Oven-Baked BBQ Chicken

I wasn’t sure how I was going to post this recipe during the summer since everyone wants a good BBQ recipe that actually uses a grill, but here I was preparing an oven-baked BBQ chicken recipe because that’s what I do most of the time. I know how to grill, but I don’t like to start it out of fear of working with fire and coal. I know it’s strange and it’s something I do plan to conquer soon, but not at the moment…

So, now we find ourselves in the midst of a very rainy, very cold week in July. Odd, sure, but it’s a reality for us here in the Midwest. And cold or not, if it’s raining you won’t be able to grill in rainy weather. Perfect time for an oven-baked BBQ recipe that I’ve had plenty of time to make over and over again before sharing with you.

Here’s what you need: 

Of course, dhabiha halal chicken. I use the drumsticks, but the thighs would work great here, too. Also, you’ll need sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, dark vinegar (I use date vinegar), honey and lime. 

ingredients vertical

You’ll also need a pastry brush and wire whisk for stirring it all up well, as well as a bowl large enough for stirring up the sauce. 

The first thing to do is to add olive oil to the bowl.

start with oil

Add salt and pepper. 

add salt

Then the honey. 

add honey

And the vinegar. The recipe calls for date vinegar- if you don’t have it, you can use apple cider vinegar.

add vinegar 2

Give it a really good, long whisk so it thickens.  


Now it’s ready to brush onto the chicken for the first of a few times.

use brush

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and brush the chicken on each side. 

brush on first layer

It may seem like it’s a little runny when it goes on the first couple of times. But don’t worry.

place on parchment

Just do it a couple of times before putting into the oven.

see the pepper

Once in the oven, you’ll keep doing this every ten minutes (brushing each side) until it’s baked for at least 40-50  minutes and the sauce in your bowl gone.

BBQ chicken done

This is what it looks like when done. I like to serve it up with some lime, for those who like to add a little zest or tart flavor to the sweetness in the sauce.

plate with limes

No forks allowed. Just have plenty of wet towels or hand wipes nearby…

finished 3
Perfect indoor picnic food, wouldn’t you say? 

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Oven-Baked BBQ Chicken
Yields 6
Picnic-perfect BBQ chicken that will have your family asking for more! Just don't forget the hand wipes- you'll want to eat these up with your hands!
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
  1. 1/8 cup olive oil
  2. 1 and 1/4 teaspoon salt
  3. 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  4. 1 cup honey
  5. 1/8 cup dark vinegar (i.e. date vinegar or apple cider vinegar)
  6. 6 pieces of chicken drumsticks (about 3 pounds)
  7. 6 lime wedges (optional)
  1. In a medium size bowl, add the olive oil, then pour in the salt and pepper. Add the honey and give it a whisk. Add the vinegar and give it another few whisks until the mixture is completely combined and thickened.
  2. Preheat an oven to 350° F.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the chicken a few inches apart. Brush each piece with the sauce, then turn over and brush again. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Brush each piece with BBQ sauce 1-2 times. Continue baking. Repeat this process (brushing each side) every 10 minutes for 40-50 minutes, or until the chicken is golden in color and caramelizing.
  5. Serve immediately. Offer lime wedges alongside, if desired.
  1. *You'll also need a pastry brush and wire whisk for this recipe. Parchment paper is recommended for use on a baking sheet to make clean up a whole lot easier.
  2. **This recipe easily doubles and triples, so if more chicken is being served, simply adjust ingredient amounts accordingly.
  3. ***Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken, away from the bone. It should read at least 165° F.
Yvonne Maffei https://myhalalkitchen.com/

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  1. Is there any other vinegar you can use other then the one you have stated. Also as I want to make this very soon but not sure whether to make it in Ramadhan as i dont know how it will turn out, could you tell me what kind of taste does this bring to the chicken? As it has a lot honey in and no chilli etc will it be a very sweet taste? Hope to hear from you in sha Allah. Thanks xx

    1. Rabiah, I updated this post with a link to the date vinegar I recommend. Please look for it right above the ingredients photo. Thanks!

    2. I would imagine you can add your own extras like chilli flakes garlic etc. As for vinegar I don’t see why you can’t use white or brown normal vinegar as the cooking will evaporate it anyway

    1. Wa’alaikum as salaam Sahdia, I updated this post with a link to the date vinegar I recommend. Please look for it right above the ingredients photo. Thanks!

  2. Salam,Thnks for lovely recipies Yvonne 🙂
    What is 350 F in celcius ? Can i add more spices nto it ? i like hot spicy flavour … thnx for replying in advance

    1. Yes, you can definitely add more spices if you like. Just make sure they are ground spices because they may begin to burn in the oven or on the grill should they be flaked or whole.

  3. Salaan akaikum…tnx 4 d recipe dear…I love onion n garlic…how do I get it into this fab recipe of urs? Mist grateful. ..mrs B.

  4. Salam Yvonne,

    Can I use balsamic vinegar to substitute with the date vinegar? Cause there’s none in my country here.

  5. I’m sorry but why is it that everywhere I go, there is always an ingredient we cannot readily buy at the shops? The same goes for recipe books. Bit silly really. Please include alternatives. Date Vinegar is not something that is ‘common’. Thanks.

  6. Salaam
    I was wondering do you flip the chicken every time you baste it while in the oven? Because isn’t only one side getting the sauce put on?
    Please help! JazakAllah

  7. can I use white vinegar instead of apple cider and date vinegar? And just like previous poster asked can I chop onions garlic and add it.? If yes, should i add when I start baking or when half baking is done.? Im new to cooking. Sorry if my questions seem silly

    1. Mariya, no question is silly and I commend you for wanting to learn! To answer your question, you can use white vinegar although it is a lot stronger, in my opinion, than the others. I would not, however, add onions and garlic to this mix because you run the risk of them burning in the oven or on the grill, making the entire dish bitter and not so tasty.

      1. Thank you!! JazakAllah
        also I’m new to US, so you will be getting many questions from asking where I can buy the ingredients of ur recipes. Luckily had all for this recipe.

  8. I have tried for my iftar yesterday, and Alhamdulillah it turned out very well. Thanks for this recipe. Salam from Malaysia.

  9. Salam..i’ve tried this recipe for iftar n my husband loves it..i use whatever i hve in the kitchen..substitute using white vinegar n adding a lil’ dash of chilli powder..i don’t hve an oven but i use double grill pan on gas stove..turns out yummy!today,i try it out for the 2nd time on chix bishopnose & liver alongside with whole chix thigh..my husband can’t wait..tq for the recipe..

  10. this is a wonderful chicken BBQ. I followed the recipe strictly and turned exactly the same with the one you have posted here. jzk sister Yvonne

  11. What brand meat thermometer do you use? The two that I have take too long to measure the temp. Also where can you find date vinegar, Arabic grocery stores? Thanks.

    1. I use thermometers purchased from a variety of sources- Williams-Sonoma, restaurant stores, etc. Just make sure it’s calibrated properly so if it’s from a good name brand it should be fine.

      About the date vinegar, I purchased it from a Middle Eastern market in the Chicago area (Pita Inn Market in Niles, IL).

  12. Thank you for your website and for this recipe

    I am currently in the process of making this and I notice that my chicken are virtually swimming in the bbq sauce. I followed your recipe except used apple cider since date vinegar in not readily available here in the UK [London]. Is this supposed to happen?

    Thank you for your time

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