Written by Ani
I love barbecue, especially in the summer. There’s nothing like the taste of homemade barbecue sauce and the smell of it grilling outside! But even if I don’t feel like going outside to grill, I make BBQ chicken in the oven using a very easy BBQ sauce recipe.
It’s extremely easy to make with very few ingredients and steps and it’s the perfect BBQ sauce for any meats such as chicken, fish or steak. You can also make it your own unique sauce by adding a few extra spices, or a little more or less of some of the ingredients. This sauce has a Latin twist, adding chili powder and hot sauce. My favorite ingredient to use is Chipotle-flavored hot sauce. It gives a smoky, sweet and hot flavor to the meat, and it is to die for!
For this recipe I use a product called Sofrito (found in your grocer’s international section), which is a natural cooking base or paste made from tomato, onion and garlic. Using this base saves me time in the kitchen; I don’t have to chop onions or garlic, wash extra dishes or get my fingers smelly. Just add it in the blender with the rest of the ingredients, and the sauce is done. Watch how how easy it is to make BBQ sauce in the video below.
Then, I marinate the chicken in a tight zip lock bag for 24 hours before baking it at 375° F for about 25-35 minutes.
I turn the chicken halfway through the baking time, and also baste the chicken with the sauce several times on each side. This way, you get a yummy glaze on top.
I love to serve these with healthier oven-baked fries and a green salad. I also made my own simple, light salad dressing by whisking fresh lemon juice (a lot of it) with extra virgin olive oil and a teaspoon of dijon mustard in a large bowl. Then I tossed my favorite salad greens in the same bowl.
Even my little girls at home love the spicy and lemony flavors, colors and textures of this whole meal – they were my very first testers and gave me double thumbs up!