Skillet Barbecued Chicken


Skillet Barbecued Chicken

Skillet Barbecued Chicken
55 Min

Who says you have to go outside to make an amazing BBQ dinner? Not us! With our recipe for Skillet Barbecued Chicken you can cook up a summer favorite...indoors! So, whether it's snowing, raining, or you just don't feel like firing up the grill, this barbecue chicken recipe is just perfect. Trust us, every bite is lip-smackin' good.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (3- to 3-1/2-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup steak sauce
  • 3/4 cup firmly-packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

What to Do

  1. In a large deep skillet over medium heat, melt butter; saute onion and garlic 5 to 7 minutes, or until onion is tender.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with salt then add it to skillet and cook 8 to 10 minutes, or until browned on all sides.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients; mix well then pour over chicken.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook 35 to 40 minutes, or until no pink remains in chicken, stirring occasionally.


  • If you love this stovetop bbq chicken recipe, then we suggest you check out our collection of Easy Skillet Meals. There's plenty of great ideas for tasty dinners like this one!

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Very good. I used bnls snlss chicken thighs and Thai sweet chili sauce for the pepper sauce and Penzy's BBQ 3001 for chili powder (don't like chili powder). I didn't have any steak sauce so it was left out. Served it over rice. The sauce was SO good.

Sounds great ! Am I safe in guessing this will work with boneless chicken pieces too ?

Hi there! While we haven't tried this recipe with boneless chicken, it will work. However, the cooking time will be less than bone-in chicken. Cook until chicken is no longer pink inside. Enjoy!

Can vegetable oil or light-tasting olive oil be used instead of the butter?

Absolutely - enjoy!

Can coconut oil be used in place of the butter? I'm looking forward to trying this indoor barbeque recipe with the Iowa blizzard forcast 4 days from nowo Thank you.

Hello! Yes, you can use coconut oil in place of the butter in this recipe. Enjoy!

This was very delicious. My husband said that this is a keeper.

I have all the ingredients for:The all American Fish Cakes, and will be making them tonight, I love all fish cakes. Mabel

This is a good recipe There is an easier version that uses 1 stick butter or margerine ...after browning chicken add a bottle of barbecue sauce and 1 cup water cover and simmer till chicken is tender

My husband really liked the barbeque sauce. I made more than the recipe called for because the recipe seemed kind of skimpy. The chicken was very tender. Easy to make and I will make this again for sure.


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