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Tangy Oven Barbecue Chicken

Chicken bakes in a easy made from scratch BBQ sauce until fork tender. This Tangy Oven Barbecue Chicken is a rustic, satisfying meal anytime of year.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 405kcal


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 14 ounce can jellied cranberry sauce
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 6 to 8 meaty chicken pieces skinned
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Melt butter in a medium heavy bottomed saucepan over LOW heat. Add onion and cook and stir for a couple of minutes until softened. Add garlic and cook and stir another minute. Add cranberry sauce, tomato sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper, fresh ground black pepper, orange juice, and orange zest. Increase heat to MEDIUM-HIGH and bring just to a boil then reduce heat to LOW and simmer for ten minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • While sauce is simmering, place chicken pieces on a cutting board and remove and discard skin. Cut pieces into serving size pieces if necessary.
  • Coat a large baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Transfer chicken pieces to pan meaty side up and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and use a spoon to remove most of the cooking liquid. Pour about half of the barbecue sauce over the chicken and flip chicken with tongs to cover both sides well with sauce. Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees F and return pan to the oven for about 30 to 35 minutes. Check occasionally and spoon some of the sauce from bottom of pan over the chicken. Remove from oven when chicken is no longer pink in center and is cooked well throughout.
  • Serve with additional sauce on the side.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 593mg | Potassium: 730mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 766IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 3mg