BBQ Orange Baked Chicken

April 11, 2024 - Country Cooking

BBQ Orange Baked Chicken is an easy freezer meal that can be assembled ahead of time in a freezer bag and frozen until you are ready to cook it. Makes dinner time so easy!

Then just thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and bake it for 45 minutes. So easy for a busy weeknight meal.

Only 5 ingredients needed plus salt and pepper.

Sweet and Spicy Flavor

A combination of orange marmalade and spicy bbq sauce creates a sweet and tangy sauce for the chicken.

Simple Ingredients

Only 5 ingredients, plus salt and pepper are needed for this recipe: orange marmalade, spicy BBQ Sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and boneless, skinless chicken thighs.

Substitutions and Variations

Use peach preserves or apricot preserves in place of orange marmalade.

Use soy sauce in place of Worcestershire sauce.

Add crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper for extra spice.

How Far In Advance To Make

You want to give the chicken time to soak up the flavors of the marinade/sauce. It works great to mix all the ingredients together in a ziplock bag in the morning and refrigerate until supper time. Or you can freeze for up to 3 months. Go ahead and make 2 or 3 batches so you have some extra freezer meals stashed away.

How To Serve BBQ Orange Baked Chicken

Goes great with some Orange Rice, Lemon Butter Broccoli, Southern-Style Green Beans, Yeast Rolls, Marinated Tomato, Cucumber and Onion Salad, or BBQ Ranch Cornbread Salad.

How To Store

Leftovers will keep in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. Reheat in microwave.

More Easy Chicken Recipes

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Baked Apricot Chicken

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Applesauce BBQ Chicken

Italian Dressing Chicken

Melt in Your Mouth Chicken


BBQ Orange Baked Chicken

BBQ Orange Baked Chicken is an easy freezer meal that can be assembled ahead of time in a freezer bag and frozen until you are ready to cook it. Makes dinner time so easy!
Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine Southern
Keyword baked chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes minutes
Refrigerate 2 hours hours
Total Time 2 hours hours 50 minutes minutes
Servings 6
Calories 232kcal


½ cup orange marmalade cup spicy BBQ Sauce2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce1 tablespoon lemon juice6 boneless, skinless chicken thighssalt and pepper


Whisk together first 4 ingredients in a bowl.

Transfer to a large ziptop freezer bag. Add chicken and turn to coat.

Refrigerate for 2 to 8 hours or freeze for up to 2 months.
If frozen, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place contents of freezer bag in a greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Spread chicken out evenly.

Bake for 45 minutes. Baste with sauce and then broil for a few minutes.


Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used. Not to be used for specific dietary needs.


Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 371mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 84IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg

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