Easy Barbecue Chicken Recipe
A sweet and spicy barbecue sauce with a lime twist which differentiates it from any other BBQ sauces you have tried; lime juice adds a bit of tanginess to the sauce and helps it to brighten up the dish; increase the quantity of lime if you like to have more tangy BBQ sauce;
- Servings: 4
- Preparation time: 5 minutes
- Cooking time: 1 hour
- 1 (2 ½ – 3 pounds) whole chicken (cut into pieces)
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt to taste
- 1 tablespoon lime juice (freshly squeezed is preferred)
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Cooking spray
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F; coat a heavy duty foil lined rimmed baking sheet with non stick cooking spray. Set aside.
Rinse the chicken under running water; pat with paper towels until dry; sprinkle a generous amount of salt and pepper all over the pieces.
Arrange seasoned chicken skin side down on the prepared baking sheet; bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes turning pieces once during the process.
Make sauce in the mean time by mixing 1 cup barbecue sauce, ¼ cup ketchup, 2 tablespoons honey, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon lime juice, ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes in a bowl; whisk until all the ingredients combines into sauce.
Discard the fat/liquids from the baking tray after 30 minutes; pour BBQ sauce over chicken; make sure to coat all pieces; return the tray back to oven and bake for another 25 minutes until chicken cooks through; check the doneness of the chicken by cutting the thickest part with a fork tip or by registering the internal temperature with a thermometer. Ideal temp should be 165 degrees.
Change oven to broiler; baste the chicken with the sauce from the tray; put it in the broiler and broil for 5 minutes; take the tray out once done; transfer to serving platters; garnish with thinly sliced lime wedges if you like; serve hot.
Notes & Tips:
- Baking time depends on the thickness of the chicken pieces.
- Use a teaspoon of liquid smoke to get the smoky flavor of the grill.
- For a variation use turkey or pork for this recipe.
- Leftover chicken can be used in sandwiches.
- To avoid the scrubbing must use a foil in the baking sheet.