Easy Whole Baked BBQ Chicken Recipe

Want to know why making this whole baked BBQ Chicken recipe has become a repeat meal in our fam? So, the other day, I was chatting with my husband about what to make for dinner. You know, it’s been pretty cold outside lately, and we were both missing those summer BBQ flavors. But honestly, neither of us felt like braving the cold to grill outside. That’s when it hit me – why not bring those BBQ vibes indoors with a whole baked bbq chicken roast?

I’ve got this recipe for a BBQ whole baked chicken that’s seriously a game-changer. It’s perfect for those days when you’re longing for a taste of summer but don’t want to mess with the grill. Plus, it’s super easy and the cleanup is a breeze.

Ready for the recipe? Get it below!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • No Grill Needed: Get that delicious BBQ flavor without having to step outside and fire up the grill.
  • Comforting: Perfect for those chilly days when you’re craving a taste of summer.
  • Easy Cleanup: Baking means less mess and easier cleanup compared to gr

Whole Baked BBQ Chicken Recipe Ingredients

  • 6 – 6.5 lb whole chicken
  • 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • ¾ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp pepper
  • ½ tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tbsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • String for trussing (optional, but I like to use it)

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F.
  2. Get rid of any giblets from the chicken and pat it dry with a paper towel. Trust me, taking your time here makes the skin extra crispy.
  3. Mix all the spices and the room temperature butter in a small bowl.
  4. Lift the skin above the breast and insert about half the butter mixture. Spread it around under the skin as much as you can.
  5. Melt the remaining butter in the microwave and baste the entire chicken with it.
  6. Tie the legs together with baking string and tuck the wings under the bird to prevent them from burning. This also helps the chicken cook evenly.
  7. Place the chicken on a wire rack in your baking dish.
  8. In a small saucepan, mix the BBQ sauce and chicken broth. Bring it to a low boil and cook for 2-3 minutes, then set it aside.
  9. Bake the chicken at 425°F for 20 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350°F. Take the chicken out, and baste it with half of the BBQ sauce, and put it back in the oven. Cook for another 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the bird reads 165°F. Baste the chicken a second time about 20 minutes before it’s fully cooked.
  10. Once it’s done, let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving it up.

Perfect Sides to Pair

I love serving this chicken with a side of sweet potato mash. The sweetness of the potatoes just pairs beautifully with the tangy BBQ sauce.

And I always throw together a crisp green salad to balance out the richness of the chicken. It’s such a simple yet satisfying meal that my family absolutely adores.

If you’re looking for more options, classic mashed potatoes or roasted potatoes are also fantastic choices. They soak up the sauce wonderfully and make the meal even more comforting.

Sometimes, I even like to mix things up with a side of grilled vegetables or a fresh coleslaw for a bit of crunch. There are so many delicious possibilities to complement this dish!

Variations to Try

If you’re like my cousin who loves a bit of heat, you can add some cayenne pepper to the spice mix for a spicy kick. Or, if you’re in the mood for something a bit sweeter, try mixing some honey into the BBQ sauce for a honey glaze.

I’ve also experimented with adding a bit of orange or lemon zest to the spice mix for a citrus twist, and it adds such a refreshing flavor to the chicken.

Tips on Roasting Chicken

Q: How do I ensure my chicken is juicy and not dry?
A: The key is to not overcook it. Use a meat thermometer to check that the thickest part of the chicken reaches 165°F. Letting the chicken rest for about 10 minutes after baking also helps lock in the juices.

Q: Why do I need to pat the chicken dry before seasoning?
A: Patting the chicken dry helps the skin get nice and crispy when it bakes. If the skin is wet, it tends to steam instead of crisp up.

Q: Can I stuff the chicken before roasting?
A: Absolutely! Stuffing the chicken with herbs, garlic, or even lemon wedges can add a lot of flavor. Just make sure not to overstuff it, as this can affect the cooking time.

Q: How do I get a crispy skin?
A: Besides patting the chicken dry, make sure to rub some butter or oil over the skin. Roasting at a higher temperature for the first 20 minutes also helps achieve that perfect crispiness.

Q: Should I cover the chicken while it’s baking?
A: You can leave the chicken uncovered for the first part of baking to get crispy skin. If you notice the skin browning too much, you can cover it with aluminum foil for the remainder of the cooking time.

Wrapping It Up


So there you have it – a BBQ whole baked chicken recipe that brings the taste of summer right into your kitchen. I’ve got to say, this recipe has become a real favorite in our house. It’s such a comforting meal, especially on those chilly days when we’re craving something warm and hearty.

I love how easy it is to make, and the cleanup is a breeze, which is always a plus in my book. Plus, it’s so versatile with all the different side options.

I hope you give this recipe a try and love it as much as we do. Here’s to bringing a little bit of summer into our kitchens, no matter the season!

Whole Baked BBQ Chicken

Want to know why making this whole baked BBQ Chicken recipe has become a repeat meal in our fam? So, the other day, I was chatting with my husband about what to make for dinner. You know, it’s been pretty cold outside lately, and we were both missing those summer BBQ flavors. But honestly, neither of us felt like braving the cold to grill outside. That’s when it hit me – why not bring those BBQ vibes indoors with a whole baked bbq chicken roast?
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 6 – 6.5 lb whole chicken
  • 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • ¾ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp pepper
  • ½ tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tbsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
  • String for trussing optional, but I like to use it

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 425°F.
  • Get rid of any giblets from the chicken and pat it dry with a paper towel. Trust me, taking your time here makes the skin extra crispy.
  • Mix all the spices and the room temperature butter in a small bowl.
  • Lift the skin above the breast and insert about half the butter mixture. Spread it around under the skin as much as you can.
  • Melt the remaining butter in the microwave and baste the entire chicken with it.
  • Tie the legs together with baking string and tuck the wings under the bird to prevent them from burning. This also helps the chicken cook evenly.
  • Place the chicken on a wire rack in your baking dish.
  • In a small saucepan, mix the BBQ sauce and chicken broth. Bring it to a low boil and cook for 2-3 minutes, then set it aside.
  • Bake the chicken at 425°F for 20 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350°F. Take the chicken out, and baste it with half of the BBQ sauce, and put it back in the oven. Cook for another 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the bird reads 165°F. Baste the chicken a second time about 20 minutes before it’s fully cooked.
  • Once it’s done, let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving it up.

Notes

If you’re like my cousin who loves a bit of heat, you can add some cayenne pepper to the spice mix for a spicy kick. Or, if you’re in the mood for something a bit sweeter, try mixing some honey into the BBQ sauce for a honey glaze.
I’ve also experimented with adding a bit of orange or lemon zest to the spice mix for a citrus twist, and it adds such a refreshing flavor to the chicken.
Keyword bbq, roast chicken

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