8-10 chicken thighs and/or drumsticks (bone-in, skin on)

2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, and pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Coat the chicken on all sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place the chicken skin side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from oven and turn the temperature of the oven up to 425 degrees.
  • Coat the top of the chicken with barbecue sauce using a basting brush. Use a spatula to flip the chicken over, being careful not to tear the skin. Baste the other side of the chicken, and place back in the oven for 7 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, baste top with barbecue sauce, and place back in oven for 7 more minutes.
  • Remove from the oven again and baste again, and place back in oven for 7 more minutes or until chicken is crispy, parts are blackened, and it’s fully cooked.
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Chicken not crisping up to your liking? Try broiling it for a few minutes at the end.

You can also place the chicken skin side up from the beginning (skip the first, skin side down step) on a baking rack nestled into a rimmed baking sheet, to elevate it so it’s not sitting in its juices, resulting in more crispiness all around (and less fat!).

I do my best to provide accurate nutrition information for my recipes, but I am not a nutritionist. The provided nutrition information is my best estimate. It does not include any added sodium from seasoning to taste, any optional ingredients, and it does not take brands into account. Feel free to calculate it yourself using this calculator or by adding the recipe to Yummly.

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