The Thigh Who Loved Me (A Winner Recipe For Oven Barbecue Chicken That You Wouldn't Guess Is Lowfat)

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"I'm not normally a fan of oven barbecue chicken, but since making this particular recipe I have changed my mind. It is scrumptious and you would never guess that it's lowfat. Better yet, if you skin your chicken either the night before or earlier in the day it's quick and easy for a weeknight meal! I've changed the recipe slightly from it's original form to satisfy our tastes. Pares great with potato salad, pasta salad, or a side of beans. Yum! Source for this recipe is from sisters Janet and Greta Podleski who author lowfat cookbooks with amusing recipe names that you'd swear are fattening."

Original recipe yields 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (446.3 g)
  • Calories 741.4
  • Total Fat - 28.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 7.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 459.3 mg
  • Sodium - 995.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 34.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.3 g
  • Sugars - 28.6 g
  • Protein - 83.1 g
  • Calcium - 62.8 mg
  • Iron - 4.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 2.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step 1

Trim off any visible fat from chicken. Arrange thighs in a single layer in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Set aside.

Step 2

IN a medium bowl, whisk together ketchup, salsa, honey, Dijon mustard, chili powder, and cumin until well blended. Pour sauce over chicken. Turn pieces to coat both sides with sauce.

Step 3

Bake, uncovered, at 400-degrees F for 45 minutes. When chicken is done, arrange thighs on a serving platter and keep warm.

Step 4

Pour sauce into a small saucepan, skimming off as much fat as possible.

Step 5

In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water until smooth. Add sauce. Bring to a boil, and cook until sauce thickens, stirring constantly. Pour extra sauce over chicken or serve it on the side as a dipping sauce.

Step 6

Hint: Chicken breasts or drumsticks can be used in place of thighs. If using chicken breasts, bake them for 30 minutes instead of 45.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Chicken was sweet and rich and nice. Easy to make. Good instructions.

review by:
(4 Jul 2020)


This was delicious. We really liked the chicken, and the honey-tomato glaze was really spooned over the chicken as well drizzled over some rice and broccoli that I served with the thighs. Thanks, ForeverMama.

review by:
(16 Jan 2018)


Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe ForeverMama. We loved the chicken prepare like this, the bbq sauce is wonderful, sweet and full of deep dark spicy flavor. Made FYC tag game.

review by:
(28 Oct 2016)


Made this for grandson's lunch earlier this week, it was a real hit so much so it's been added to my family favorites cook book. Other than scaling back for two I made as posted ... no cutting back next time around!

review by:
(14 Apr 2016)


I halved this recipe and made as instructed serving it with steamed vegetables and the dipping sauce. We both really enjoyed this and will be making it again soon.

review by:
(5 Apr 2016)

Bergy (RIP" Forever in our Kitchen)

This is a really super tasty recipe. I was a bit heavy with the chili (I love spicy) and cut the recipe back to 4 thighs for the two of us. The sauce was thick enough that I didn't have to use the cornstarch. Do again for sure. So easy & so good!

(17 Oct 2015)