Confession time. We don’t own a barbecue. I can hear the gasps and howls of South Africans from far and wide. What kind of South African can I possibly be? Not a very good one, it seems. How can I possibly survive without one? Well, I’m still here to tell the story, plus my point is this…
I would really like to have a barbecue, but … I like really expensive things. I am not willing to settle with one that can barely hold a fire. My dream barbecue should be able to barbecue, smoke, paint my toes, mow the lawn and look so darn sexy that the garden gnome is permanently dry-humping it… and that’s just to name a few! So yes, I’m waiting and saving.
So when neighbours’ barbecue smells drift through the air, I console myself with this gorgeous baked chicken and have naughty daydreams about my future gadget.
Oven-Baked Barbecue Chicken
Preparation: 5 mins – Cooking: 40-50 mins
- 4 chicken legs, skinned if you prefer
- 120ml (8 tbsp) tomato ketchup
- 30ml (2 tbsp) brown sugar
- 15ml (1 tbsp) mild mustard
- 30ml (2 tbsp) Worcestershire sauce
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 15ml (1 tbsp) vegetable oil
- Preheat the oven to 220°C (fan 200°C/425°F/gas 7).
- Make 2-3 deep cuts in each piece of chicken using a sharp knife. This allows the sauce to penetrate and flavour the chicken well.
- In a large bowl, mix the ketchup, sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and oil. Add the chicken and stir until well coated with the sauce.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 40-50 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
- Give the remaining pan sauces a stir and drizzle over the chicken.
Baked potatoes, boiled new potatoes or chips/fries with a crispy green salad.
- You can bake the chicken for a longer time; say 180°C (fan 160°C/350°F/gas 4). Just check that it’s cooked!
- The better quality ketchup you use, the greater the taste.
- If you like lots of sauce to dip your chips in, double up on the ingredients.
- After scrubbing the roasting tin for what felt like eternity I started using a silicone one and it works a treat.
- If you own a barbecue, you can grill the chicken on it and baste it with the sauce above.