Oven Roasted Chicken With Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce

by Sugar on August 10, 2011 · 23 comments

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Oven Roasted Chicken with Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce is an easy chicken recipe that a friend recommended to me this summer. I have used Apple Butter in cakes and desserts but never in a BBQ sauce. I took her basic recipe and jazzed it up to make it my own.  I think I came up with an amazing combination of flavors that works so well with chicken. I think it would be great on pork ribs too but I haven’t tried it yet.

I know it seems like there are a lot of ingredients, but trust me when I tell you they just get mixed in a bowl and poured over the chicken. It takes no time at all.

The secret ingredient is MUSSELMAN’S Apple Butter. It has a rich spicy apple flavor that gives the chicken great color and sweet taste.

This recipe makes about 3 cups and can be stored covered in the refrigerator for several days.


For Apple Butter BBQ Sauce

  • 1 (17 oz.) jar of MUSSELMAN’S Apple Butter
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

For Chicken

  • 10-12 chicken thighs
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper


Mix all the ingredients for the BBQ sauce in a bowl until completely combined and sauce is smooth.

Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper and place in large zip lock bar with half of the sauce. Refrigerate the other half of the sauce for later. Place chicken in refrigerator to marinade for at least an hour or overnight.

When ready to cook, preheat oven to 450°F oven with rack on the second level from the top. Place chicken on baking pan sprayed with Pam, skin side up uncovered, and roast for about 30 minutes or until chicken is done.

Chicken can also be grilled on an outdoor BBQ.

Once chicken is done remove from oven baste once more with sauce and serve extra sauce on the side.

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MUSSELMAN’S was kind enough to send me some of their product free of charge. The opinions expressed in my review and recipe are my own.

liV says:

Hi Sugar,
Hope you’re doing well. Thanks again a million for your amazing recipes! My family and I love them and you explain SO well it makes it a whole lot easier to do. Im new to cooking like I’ve told you before and I was very apprehensive about cooking, but with your help is going quite well. I have a question when I make this recipe I’ll be using chicken breast do I have to pound the breasts?

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

If you are going to make this with whole chicken breasts get the breast on the bone it bakes better in the oven. If you do it off ths bone it’s fine too but it can be a little dryer. No you don’t have to pound it unless you want to filet it and have the pieces be smaller. Thanks for the great feedback. You made my day! :)

Ray says:

Dear Sugar,
Thanks a lot.
Will look up to your website daily for more tasty chicken recipes. But simple tasty chicken recipes that I can cook at home as im just a beginner.
I mean on average , everyone loves chicken compared to fish haha.

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Great! Thanks for the feedback.

Ray says:

Hey Sugar,
Pls kindly do more chicken recipes or roasted chicken recipes.
Regards from Singapore,

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

I will for sure. Thanks for the feedback

Ray says:

Hey Sugar,

It looks extremely tasty and beautiful.

Regards from Singapore,

Martha says:

This sounds super easy to do in the oven, but since you indicate it can be done on a grill as well … I’m going to prepare it ahead of time so it’s marinating in a cooler and I’ll be taking it to the lake with me this weekend for a Labor Day meal cook out on the grill. Mmmm, mmmm … sounds tasty. I’ll let ya’ know!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Oh I am sure it will be great. Enjoy! :)

lisajean says:

Sugar, Have you tried cooking this in a crock pot? Thought about using whole breast w/o skin and putting them in a crock pot with the sauce. Your thoughts please..

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

I haven’t but I do chicken like this for a pulled chicken. It’s very yummy just a different result. The chicken tends to fall apart and it’s yummy.

Nancy says:

Can you use this receipe with bonless/skinless chicken breasts?

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:


Sure you can, but keep in mind the breasts are much leaner and will cook faster so adjust the cooking time to maybe 20-25 minutes. Just make sure you cut one open to see if it is done.


Bob says:

Just cooked it. Great! Would the applebutter bbq sauce be good on pork ribs? If so, when would you put the sauce on the ribs?

Jamie says:

Would it be ok to substitute “apple cider vinegar” with plain ” cider” vinegar? This looks good the apple butter reminds of my mom , she loved it on toast with butter! Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:


Sure that will work just fine. Like your mom I just love apple butter too. Enjoy and let me know how it turns out.

Sugar :)

Saaniya says:

What if we don’t have the sauce that you specifically mentioned?

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:


I give the ingredients to make the sauce. Apple butter can be found in most stores.



Erin says:

I so rarely cook with bone-in chicken for some reason it makes me nervous. I am silly I know. But this looks soooo good!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:


You can also use the boneless. I like the bone in because of the flavor, but my husband doesn’t so for him I buy the skinless boneless thighs.