Chicken With Barbeque Sauce Recipe


The following Chicken With Barbeque Sauce Recipe is truly finger licking good! It’s amazingly zesty, tangy and sweet. I adore the smell of the fresh barbequing sauce with this delicious creamy chicken. The barbequing sauce will leave the kitchen smelling heavenly. It’s so moist you’ll be licking your fingers too!!!

Chicken in barbecue sauce

Cooking Time:60 mins

Serves:4 Adults


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About this recipe

This recipe was adapted from 101+ Square Meals

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 6 dessertspoons of tomato sauce
  • 1 dessertspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of chilli powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

What you will need

  • Casserole dish
  • Chopping board
  • Chopping knife
  • Mixing bowl

Serving suggestions

Serve with a baked potato and crispy side salad each

Barbecued chicken with tangy BBQ sauce

Add a little tang to your barbecued meal with this yummy homemade BBQ sauce. Made with paprika, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar, and smothered over tender and crispy barbecued chicken, this sauce is unforgettable and will have you coming back for more.  



1H 15 Mins


Tangy BBQ Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper, to season
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) lager or water
  • 1 cup (250 ml) ketchup
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses

Barbecued Chicken

  • 1.5-1.75kg (3.3-3.8lbs) whole chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil


Tangy BBQ Sauce 

  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper and cook until soft,  five minutes. 
  2. Add garlic, chilli powder and smoked paprika. Cook for one minute. 
  3. Add the beer or water. Stir in the ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and molasses. Bring to a low boil and reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Barbecued Chicken 

  1. Preheat your grill to medium heat. Spatchcock or flatten the chicken by removing the backbone. To remove the backbone, flip the chicken over so that it sits breast side down and use a pair of kitchen shears to carefully cut along either side of the backbone. Flip the chicken over and press down to flatten.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the chilli powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and kosher salt. Rub the oil over both sides of the chicken and sprinkle the spice mix evenly over the skin and meat.
  3. Place the chicken bone side down onto the grill, close the lid and cook for 30 minutes.
  4. Transfer about half of the BBQ sauce into a small bowl and begin basting the top of the chicken every five minutes or so, and continue to cook until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh reaches 165°F (75°C), about 15 to 20 minutes
  5. Remove the chicken from the grill, cover it loosely with a piece of aluminum foil and allow it to rest for 10 minute before serving with the reserved BBQ sauce. Serve and enjoy! 

Simple BBQ Chicken Sauce

Simple BBQ Chicken Sauce

Prep:3 mins

Cook:8 mins

Cool Time:45 mins

Total:56 mins

Servings:6 to 8 servings

Yield:2 cups

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)SAVE RECIPE

This easy BBQ sauce imparts moisture and flavor to grilled chicken, and it can be used on beef, pork, and even tofu or tempeh. With the perfect combination of tang and sweetness, the sauce isn’t overpowering and won’t drown the charred and smoky profile of your grilled meats. Made with simple ingredients, our recipe doesn’t have high levels of sugar or sodium like store-bought sauces do. Experiment with the seasoning to find your favorite balance, more cayenne and chili powder for a spicier version, or more sugar and paprika for a sweeter and stickier sauce.

Make the sauce on the day of your cookout in less than 15 minutes, or save some time and prepare ahead; the sauce will keep in the fridge for up to a week.

Our recipe uses simple seasonings and spices. If you want to go one step beyond, make the ketchup at home to ensure that all ingredients are natural and no additives or preservatives are in it. By doing so, you can also be sure the BBQ sauce free of soy and gluten, as most regular kinds of ketchup do contain wheat or soy.

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“The best part about making your own BBQ sauce is it allows you to modify it as you like. If you want a little more kick, add some additional cayenne pepper. If you’re watching sugar, reduce the sweetness if needed. Add it onto chicken and meat before they finish cooking for a fresh bite


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder

Steps to Make It


  1. Gather the ingredients.Ingredients for making BBQ sauce
  2. Heat up a medium saucepan on medium-low. Add all of the ingredients, but just 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne powder. Allow the mixture to simmer for 5 to 8 minutes.Ingredients placed in a medium saucepan
  3. Taste for flavor and add the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne if you’d like a spicier sauce.sauce cooking in a saucepan
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely before using.sauce cooking in a saucepan
  5. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to a week.Simple BBQ Chicken Sauce in a jar

When Do I Apply the BBQ Sauce?

The right time to brush the chicken with the barbecue sauce is about 10 minutes before the chicken is ready. By doing so, the sauce has enough heat and time to caramelize but not scorch. Many cooks baste their chicken or meat too early, causing the sauce to burn. Because BBQ sauces have sugar, if you add them too early they will burn and impart a nasty flavor to your meats. Other cooks add the sauce after the food is off of the grill so it doesn’t have enough time to penetrate the meat and flavor throughout. The right time is when the chicken is almost done but not quite ready to come off the grill.

How to Use BBQ Sauce

This sauce can be used in a variety of ways, not just to brush chicken or other meats. Here are some ideas:

  • Use it as a dipping sauce for french fries, potato wedges, mozzarella sticks, or zucchini fries.
  • Mix it with 1/2 cup of mayo and use it as a spread for sandwiches or burgers, or to drizzle on mini hot dogs.
  • Use the sauce on pulled pork recipes or leftover shredded chicken to make juicy sandwiches or tacos.
  • Add some sauce to a cold pasta or potato salad.
  • Add some BBQ sauce to the cooking liquid of your favorite meatball recipe.

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