Monday, July 9, 2018

How to Barbecue Chicken in the Oven using your favourite BBQ sauce with minimal cleaning - Just like how you grill the chicken in a real Barbecue! Easy!

Have you receive a gourmet BBQ sauce as a gift and don't know what to do with it?

Have you seen an interesting BBQ sauce in a deli shop or any fine food supermarket and wonder what can you cook with it?

What if you don't have a barbecue???

What if the outdoor weather is too cold, hot or rainy to barbecue? ... like the current cold and rainy Melbourne!

Well, if you have an oven, I can show you how to oven-grill chicken using any BBQ sauce with minimal washing...

oven grilled BBQ barbeque sticky chicken
This is how I BBQ chicken in the oven using an interesting BBQ sauce.

We have a Weber BBQ but we don't use it to grill any sticky BBQ food because washing and scrubbing the sticky bits can be really a pain!!! Thus, our Weber is used for grilling fish on hot plate, sausages and skewers that are plainly seasoned with salt and pepper.

Usually, I use my oven to grill our sticky BBQ food and often make my own marinades like the recipes at:
Best Barbecued Meat and Homemade Barbecue Sauce (Recipe from Jamie Oliver)
Our Fav Char Siu Chicken
Kecap Manis Ginger Chicken
Sticky Brown Sugar Bourbon Chicken
Easy Oven-Baked Sticky Chicken Wings with Sriracha, Sesame and Honey (Recipe from Donna Hay)
Honey-baked Chicken Wings with Sambal Belacan
Japanese Sticky Sesame Chicken Wings (Recipe from Bill Granger)
Orange and Ginger Caramelised Chicken Wings (Recipe from Gordon Ramsay)
Homemade Char Siu (Recipe from Nigella Lawson)
Sticky Chicken Drumsticks (Recipe from Curtis Stone)

Basically, there are two ways of oven-grilling chicken...
One is to marinate the chicken for more than one hour or preferably overnight in the fridge first. Bake chicken with the marinade at moderate oven temperature until tender. Remove chicken from the marinade and finish by grilling the chicken with top grill and basting until sticky and well-caramelised.

Recipes for reference: Best Barbecued Meat and Homemade Barbecue Sauce, Our Favourite Char Siu Chicken, Kecap Manis Ginger Chicken, Sticky Brown Sugar Bourbon Chicken and Easy Oven-Baked Sticky Chicken Wings with Sriracha, Sesame and Honey

The other way is to grill the chicken with high oven temperature plus top grill first to sear the juices in the chicken, then bake with moderate oven temperature minus the top grill plus constant basting until the chicken is tender, sticky and well-caramelised. This grilling method does NOT require the chicken to be marinated in excessive marinade and longer duration. In another words, the long-waiting marinating step can be optional if you are using this method.

Recipes for reference: Honey-baked Chicken Wings with Sambal Belacan, Japanese Sticky Sesame Chicken Wings, Orange and Ginger Caramelised Chicken Wings, Homemade Char Siu and Sticky Chicken Drumsticks

Which way is better? I must say that method one infused more flavours into the chicken due to the long marinating duration but the alternate method is good too by making the chicken stickier.

Still too complicated? LOL! Here's a video showing I oven-grilled these sticky Beer BBQ sauce chicken using method two to illustrate the concept of oven-grilling chicken further.

Here are a few tips to share about this oven-grilling technique.

1) Please do not use skinless chicken breast for oven-grilling. The lower-fat meat will turn out to be dry and tough! Best is to use chicken with skin like chicken wings or chicken drumsticks. And, it's ok to use skinless boneless chicken thighs but do not over-bake them!

2) The use of a wire rack to place the chicken for oven-grilling can be optional. The wire rack helps to grill the chicken faster and creates more caramelized surfaces. If you do that, you don't need to transfer the chicken into a newly-lined baking tray at the finial 15 mins of baking.

3) The disadvantage of using the wire rack for oven-grilling chicken is the washing!!! Hence, if you are using a wire rack, it will be good if you 1) use a non-stick wire rack 2) brush the rack with generously with oil 3) line the supporting baking tray with aluminium foil. To wash, just dispose the aluminium foil, soak the wire rack with boiling hot water for about 15 mins and you can wash the charred area very easily. That's it! Isn't this the minimal kind of cleaning that we won't mind? Well, washing a wire rack is definitely better than cleaning the entire sticky Weber!!! Agree?

oven grilled BBQ barbeque sticky chicken
These oven-grilled BBQ chicken looks pretty professionally grilled.
Can fight with those that are grilled in a real barbie... Not bad huh?
oven grilled BBQ barbeque sticky chicken
Yummy sticky chicken!!!

I would like to say that I'm not advertising for Beerenberg and Coopers. I just bought this BBQ sauce as one of the souvenirs from our Adelaide trip. The sauce is just ok as we all unanimously agreed that my self-made marinades (like those recipes that I have mentioned above) are much more better!

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This is how I oven-grilled chicken using any BBQ sauce.

Serves 4-6
1 kg chicken, with or without skin or bone - I'm using skinless boneless chicken thighs. Do not use skinless chicken breasts! - Please see the above tip.
8 tbsp (1/2 cup) your favourite barbecue sauce plus more if required, divided into 2 tbsp and 6 tbsp
vegetable oil to brush

Add chicken and 2 tbsp barbecue sauce into a large zip lock bag. Toss well to ensure that the chicken is well-coated with the sauce. Do not add too much barbecue sauce because too much salt content from the sauce will cause the meat to lose more of its juice and too much sugar from the sauce will cause the meat to burn before the meat is properly seared during the high temperature grilling.

Allow chicken to marinate in a fridge for about 30 mins or more.

Place a rack on the highest or second highest position which is about 10 cm from the top heating element. Preheat oven to 220°C fan forced with top grill heating.

Line a baking tray with aluminum foil and set an non-stick wire rack on the baking tray. Brush the wire rack with oil to prevent the BBQ chicken from sticking on the rack.

Arrange the marinated chicken on the wire rack in a single layer. Brush chicken generously with oil.

Grill the chicken for about 7 mins or until the surfaces or edges starts to brown. Flip and brush generously with oil. Grill on the second side for about 5 mins or until the surfaces starts to brown.

Turn off the top grill heating and reduce temperature to oven to 180°C fan forced. Re-position the rack in the middle position of the oven and continue to bake the chicken at the new position.

Keep flipping and brushing the chicken with the remaining sauce in every 10-15 mins of baking until the chicken is tender and thoroughly cooked. Please note that the baking time vary according to the size and parts of the chicken that you used. I baked these chicken thighs for 25 mins plus 12 mins of initial grilling.

Serve chicken when it is warm and sticky.

Happy Baking
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