Baked or Air Fried Barbecued Chicken

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Baked or Air Fried Barbecued Chicken is shouting cookout summer fun!

It will save the day and everyone will swoon over this tender chicken especially if your day gets rained out.

You can't predict the weather so keep this recipe handy and always have a backup idea.

Don't let your party get ruined at the last minute and guess what? This chicken has directions for air frying at the last minute.

This homemade barbecue sauce makes this chicken extra special and it's so easy to make.

I also include some suggestions and links for side dishes to go along with this possible indoor picnic.

This chicken dish is perfect for entertaining big crowds, economical to make and sure is delicious.

Plus you can make some Patriotic Recipes Check out these Red White and Blue Recipes during a holiday and it's a great addition for making a festive table.

Scroll down to our easy printable recipe card for these easy instructions on baked or air-fried barbecued chicken.

this is a baked or air fried barbecued chicken in a Patriotic basket

Baked Grilled or Air Fried

What better way to serve your guests than with a great barbecued chicken at the party?

This is my go-to recipe that everyone raves about, it sure fools most folks!

This chicken is baked instead and can be air fried, grilled or pan-fried if you wish.

I took the easy way out to feed a crowd to have more time to enjoy the company!

Instead of standing over a hot grill or frying pan, I baked it all in one pan and it gave me time to spend with everyone instead of cooking while they were here.

homemade barbecue sauce in a cast iron skillet

Best Side Dishes

this is air fried chicken legs

Ingredients for Seasoning the Chicken

  • Chicken legs and thighs (bone-in around 8 pieces) or any parts of the chicken you prefer
  • Dried parsley, oregano, basil
  • granulated garlic
  • olive oil ( I use light extra virgin olive oil)
  • oil spray
  • optional spices: smoked paprika or for heat add a pinch of cayenne over each piece
  • Barbecue Sauce Recipe:
  • ketchup
  • dark brown sugar or honey
  • granulated garlic powder
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • prepared yellow mustard
  • a few twists of finely fresh cracked black pepper

these are baked chicken legs with barbecue sauce on top


  1. oil spray
  2. deep roasting pan
  3. parchment paper
  4. measuring cups
  5. measuring spoons
  6. serving platter
  7. thongs

This is a white casserole dish filled with homemade baked barbecued chicken in a homemade barbecue sauce for a 4th of july picnic

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Cooking Methods and Outdoor Picnics

If your cookout gets rained out baked or air-fried barbecued chicken will be saving the day!

This chicken baked or air fried is delicious and easy to make plus it can be made to take to picnics and family outings so cook it ahead of time and it will be a huge hit.

If you're not a fan of barbecue sauce, try our 18 other styles of chicken wings sauces and dips!

Baked or Air Fried  Barbecued Chicken

Baked or Air Fried Barbecued Chicken

Yield: 8
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 1 Hour
This is a basic recipe for homemade barbecue sauce baked chicken or any meat. The sauce is rich and thick and used for basting and perfect for cookouts!


  • 8 Chicken legs and thighs (bone-in  or boneless) or any parts of the chicken you prefer 
  • 1 teaspoon each Dried parsley, oregano, basil granulated garlic 
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil 
  • parchment paper and large deep baking pan cooking oil spray
  • Optional spices: smoked paprika or for heat add a pinch of cayenne over each piece 
  • see instructions below for Barbecue Sauce Recipe below


  1. Place parchment paper in the baking pan to fit up the sides also. I use a 13 x 9 baking pan.
  2. Spray parchment lightly with cooking oil. Place chicken on the paper in the pan. 
  3. Sprinkle generously with all herbs and spices. Then salt, pepper to taste.
  4. Drizzle olive oil on top of the pieces, rolling in the pan until evenly coated with oil and spices.
  5. Bake in a hot 400 degrees oven until the chicken is very crispy around 1 and 1/2 hours or more. In the meantime make the barbecue sauce recipe below.
  6. For the Sauce Recipe:
  7. Place all in a mason jar and shake.
  8. Pour over cooked chicken. Store sauce in the refrigerator. I use it up within 3 months if any is leftover.
  9. Pour barbecue sauce over the chicken while hot and serve.
  10. Barbecue Sauce Recipe: 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  11. 1/4 cup dark brown sugar or honey
  12. 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  13. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  14. dash of cayenne pepper
  15. 1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard a few twists of finely fresh cracked black pepper 
  16. Other Cooking Methods:
  17. Air Fry: Oil spray the air fryer basket.
  18. Heat air fryer to 380 degrees.
  19. Place the chicken on the basket herbs, fry for 18 minutes.
  20. Brush with a little sauce, return and cook 5 more minutes or until the skin is to your liking and crispy.
  21. The internal temperature is 165 degrees in the thickest part. Place on a platter and baste with more sauce.
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this is a delicious style barbecued baked chicken homemade sauce that is perfect for pork or chicken, beef and whatever you love barbecue sauce on. This is on chicken in a white bird corning ware dish made back in the 1970's.  Served on the 4th of July holiday basket