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Overhead close up view of celebration chicken in a casserole dish

Celebration Chicken

A sweet, savory, tangy chicken recipe that's perfect for your next cookout or potluck.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword family cookout, potluck, summer barbecue
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 369kcal


  • Medium bowl
  • Whisk
  • Oven
  • Large skillet
  • 9x13 baking dish lightly greased
  • Aluminum Foil


For the Sauce

  • 1 2-ounce packet onion soup & dip mix
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup bbq sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup water

For the Chicken

  • 3 pounds chicken see Notes
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 medium onions sliced
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or other neutral oil


  • In medium bowl, whisk together all sauce ingredients until well combined. Set aside.
    Sauce for celebration chicken in a large glass mixing bowl.
  • Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit. Lightly season chicken with salt and pepper. Set aside.
    Raw, seasoned chicken thighs and drumsticks on a round plate.
  • Place onion slices in bottom of 9x13 baking dish. Set aside.
    Onion slices lining bottom of a greased 9x13 baking dish.
  • Add avocado oil to large skillet and warm over medium heat. Once oil is hot, place chicken in skillet (working in batches as needed) and cook 3 to 4 minutes, until browned. Flip chicken and cook another 3 to 4 minutes until browned on other side. Repeat with any remaining chicken.
    Chicken thighs and drumsticks in large skillet.
  • Transfer browned chicken to baking dish on top of onions, placing chicken in one even layer.
    Browned chicken pieces on top of onions in bottom of 9x13 baking dish.
  • Pour sauce mixture over chicken, coating thoroughly. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and place in preheated oven. Bake, covered, 25 minutes.
    Celebration chicken, unbaked, in 9x13 baking dish after sauce has been added.
  • After 25 minutes, remove foil from baking dish. Return uncovered dish to oven and bake another 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked through. Divide chicken and onions evenly onto plates and serve warm with desired sides.
    Overhead view of baked celebration chicken in a white 9x13 rectangular baking dish.


  • Chicken: Any type of chicken will work here - boneless or bone-in; thighs, drumsticks, breasts. I used bone-in thighs and drumsticks.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 490mg | Potassium: 393mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 334IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 28g