Finger-Licking Good Chicken with Homemade Barbecue Sauce


Everybody loves barbecued chicken. And, when it comes to great chicken flavor, thighs are king!  Pound for pound chicken thighs  have a much richer flavor than breasts and are more economical. I’m using bone-in thighs and removing the fattening skin before cooking. First baking, smothered in my homemade barbecue sauce and later finishing on the grill or under the broiler.  This chicken is fantastic!  My homemade sauce is slightly sweet and tangy with a bit of a kick. One delicious, barbecued thigh has 197 calories, 4 grams of fat and 5 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients for Homemade Kicking Barbecue Sauce:

1 jar ( 24 oz) pasta sauce, I like Classico Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

1 cup onion, chopped fine

½ cup brown sugar, packed

⅓ cup honey

⅓ cup apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard or yellow mustard (don’t use Dijon)

1 tablespoon chili pepper sauce, I like Trader Joe’s brand or ½-1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, to taste

Ingredients for Chicken:

12 bone-in chicken thighs (about 3-3½ pounds)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine all sauce ingredients and cook over medium heat, stirring often for about 20-25 minutes, until sauce is thickened.

3. While sauce is heating, remove all skin from chicken thighs. Place thighs in a 13 x 9 inch Pyrex dish or pan lined with foil.

4. Set aside 2 cups barbecue sauce for later.  Pour remaining sauce over chicken.  Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.

5. To finish off the chicken, broil or cook on the grill.

6. To broil: Place chicken on a foil lined baking sheet.  Cover chicken with half the remaining sauce.  Broil for about 5 minutes until chicken is caramelized.  Turn over, spread with remaining sauce and broil for about 5 more minutes until caramelized.

7. To grill: Prepare grill to cook at medium heat.  Brush chicken with barbecue sauce and cook until caramelized, about 5 minutes.  Turn chicken over, brush with more sauce and cook about 5 more minutes until caramelized.

Makes 12 pieces (each thigh, about 3-4 ounces of chicken)

Food Fact

Chicken used to be considered a luxury meat.  It’s now so reasonable that it’s an everyday food for most people. Using bone-in chicken has more flavor than boneless.

Healthy Benefit

Chicken is a great source of protein, niacin and iron.  It’s also a useful source of B vitamins. Most of the fat is in the skin which can be easily removed.  Although chicken breasts are leaner than thighs, once you remove the skin a typical thigh has 100 calories and 3 grams of fat.

Weight Watcher
s (old points) 4

Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 5

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 thigh (each thigh, about 3-4 ounces of chicken)
197 calories, 4g fat, 17g protein, 23g carbs, 1g fiber, 332mg sodium, 20g sugar
FAT FACTS:  for 1 thigh with skin
306 calories, 15g fat, 17g protein, 27g carbs, 2g fiber, 401mg sodium, 22g sugar

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  5. Kevin Says:

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  8. Maryann Says:

    How many ounces should the thighs be approximately …… This,looks yummy.

  9. admin Says:

    Maryann, One cooked thigh yields about 3-4 ounces of chicken. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

  10. Lynn Says:

    I made this last night. Mine weren’t nearly as pretty as yours (my sauce wasn’t very thick for some reason), but they tasted fantastic! I will definitely be making them again. Thanks so much!

  11. admin Says:

    Hmmm…Not sure why your sauce wasn’t as thick. Lynn next time, try cooking it a little longer to thicken. I hope this helps!
    All the best,

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  13. Carla Says:

    I have this in the oven now – smells heavenly!

  14. Carla Says:

    Confirmed by me and my hubby – delicious!!!!

  15. admin Says:

    Thanks for your feedback Carla…I love it!

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