Sticky Oven-Roasted Apple Cider Barbecue Chicken

Sticky Oven-Roasted Apple Cider Barbecue Chicken

My mouth literally drooled when I saw this recipe. I’ve been craving barbecue chicken lately, so stumbling upon this recipe on How Sweet It Is was kismet! The sauce smelled incredible while it simmered on the stove and the chicken couldn’t have been easier to bake. The chicken turned out tender, sticky, sweet, tangy, and so flavorful. The barbecue sauce was a huge hit with all of us – we loved the flavor, so I’ll will be trying it out on pork and beef, too!

Sticky Oven-Roasted Apple Cider Barbecue Chicken

How to Make Sticky Oven-Roasted Apple Cider Barbecue Chicken

Make the barbecue sauce. Combine the ketchup, apple cider, honey, minced garlic, apple cider vinegar, Dijon, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, paprika, and sea salt & freshly cracked pepper, to taste, in a small saucepan then whisk together until well combined. Heat the stove over medium heat and bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce to low heat and simmer for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced. Remove from the heat and let sit at room temperature until it cools and thickens.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat the baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.

Pat the chicken drumsticks completely dry with a paper towel. Drizzle the drumsticks with olive oil and spread it on evenly. Season both sides of the drumsticks with garlic powder, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, evenly. Place the chicken on the sheet.

Sticky Oven-Roasted Apple Cider Barbecue Chicken

Roast the chicken for 25 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and brush the drumsticks with the barbecue sauce evenly. Place into the oven bake for another 5 to 7 minutes. Brush with sauce again, and bake for another 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving. Serve the chicken drumsticks with any extra sauce.

Sticky Oven-Roasted Apple Cider Barbecue Chicken

Sticky Oven-Roasted Apple Cider Barbecue Chicken

Sticky Oven-Roasted Apple Cider Barbecue Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Main
Servings: 4
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking / Original from How Sweet It Is

Ingredients

  • Apple Cider Barbecue Sauce:
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Chicken:
  • lb chicken drumsticks
  • Olive oil to taste (about 1 tablespoon)
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Make the barbecue sauce. Combine the ketchup, apple cider, honey, minced garlic, apple cider vinegar, Dijon, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, paprika, and sea salt & freshly cracked pepper, to taste, in a small saucepan then whisk together until well combined.
  • Heat the stove over medium heat and bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce to low heat and simmer for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced.
  • Remove from the heat and let sit at room temperature until it cools and thickens.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat the baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.
  • Pat the chicken drumsticks completely dry with a paper towel.
  • Drizzle the drumsticks with olive oil and spread it on evenly.
  • Season both sides of the drumsticks with garlic powder, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, evenly.
  • Place the chicken on the baking sheet. Place into the oven and roast the chicken for 25 minutes.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and brush the drumsticks with the barbecue sauce evenly.
  • Place into the oven bake for another 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Brush with sauce again, and bake for another 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving.
  • Serve the chicken drumsticks with any extra sauce.
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11 Comments

  1. Tis the time for things apple cider and your sauce sounds delicious. We visited a large farmers market and an orchard fruit stand last week and never saw so many apples.

  2. Mmmmm mouth watering just to read the recipe. Diane

  3. Your BBQ sauce sounds terrific! I do love roasted chicken legs.

  4. I like trying different BBQ sauces. Your recipe looks very good and must be great on chicken.

  5. this looks delicious, pam! the shine from that glaze just reels me in, and the flavors would be awesome too!

  6. Noluthando says:

    Hi I would like to be sent some of these recipes

  7. This sauce was delicious we wanted to lick our plates afterwards haha!!

  8. I just made this and it was amazing, absolutely making this again!

    1. Natalie,

      Thank you so much for letting me know. I’m really glad you liked it.

      -Pam