Oven-Baked Barbecue Chicken

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 375
  • Sugar: 15.5 g
  • Sodium: 539 mg
  • Fat: 19.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.2 g
  • Protein: 30.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 105 mg