5-Ingredient, One-Dish, Honey BBQ Baked Chicken
Baked chicken for a weeknight with a delicious, sticky honey BBQ sauce. One dish dirtied and 5 ingredients (including chicken!) required.
Sticky, tangy BBQ baked chicken is such total comfort food. I streamlined a recipe for you down to one that dirties only one dish and requires only 5 ingredients (including chicken!).
How to make it super-fast!
The first thing I do when making a quick-and-easy weeknight dinner is take the main ingredients out of the fridge ASAP. Room-temperature ingredients cook faster (and more evenly) than cold ingredients, it’s simple.
Before you even tie on your apron, pull your chicken out to room temperature. It sheds some of its chill while you mix your sauce ingredients.
A quick & easy homemade BBQ sauce.
To make the sauce, we just measure all of the ingredients directly onto the parchment-lined baking sheet we’ll be baking the chicken on. Ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce and garlic.
It’ll look like a hot mess. That’s A-ok.
I didn’t even dirty an extra spoon to stir it up, I just used the measuring cup. Totally winning at weeknight dinner over here.
Also winning at photography. Is this not the most appetizing image you’ve ever seen? You’re welcome.
Aiming for baked chicken, not scorched chicken.
Because the sauce has sugar, it’ll darken quickly and burn if you aren’t careful. I watch the chicken and cover it with foil after it’s gotten some colour, about 20 minutes, then remove the foil for the last 5 minutes or so to get some yummy char.
Make a spin on it!
This is a versatile sauce that I riff on frequently.
To make a Chinese-style BBQ sauce, add 1/2 tsp chinese 5-spice powder, a tablespoon of hoisin sauce and a tablespoon of shaoxing wine or sherry if you have it.
For a Mexican-ish baked chicken, add 1/2 tsp chipotle powder (or more, to taste, just taste before you add the chicken obvs. and increase by small amounts – it’s hot stuff!).
OR take it for a South Indian adventure with a Chicken 65 style BBQ sauce. Fry a tsp of mustard seeds, a handful of curry leaves, and 1/4 tsp of ground cayenne until toasty smelling and stir them into the sauce.
- 3 1/4 lbs bone-in chicken pieces
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup honey or brown sugar
- 6 large cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- Remove chicken from fridge and let stand at room temperature while you mix the sauce. Preheat oven to 425ºF.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Measure all remaining ingredients directly onto baking sheet and stir to combine. Add chicken and turn to coat evenly, rubbing some sauce under the skin.
- Bake in centre of oven for about 45 minutes, covering with foil about halfway through, until centre reaches 165ºF.