’d recommend skipping the broiling step the first time around. Reheat them in the oven on a rimmed baking sheet tented with foil until they reach about 160℉ and then brush with a little sauce and broil for a few minutes. Hope you enjoy them!

  7. great recipe but more than anything just wanted to say thank you for telling me about not needing to wash chicken (weird I know but seriously you’re a life saver)

  8. I was looking for a fairly simply recipe for bbq chicken and came across this recipe. It was absolutely delicious! I saved it and it will be used often!

  9. The chicken was so tender and good but when I switched it to broil it kinda burn the skin but it still was really good! My oven is old so I should adjust the times next time probably operator error on my part lol

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