Best Oven Baked Chicken


This is one of my favorite baked chicken recipes, and it was given to me by a neighbor many years ago. I've been making it ever since whenever the weather is cool and it is cozy to have the oven on. It is a no-fail, super easy recipe, and I guarantee it will please your family and friends. The recipe can also be made with a cut-up chicken.

close up view of Oven Baked Chicken on a colorful plate
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins


  • ½ cup water

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced

  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon honey, or more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • teaspoon poultry seasoning

  • 1 (4 to 6 pound) whole chicken


  1. Stir water, ketchup, onion, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, honey, flour, garlic powder, black pepper, and poultry seasoning together in an oven-safe Dutch oven. Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until flavors blend, about 5 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  3. Place chicken in the Dutch oven and turn to coat with ketchup mixture. Spoon 1/4 of the mixture, including onions, into the chicken cavity. Place chicken breast-side down; cover with an oven-proof lid.

  4. Bake chicken in the preheated oven, basting once, for 45 minutes. Uncover the Dutch oven and increase heat to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  5. Turn chicken breast-side up and bake until chicken has browned, about 15 more minutes. Let chicken stand for about 10 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes:

Serve with pan juices. This recipe does not need salt because of the soy and Worcestershire sauces, but feel free to add salt to your taste.

It is unnecessary to cook the mixture before adding the chicken to coat, but I find that the onion flavor goes through the marinade better if simmered a bit before adding the chicken.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

551 Calories
31g Fat
14g Carbs
52g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 551
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 162mg 54%
Sodium 790mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 52g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 634mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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