Oven-Baked Barbecue Chicken

Oven-Baked Barbecue Chicken

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
Makes 4 wraps
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
  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C (fan 200°C/425°F/gas 7).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven for 40-50 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Give the remaining pan sauces a stir and drizzle over the chicken.
Serving Suggestion

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.

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  1. says

    Aha .. that makes two of us .. I don’t have a BBQ either – am saving for the perfect one! This chicken is great consolation though … and I have all the ingredients! Neat!!

  2. says

    Is there a way we can make baked chicken if we neither have a barbecue nor an oven. As I am one of those but i love barbecued or roasted chicken. In know you must be surprised. But i will be glad, if you could suggest something.

  3. says

    Muneeba: Great minds own alike. :-) Please let me know how you get on.

    loneacorn: What a tricky question! What I would have done is: Brown the chicken pieces in a bit of oil in a flame-proof casserole dish. Then add the sauce and let the whole lot simmer slowly at a low temperature – at least an hour, stirring to make sure the meat is covered with the yummy sauce. Alternative, you chicken breasts and stir fry with the sauce. The sauce is the star of the dish!

    Deborah: You can still prepare this on the barbecue. Just keep basting with the sauce.

  4. browniegirl says

    YUMYUM!!! What a fab meal, I mightve said consolation meal but it looks soooo good I thought better of it hehe….I had such a good laugh while reading this. Well done xxx

  5. says

    I don’t have one either because we only have a tiny yard. This chicken looks yummy though and will definitly be trying the recipe. 😀

  6. says

    Your chicken is baked to perfection. Although I have one, it’s on a small balcony and I rarely use it as the whole apartments smells after barbecuing :)

  7. Pragya says

    It was absolutely perfect, thanks a bunch for the recipe and Lonecorn thanks for the browning idea. I did not use the oven just tried your method and it was fantastic! Michelle please do an easy chicken roast too!

  8. says

    I have a barbecue but it hardly ever gets used, every time I plan to it rains! Maybe next time I’ll have this chicken on standby, it looks fantastic!

  9. says

    You know that most South Africans braai in a half drum and I am not willing to have that in my garden. We have an indoor braai and we have a Weber. I like the indoor braai, because we can braai in winter, but the Weber does not do it for me!!! I’ll save up with you!!!

  10. nurun says

    i have both oven and out door grill but i prefer to use the oven because of the hardship in cleaning the mess post bbq.i will surely try your recipe it looks yummy.Thanks for sharing..

  11. Brandi S. says

    This was amazing! Thank you so much for posting this recipe! It had a wonderful smoky flavor even though it was cooed in the oven. I used chicken breasts instead but it was still perfect!

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