Best Ever Oven Baked Chicken

This dish takes me back to being a kid. I’d request this chicken on every birthday, special occasion or anytime Mom asked what I wanted for dinner. These were the few times she was let off easy, because this Best Ever Oven Baked Chicken is really easy to make! The sauce is full of flavor and keeps the chicken juicy. This dish is best served alongside potatoes, mac and cheese, or broccoli, because they are the best for sweeping up all of the sauce in the chicken.


⅔ cup ketchup
¼ cup soy sauce
3 tbsp. vinegar
2 tbsp. canola oil
¼ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. black pepper
1 whole chicken, cut into parts

Whenever I make bone-in chicken, I cut the breasts in half so they are closer in size to the other chicken pieces. When chicken can cook more evenly, it helps to keep the smaller pieces from drying out while the larger cook.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine ketchup, soy sauce, vinegar, oil, garlic powder and black pepper. Place chicken in large baking dish and pour sauce over chicken.  Cover pan with foil and bake 20 minutes. Remove foil, and bake 15 minutes more.  Finish under a low broiler, until skin is browned and internal temperature is 165 degrees. Serve, and spoon sauce from the pan onto chicken.

Wine Pairings:
District 7 Cabernet Sauvignon