Plump chicken breasts and legs are marinated before being broiled, then baked in the oven, resulting in chicken that’s moist, tender and flavorful. You know, recently I’ve been thinking how my mom used to broil chicken – and how delicious it was. And I’ve also been thinking how no one seems to use their broiler for cooking anymore…. So, drag out that broiler pan and cook yourself up some of this oven-barbecued chicken. It’s yummy!
You’ll need a broiler pan, sprayed with non-stick spray (or spread on some vegetable oil). (This will keep help keep the chicken skin from sticking.)
++ Don’t have a broiler pan – use a large baking pan and put a cooling rack in it.
++ Don’t have either a broiler pan or a roasting pan – that’s OK. Use a 13″ x 9″ pan. The Oven-Barbecued Chicken will be delicious which ever type pan you use.
- 6 pieces of chicken – breasts or thighs – or a combination of both. (Not boneless.)
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 1 cup Italian salad dressing – (I like Wish Bone Robusto Italian)
- 1 cup barbecue sauce – (I like Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory and Brown Sugar)
FIRST STEP – – Marinate Chicken
In a small frying pan, cook 1/2 cup chopped onions for a few minutes. (They don’t need to be fully cooked.) In a bowl large enough to fit six pieces of chicken, put the cooked onions, Italian salad dressing and barbecue sauce – mix everything together. Add the six pieces of chicken and turn to coat.
Cover the bowl and refrigerate for several hours – or overnight – turning the chicken at least once.
About an hour before you plan to eat, remove chicken from the barbecue sauce mixture. DON’T THROW OUT THE SAUCE!!
SECOND STEP – – Broiler on LOW Pan placed on highest rack in oven.
Place the chicken, skin side down, on greased broiler pan. Baste chicken with some of the barbecue sauce mixture. Place broiling pan 5 – 6 inches below the broiling element and broil for 10 – 15 minutes. (If chicken starts to burn, broil for only 10 minutes or so.)
Turn chicken over and baste with more barbecue sauce. Broil that side for 10 – 15 minutes. (Again, if skin starts to burn, broil for only 10 minutes or so.)
THIRD STEP – – Oven at 350 F
Turn off broiler. Remove chicken and broiler pan from oven. Place oven rack in the center of the oven and set temperature at 350 F.
++ Place broiler pan – with the broiled chicken – in the oven. Bake chicken for about 25 minutes – or (using a meat thermometer) cook until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 170 F.
++ If you happen to have a broiler pan, I recommend using it ’cause the chicken will be less crowded and will cook faster. Enjoy!!