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This Chicken Skillet recipe is a quick 30-minute meal with seasoned chicken coated in BBQ sauce along with veggies like bell peppers, zucchini, and corn. If you want an easy weeknight meal, this chicken with BBQ sauce is a great one pot chicken recipe to try!
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Easy BBQ Chicken Skillet Recipe
This recipe for chicken skillet is here to save your next busy weeknight! It’s so easy to make, loaded with chicken and veggies, and ready in 30 minutes.
You can serve this skillet chicken breast recipe with a variety of side dishes, so it never gets boring. Serve it over rice, with pasta, or add a salad or other vegetable side dish to go with it.
It starts with a simple seasoning rub for the chicken, made with familiar spices I bet you already have on hand.
From there, you cook the chicken and then the veggies. Finish it up with a simple BBQ sauce to pull the whole thing together.
If you’re looking for an easy 30-minute dinner, this chicken recipe with barbecue sauce has your name on it!
Ingredients in BBQ Skillet Chicken
Chicken: Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
Spices: Salt and black pepper, Onion powder, Garlic powder, Smoked paprika – the paprika gives it that smokey bbq flavor!
Olive oil: Just a little bit to get the recipe going.
Onion, Peppers, Garlic: Dice your onions and peppers and mince your garlic.
Zucchini: This is my favorite vegetable to use – you can swap your favorite squash.
Canned corn: Or you can use thawed frozen corn.
Chicken stock or water: Helps get all the bits up off the pan, and makes a sauce.
Barbecue sauce: Use your favorite flavor! I love G. Hughes Sugar-Free sauces.
Green onions and cilantro: For garnish
How to Make Chicken Breast in a Skillet
- Season the chicken with the spices, and then cook the chicken pieces in a large skillet over medium heat. Once it’s cooked through, remove the chicken and set it aside.
- Cook the onion and bell pepper in the same skillet for a couple of minutes. Add the garlic, zucchini, and corn. Cook it all for a few minutes more while stirring.
- Add the stock to the pan and while it bubbles, scrape up any browned bits off the bottom of the skillet. Add the BBQ sauce and stir.
- Add the chicken back to the pan and stir well to coat everything evenly in the sauce. Add the green onion, stir, and garnish with the chopped cilantro for serving.
Want to switch up this chicken with BBQ sauce? Just make some swaps to make it a whole new meal!
- You can use any vegetable you like – different kinds of peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach… lots of options! Just keep in mind the cooking time will vary based on what you use.
- Switch up the BBQ sauce – there are so many options now you could choose a different one each time and never have this dish the same way twice.
- Sometimes, I cook whole chicken breasts instead of bite-sized pieces. It just takes longer to cook whole chicken breast in a skillet.
- You can also use a premade seasoning for the chicken, like taco seasoning, instead of mixing your own.
- Swap chicken thighs if you prefer dark meat.
How to Serve Chicken Skillet
Want some side dish ideas to go with this easy skillet chicken recipe? I have you covered – here are my favorites:
- Rice: Cooked white rice, brown rice, or cauliflower rice are great with this chicken skillet recipe.
- Pasta: Add some cooked pasta like penne, orecchiette, rotini, or ziti.
- Cooked Veggies: I love this dish with a side of roasted carrots or roasted potatoes!
- Salad: Make a tossed green salad with your favorite dressing
For this chicken breast skillet, the chicken is seasoned with a spice rub first. At the very least, you should always season chicken with salt and pepper before cooking it.
Don’t overcook it. Chicken is done when the internal temperature is 165°F. Bite-sized chicken pieces will cook pretty fast, so once the juices are clear and no longer pink in the middle, they’re done.
The best way to add flavor to chicken is to season it before cooking. You can do this with a dry spice rub or marinate it in a marinade. For this recipe, the spice rub adds tons of flavor!
I’ve made this recipe with salsa instead of barbecue sauce, and it works great! Or, swap the BBQ sauce for canned tomatoes plus all the juices to make the sauce.
Tender chicken, lots of veggies, and ready in 30 minutes – this is the best chicken skillet! Grab the ingredients at the store and give it a try this week. I know you will love it!
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BBQ Chicken Skillet Recipe
- 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ½ cup (134 g) yellow onion, diced
- 1 medium (227 g) red bell pepper, diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 medium (345 g) zucchini, diced
- 1 can 14.5 ounces/412 g corn, drained
- ¼ cup chicken stock or water
- ¼ cup barbecue sauce
- 1-2 green onions diced
- Cilantro optional, for serving
- For serving rice or pasta optional
- Dice chicken into bite size pieces. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika and toss to coat.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil. Once pan is hot, add the chicken in a single layer. Cook 7-10 minutes, or until fully cooked through, turning once after about 4-5 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate and set aside.
- Add onion and bell pepper to the pan and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds, then add zucchini and corn. Cook, stirring, just about 2 minutes. Add stock and use a wooden spoon or spatula to deglaze the pan (scrape all the bits off the bottom). Add barbecue sauce and stir to combine, then add chicken back to pan.
- Toss to combine all the sauce with the chicken and vegetables. Add green onion and just cook until chicken is hot. Serve immediately and garnish with cilantro, if desired.
- Serving suggestions: Serve over rice or cauliflower rice, or pasta. Or serve alone with a side salad.
If you want an easy weeknight meal, this BBQ chicken skillet is a recipe to try – it’s so easy to make and so delicious!