These baked bbq chicken thighs are saucy, sweet, and savory. They use just 4 simple ingredients like my homemade bbq chicken rub and your favorite bbq sauce. Learn how to make the best bbq chicken thighs in the oven on busy nights with this easy dinner recipe.
Why Make These?
- Quick and Easy Recipe: This oven baked bbq chicken thighs recipe requires minimal prep and basic cooking skills and has a quick cook time. It also uses simple ingredients, most of which you probably have in your kitchen.
- Smoky and Tasty (without grilling): You’ll achieve the smoky barbecue flavors without turning on the grill.
- Works with your favorite sides: these bbq baked chicken thighs go with just about any bbq chicken side dish, making this the perfect weeknight meal or addition to meal prep.
- Chicken thighs: I’m using raw, boneless skinless chicken thighs with as much fat trimmed off as possible.
- BBQ chicken rub: this homemade brown sugar dry rub is a great addition to any bbq chicken recipe. It includes things like onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, Italian seasoning, chili powder and more.
- Olive oil or avocado oil
- BBQ Sauce: I prefer any hickory or Kansas City style bbq sauce, but your favorite barbecue sauce works. You can also make this with homemade bbq sauce – it’s easier to make than you think with common ingredients like ketchup, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce.
How To Make Baked BBQ Chicken Thighs
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Add the chicken to a large mixing bowl with the bbq chicken rub and oil. Mix until all of the chicken is coated.
- Add the chicken in a single layer to a broiler-safe baking dish (or rimmed baking sheet) and cook it in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
- Remove the baking dish from the oven and brush the meat with ½ cup bbq sauce (ensure you coat all sides of the chicken). Return the baking dish to the oven and cook for 10-15 more minutes.
- Remove the baking dish from the oven and brush the meat with ¼ cup more bbq sauce. Broil on high for 2-3 minutes to char the chicken thighs. Brush with the remaining sauce.
Recipe Tips & FAQs
- Unroll the chicken thighs to get the spices in when coating.
- Put the meat in a single layer and keep it flat on the baking dish to ensure it cooks evenly.
- If you want, let the chicken marinate (dry brine) for a few hours before cooking for extra barbecue flavor.
- End with a higher temperature: I broil these oven-baked chicken thighs with extra sauce to get the charred look and some of the flavors you’d expect when you grill barbecue chicken thighs.
- Adjust the cook time for bone-in or skin-on chicken thighs: the cooking process for these typically takes about 5-10 minutes longer. For skin-on chicken thighs, I prefer to make these bone-in air fryer bbq chicken thighs since that is the easiest way to crisp the skin.
- Use parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy cleanup – simply line your baking tray
Storage & Leftovers
You can store your leftover chicken in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
It takes 25-30 minutes to cook chicken thighs in the oven. I make my baked bbq chicken thighs at 425 degrees for 15 minutes per side, then broil the meat for 2-3 minutes.
It’s almost impossible to overcook chicken thighs in the oven, but you can dry them out by cooking them on high heat for too long.
More BBQ Chicken Thigh Recipes
Baked BBQ Chicken Thighs
- 9×13 Baking Dish
- 2 lbs chicken thighs raw, boneless and skinless, with as much fat trimmed off as possible
- ¼ cup bbq chicken rub
- 2 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
- 1 cup BBQ Sauce hickory or Kansas City style bbq sauce
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Add the chicken thighs to a large mixing bowl with the bbq chicken rub and oil. Mix until all of the chicken is coated. Be sure to unroll the chicken thighs to get spices in the middle.
- Add the chicken in a single layer to a broiler-safe baking dish. Be sure to keep the meat flat so that it cooks evenly.
- Cook the chicken in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
- Remove the baking dish from the oven. Brush the meat with ½ cup bbq sauce. Be sure to coat all sides of the chicken.
- Return the baking dish to the oven and cook for 15 more minutes.
- Remove the baking dish from the oven. Brush the meat with ¼ cup more bbq sauce.
- Broil on high for 2-3 minutes to char the chicken thighs and brown some of the bbq sauce.
- Brush with remaining sauce and top with fresh chopped parsley before serving.