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Oven-Roasted Apple Cider BBQ Chicken

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  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 pound chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • apple cider BBQ sauce
  • 2/3  cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup  apple cider
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 tablespoons  apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Drizzle a baking sheet with the olive oil.
  • Pat the chicken completely dry with a paper towel. Season it with the salt and pepper evenly. Place the chicken on the sheet, but don’t crowd the pan. Use two if needed!
  • Roast the chicken for 25 minutes. Remove it from the oven and brush it with the BBQ sauce. Bake it for another 5 to 7 minutes. Flip, brush with sauce again, and bake for another 5. Repeat the process one or two more times, slathering the chicken with the sauce.
  • Let cool slightly before serving. And serve it with the extra sauce!

apple cider BBQ sauce

  • Place all ingredients in a saucepan and whisk together until combined. Heat oven medium heat and bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat and cook for 30 to 60 minutes, until thickened. Stir occasionally. Remove from the heat and let sit at room temperature until it cools and thickens even more.
  • Store in a jar or sealed container in the fridge.


[method adapted from pioneer woman]

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