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Oven-Baked BBQ Boneless Chicken Thighs

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These Oven-Baked BBQ Boneless Chicken Thighs offer the flavors of weekend grilling without needing the grill. Simple ingredients and easy prep make them perfect for weeknight dinners or meal prep sessions. Enjoy with your favorite sides for a satisfying meal any day of the week.
Servings: 4 servings
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
cooked BBQ boneless chicken thighs on a wooden board and sprinkled with chopped parsley.

It’s grilling season, and one of our weekend must-dos is meal prepping, which means Jim usually grills a bunch of proteins for us to enjoy all week. Our weekend grilling sessions inspire these oven-baked BBQ boneless chicken thighs without needing to fire up the grill. This recipe uses pantry staples and your favorite BBQ sauce to create a main dish that’s both juicy and packed with delicious flavor. Whether it’s a weeknight dinner or meal prepping for the week, these chicken thighs will be a hit. For the perfect meal, serve them with your favorite side dishes, like potato salad or coleslaw.

cooked BBQ boneless chicken thighs on a wooden board and sprinkled with chopped parsley. served with side of corn and potato salad.

Key Ingredients and Substitutions


With just a few simple ingredients, including boneless skinless chicken thighs and pantry staples, this Oven-Baked BBQ Boneless Chicken Thighs recipe will become a staple in your weekly dinner rotation.

In the printable recipe below, you can find a complete list of ingredients and measurements.

  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs: These are the stars of this dish. They are juicy and tender, perfect for absorbing the BBQ sauce. If you prefer a healthier option, you can substitute it with boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but they may require a shorter cooking time to avoid drying out.
  • BBQ Sauce: BBQ sauce adds a sweet, tangy glaze to the chicken. Use your favorite store-bought or homemade BBQ sauce. If you prefer a different flavor profile, try honey mustard or teriyaki sauce as a substitute.
  • Olive Oil: We use a little oil in the marinade to help the seasonings stick to the chicken and keep it moist during cooking. You can substitute vegetable oil or avocado oil.
  • Spices: We used some common pantry spices to give the chicken thighs additional depth of flavor: onion, garlic, and smoked paprika.
ingredients for BBQ boneless chicken thighs.

How to Make BBQ Boneless Chicken Thighs


Here are the quick step-by-step instructions with visuals; you can find the full instructions with the exact ingredients in the recipe card below.
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Pro-tip: For additional flavor, try grilling the chicken thighs on a gas or charcoal grill over medium-high heat instead of baking them. 

1. Marinate the Chicken: In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Place the chicken thighs in a shallow dish or resealable plastic bag and coat them evenly with the mixture. Let them marinate in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes to soak up all those flavors.

uncooked chicken thighs in a ziplock bag with marinade.

2. Preheat and Prep: Set your oven to 400°F so it’s nice and hot when the chicken goes in. Take the marinated chicken out of the refrigerator and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy cleanup. We also put our chicken on a wire rack, which is optional. Brush BBQ sauce on each thigh, covering both sides.

uncooked chicken thighs on a wire rack inside a baking pan.

3. Bake the Chicken: Pop the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. About halfway through, brush the chicken with more BBQ sauce for an extra flavor boost. With a meat thermometer, check that the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

cooked chicken thighs on a wire rack inside a baking pan.

4. Serve and Enjoy: Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley or green onions if you like. Serve hot with your extra BBQ sauce favorite sides, like mashed potatoes, coleslaw, potato salad, or corn on the cob. 

Make-Ahead and Storage


Make-Ahead: You can marinate the chicken thighs a day in advance. Store them in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag in the refrigerator.

How to Store: Leftover cooked and cooled chicken thighs can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To freeze:

  1. Place the cooked chicken thighs in a single layer on a baking sheet to flash-freeze them.
  2. Once frozen, transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
  3. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

How to Reheat: To reheat, place the chicken thighs in a baking dish covered with aluminum foil and bake at 350°F for about 15-20 minutes or until heated through. You can also reheat leftover chicken in the microwave until warm.

Recipe Tips and Notes


  • Brush on more BBQ sauce. Halfway through baking, brush on more BBQ sauce for a richer, smoky flavor.  
  • Allow the chicken to rest. After baking, let the chicken rest for a few minutes to retain its juices.
  • Substitute the spices. If you prefer a different flavor, try using chili powder or brown sugar for a sweet and spicy kick.

Frequently Asked Questions


Do you put barbecue sauce on chicken before or after baking?

Brushing barbecue sauce on the chicken before and during baking is best. Start by coating both sides of the chicken with BBQ sauce before placing it in the oven. Halfway through the cooking time, brush on more sauce to add flavor.

Do you bake chicken thighs covered or uncovered?

Bake chicken thighs uncovered to allow the BBQ sauce to thicken and caramelize. Covering the thighs can prevent this process.

How do you get BBQ sauce to stick to baked chicken?

To ensure BBQ sauce sticks to baked chicken, brush it on at the beginning and again halfway through baking. This method allows the sauce to thicken and adhere to the chicken, creating a flavorful coating.

How do you know when boneless thighs are cooked?

Boneless chicken thighs are done when their internal temperature reaches 165°F. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature in the thickest part of the thigh to ensure it’s fully cooked.

baked chicken thighs being brushed with additional BBQ sauce.

More Dinner Recipes to Try


Looking for more inspired dinner recipes? Try these other favorites:

  • Teriyaki Salmon Bowl – a healthy and flavorful meal perfect for a busy weeknight. Tender salmon is glazed in a sweet and savory teriyaki sauce and served alongside fluffy rice and your favorite veggie toppings for a truly satisfying bowlful.
  • Turkey Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes –  the perfect weeknight meal! Stuffed with taco-seasoned turkey, black beans, and corn, these sweet potatoes are easy and nutritious.
  • 5 Ingredient Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Pot Pie – is simple, inexpensive, and perfect for a weeknight dinner. It is made from rotisserie chicken, frozen veggies, cream of celery soup, and store-bought biscuits and is a warm, hearty dinner that everyone will love

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cooked BBQ boneless chicken thighs on a wooden board and sprinkled with chopped parsley.

Oven-Baked BBQ Boneless Chicken Thighs

Posted by Melissa
These Oven-Baked BBQ Boneless Chicken Thighs offer the flavors of weekend grilling without needing the grill. Simple ingredients and easy prep make them perfect for weeknight dinners or meal prep sessions. Enjoy with your favorite sides for a satisfying meal any day of the week.
5 from 1 vote

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinading Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 323 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce

Instructions 

Marinate the Chicken Thighs

  • In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Place the chicken thighs in a shallow dish or a resealable plastic bag, and coat them evenly with the olive oil mixture. Marinate the chicken for about 15-30 minutes in the refrigerator.

Bake the Chicken Thighs

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy cleanup. Brush each chicken thigh generously with BBQ sauce, covering both sides.
  • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until the chicken is cooked and the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Halfway through the cooking time, brush the chicken with more BBQ sauce for extra flavor.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley or green onions if desired, and serve hot with your favorite side dishes, such as mashed potatoes, coleslaw, or corn on the cob.

Notes

1. Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed. The nutritional value will vary based on the brand and amount of BBQ sauce used. It does not include the nutrition for any substitutions.
2. Be sure to check out the Key Ingredients and the Recipe Tips and Notes sections in the post for more tips, options, substitutions, and variations for this recipe! You will also find step-by-step photos there.
Serving: 1serving | Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 1129mg | Potassium: 465mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg
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