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Delicious Oven Barbecued Chicken

A friend made this saucy chicken for us when we had our first child. I pared down the recipe to make it lower in fat and calories. Now it's a family favorite, and even the kids ask for this baked bbq chicken breast. —Marge Wagner, Roselle, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 6 bone-in chicken breast halves (8 ounces each)
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a nonstick skillet coated lightly with oil, brown chicken over medium heat. Transfer to a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • Recoat skillet with oil. Add onion; cook and stir over medium heat until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes. Pour over chicken.
  • Bake, uncovered, until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 170°, 35-45 minutes.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Worcestershire sauce was originally considered a mistake. In 1835, an English lord commissioned two chemists to duplicate a sauce he had tried in India. The pungent batch was disappointing and wound up in their cellar. When the pair stumbled upon the aged concoction 2 years later, they were pleasantly surprised by its unique taste.
  • Dark brown sugar contains more molasses than light or golden brown sugar. The types are generally interchangeable in recipes. But if you prefer a bolder flavor, choose dark brown sugar.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 324 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 602mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 39g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 starch.

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    • homemadewithlove
      Nov 6, 2018

      This has been a favorite TOH recipe since it was first published. My go to for oven bbq chicken. I cut back on the vinegar taste for my family but the sauce is excellent.

    • tchr90
      Sep 3, 2017

      Made this for dinner and it was determined to be a keeper for the recipe box! I will definitely make this again!

    • fhquilting
      Aug 22, 2017

      This is so good! I used 8 chix thighs and doubled the sauce, using one whole chopped onion...which made too much sauce. Next time, I will make 1-1/2 the sauce recipe and use a small onion. (you just can't use too much onion!) I added some hot sauce and liquid smoke. It baked to 170 degrees in 35 min. After baking, I thickened the sauce somewhat with cornstarch to a gravy like consistency. Was wonderful with rice and fresh corn. fhquilting

    • bonniej
      Aug 17, 2017

      Sauce was excellent. Made double amount of sauce and cooked all on top of stove in a dutch oven for 25 min.

    • shensi
      Aug 16, 2017

      Didn't care for this at all!

    • momcooksgoodfood
      Apr 13, 2017

      No comment left

    • Saudbox
      Feb 28, 2017

      Such a delicious and excellent recipe. I love the sauce I have also used it on other meats and fish, it's become one of my favorites. I also used chicken thighs in place of breasts. Thx Marge it's a keeper!

    • gunslinger
      Sep 3, 2016

      Very easy , economical and tasty! The sauce is a very good blend of sweet and tangy!

    • maryannet
      Sep 1, 2016

      I cut the recipe down to one chicken breast. Easy to make this baked chicken.

    • MarineMom_texas
      Aug 31, 2016

      We had this perfectly named chicken tonight as it was very delicious. The sauce makes this chicken. It was just tangy enough yet not too sweet. A perfect blend of flavors.I halved the recipe for the two of us but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. This is definitely a five-star recipe and I’d give it a few more stars if I could. I highly recommend this recipe as a Volunteer Field Editor.