Easy to make BBQ chicken in the oven! These Baked BBQ Chicken Legs are fully cooked in the oven, but taste just like you spent time over cooking on a grill.

Perfect for dinner anytime of the year!

A plate filled with chicken legs covered in barbecue sauce.

Table of Contents

BBQ chicken in the oven

Key ingredients

Step by step directions

Recipe tips

Frequently asked questions

Serving suggestions

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Baked BBQ Chicken Legs

BBQ chicken in the oven

Sometimes I want everything about barbecued chicken except I don’t want to mess with the grill! Usually it’s when it’s pouring down rain or on the days when I just don’t have time to tend to the chicken on the grill.

That’s when this Baked BBQ Chicken comes into play! These chicken drumsticks are first baked in the oven, then coated with a BBQ sauce and baked a bit longer to caramelize the sauce.

The BBQ sauce gives all the flavors you’d find on the grill, but without any of the difficulties you might experience on the grill.

With oven baked chicken, you don’t have to worry about flare ups, turning the chicken every few minutes, uneven heat, or the chicken sticking to the grill.

Oven Baked BBQ Chicken Legs are easy peasy and delicious!

Another delicious BBQ chicken recipe you’ll want to try is this Crockpot BBQ Chicken!

Key ingredients

Chicken drumsticks next to a jar of BBQ sauce.


This section reviews the best ingredients and substitutions for this recipe. For an exact list of ingredients and quantities, check the recipe card below.

  • Chicken drumsticks – you could also use chicken thighs, but the baking time will increase
  • BBQ sauce – make your own BBQ sauce or purchase from store
  • Salt and pepper

Step by step directions

How to make it

In this section, I share step-by-step photos, cooking methods, techniques, and a general overview. For detailed instructions, temperatures, and timing, check the printable recipe card below.

  • Sprinkle drumsticks with salt and pepper
  • Place on a greased baking rack over a baking sheet
  • Bake in a preheated 400°F oven for 35-45 minutes or until 165°F and the skin is crispy
Adding seasoning to chicken legs.
  • Brush all sides of each drumstick with BBQ sauce and return to oven for 10-15 minutes until sauce is thickened and just beginning to brown
  • Rest chicken for 5-10 minutes before serving
Brushing barbecue sauce on chicken legs.

Recipe tips

  • Line your baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. This is optional but does help make cleanup a bit easier.
  • Be certain to lightly spray the baking rack with a nonstick spray
  • If a baking rack isn’t available, just cook directly on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Be certain to flip the chicken halfway through the cooking time.
  • Chicken drumsticks vary in size. This affects the cooking time. For best results use an instant read thermometer to determine if the chicken is cooked through.
  • Cook chicken to 165-180°F
  • Packages of chicken drumsticks are often sold partially frozen. Be certain to fully thaw before baking.

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