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Chicken Thighs with Roasted Garlic Lemon Barbecue Sauce

Take the time to roast an entire head of garlic, which you can do ahead,* to infuse your favorite barbecue sauce with a full-bodied caramelized edge. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice and zest brighten it all up and blends beautifully when grilled.

Servings 4
Total Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Total Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes


  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 4 (20 ounces) Just Bare Bone-In Chicken Thighs
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 cups fresh watercress leaves
  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped seedless cucumber
  • 1 cup yellow or red cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint or thyme
  • 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta or goat cheese

Nutrition Facts

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 485 Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Trans Fat 1g 40%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 28g
Calcium 24%Iron 16%
Vitamin C 38%Vitamin A 30%

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


  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Slice the top off of garlic, just exposing the cloves. Place on a 6-inch square of foil; drizzle with olive oil and wrap foil around garlic. Place in oven; roast 30 to 35 minutes or until garlic feels very soft when pressed.
  2. Squeeze garlic cloves from papery skins; mash with fork in small bowl. Stir in barbecue sauce, lemon juice, and lemon peel until well blended. Set half of sauce aside to brush onto chicken during grilling; save the remainder to serve at the table.
  3. Heat grill to medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place chicken, skin-side down, on grill. Cover and cook 25 to 30 minutes or until no longer pink near bone (165°F internally). Begin brushing chicken with sauce about half-way through cooking time, brushing and turning chicken until it gets dark and crispy.
  4. Meanwhile toss watercress, cucumber, tomato, onion, and mint together in medium bowl. Drizzle with vinegar and sprinkle with cheese. Serve with grilled chicken, with additional barbecue sauce alongside.


Just Bare® Chicken Drumsticks may be substituted for Just Bare® Bone-In Chicken Thighs.

Jarred roasted garlic may be substituted for the head of garlic as a shortcut if time is at a premium.