BBQ Spicy Orange Chicken is the perfect combination of tangy and spicy and is guaranteed to make your BBQ chicken the star of any backyard get together.
Is there any one particular food that represents the good times of summer as completely as barbecue chicken? In case anyone is wondering the answer to that question is NO! The only thing that could possible make it better would be to kick that BBQ chicken up a notch with my recipe for BBQ Spicy Orange Chicken… BOOM!!
There is nothing better than barbecue chicken at the end of a long hot day playing in the sun with your friends and family. That being said and as I have discussed before, I do not use my grill. Please don’t judge, I just can’t bring myself to ignite a fire ball and set my entire house on fire. I’m funny that way. But if YOU are a brave person and actually use your grill, you Grilling Machine, feel free to use this recipe and be the star of your backyard grilling kingdom!!!
Me? Not so much…
But what I can do is make amazing barbecue chicken in the oven. Wait wait wait! Don’t leave me yet, I know that’s borderline summertime blasphemous talk but it’s the best I can do. I make my Spicy Asian BBQ Ribs in the oven and I even do my Slow Cooker Ribs in the crock pot. Although I do know that not everyone will agree with me, I do believe you can make amazing barbecue chicken in your oven. The only thing you are missing is the grill marks.
This recipe for BBQ Spicy Orange Chicken is the epitome of spicy summer goodness. The tanginess of the orange against the spicy of the peppers makes this the perfect combination to celebrate this time of season. And let’s not forget Father’s Day is right around the corner. Believe me, he will love this new twist on his favorite classic man-food.
Now this recipe took forever for me to finally make and photograph and write this blog post on. I wrote this recipe last year and then because I have no handwriting skills anymore, I could not read my recipe after all that time. I’m a very sloppy writer when I am writing down my recipes so needless to say, I had to redo the recipe from scratch and make sure that it was as perfect as I remembered it to be. That makes this little recipe for BBQ Spicy Orange Chicken a true labor of love in my book but oh the torture…. BBQ Spicy Orange Chicken again and again!!! (totally not torture!!)
Believe me, your family will love this recipe. And if you don’t like it as spicy, cut back on the peppers. If you like your food to incinerate your soul and scald your mouth, go ahead and kick it up another notch. As I have this recipe written, it’s somewhat middle-of-the-road. But you can always tweak it to what works best for your family.
Looking for more summer favorites? Don’t forget to check out my Easy Italian Pasta Salad. It is the perfect compliment side dish to this BBQ Spicy Orange Chicken.
Stay cool and enjoy your summer!
Happiness and Blessings!
- 3 - 4 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 each whole chicken, cut up
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic diced
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 2 each jalapeno diced
- 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp ancho pepper powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper powder
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/ tsp onion powder
- 18 oz orange marmalade
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
Start in a medium sized sauce pan, add olive oil and heat over medium heat
Add diced jalapeno and saute for 2 minutes. Add in garlic and cook for another minute
Pour in ketchup, marmalade, vinegar, soy sauce, orange juice and remaining spices
Bring to a low boil and then lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Pour BBQ sauce through a small screen strainer to remove jalapeno and garlic pieces (or don't if they don't bother you) and then allow sauce to come to room temperature.
Rinse and pat dry chicken pieces and then season all sides with salt.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Heat vegetable oil over high heat in large skillet
Add chicken pieces to oil and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until skin browns.. don't crowd your pan, this may take two batches
Move browned chicken pieces to a large foil lined baking pan with baking racks so that the air can circulate around the chicken
Using a basting brush, coat all sides of the chicken pieces with BBQ sauce and bake for 15 minutes
Remove chicken and coat all sides again with BBQ sauce.. return to oven and bake for 40-45 minutes.
Remove from oven, coat chicken again with remaining BBQ sauce and let sit for 15 minutes
This BBQ can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator. Heat for 1 minute on High in the microwave before using.. stir to loosen the sauce, it will get very thick when refrigerated because of the marmalade.