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Betsy’s Oven Baked BBQ Chicken Thighs

  • Author: Michelle
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


These BBQ chicken thighs are one of my mother-in-law’s specialties! This version is paleo and can be made whole30 and AIP.


  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp ghee (sub avocado oil for AIP)
  • 1 1/2 cup compliant BBQ sauce (notes for options)
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F and line a casserole dish (preferably with a lid) with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the salt, pepper, onion, garlic, and coconut sugar together to make a rub. Pat the chicken thighs dry and season with the rub.
  3. Transfer the chicken thighs to the casserole dish and top with ghee and bbq sauce.
  4. Cover the casserole dish and transfer to the oven. Bake for 90 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and remove the cover. Raise the oven temperature to 400 F and transfer back to the oven. Bake for an additional 15-25 minutes, or until the desired crispness is reached.
  6. Top with chopped parsley and serve fresh.


For a whole30/ paleo BBQ sauce, use the new primal or homemade sauce. For AIP use KC naturals or homemade.

All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 699
  • Fat: 38.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 53.5g
  • Fiber: 1.8g
  • Protein: 33.4g

Keywords: bbq chicken thighs