BBQ Chicken on the Stove



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Juicy BBQ Chicken made on the stove is a quick and easy dinner ready in under 30 minutes! After cooking boneless skinless chicken breasts in a skillet, you will make a BBQ pan sauce that coats the chicken and adds so much tangy, rich flavor.

A quick and easy dinner made on the stove is my kind of dinner. Especially when it’s a meal that I know my 9 year old will approve of. This BBQ Chicken recipe is one of my weeknight go-to meals.

Not only is this BBQ chicken juicy and delicious, did I mention it’s ready in under 30 minutes? When you’ve got a weeknight packed full of activities and places to be, you need recipes that come together quickly. You’re going to love this BBQ Chicken. Let’s cook it together!

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How to Make BBQ Chicken on the Stove

Here is a brief overview of how to BBQ Chicken on the stove in a skillet. The full recipe including ingredient amounts can be found in the printable recipe card below.

  1. Prepare the chicken: to ensure even cooking, pound the chicken to ½ inch thickness. More details on how to do this below.
  2. Season the chicken: season both sides of the chicken with your favorite poultry dry rub, my homemade dry rub, or simply season liberally with salt and black pepper to keep things simple.
  3. Heat a skillet: heat olive oil and butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Cook the chicken: add the chicken to the skillet. Cook for 5-7 minutes, then flip and cook an additional 5-7 minutes longer until the chicken is cooked through and the internal temp using a meat thermometer is 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from pan.
  5. Make the BBQ Pan sauce: to the same pan over medium-high heat, add bbq sauce, chicken broth, apple cider vinegar, and brown sugar. Whisk to combine, making sure to scrape up any bits left behind on the bottom of the pan. Allow the BBQ pan sauce to simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Return the chicken to the pan: add the chicken back to the pan and use a spoon to coat the chicken with sauce. Simmer for a few minutes longer then serve.
chicken with BBQ pan sauce

BBQ Sauce

Using a delicious BBQ sauce is important!

My recipe for homemade BBQ Sauce is delicious, but even I don’t always feel like making BBQ sauce from scratch. Especially on a busy weeknight. Feel free to use your favorite store bought BBQ sauce which really comes down to personal preference. Do you like sweet? Tangy? Smoky? Sweet?

I tend to gravitate towards Sweet Baby Ray’s or Stubbs but there are so many delicious options available.

BBQ Chicken made in the skillet
jar of homemade Barbecue Sauce with a spoon beside.
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Homemade Barbecue Sauce

A sweet and tangy homemade barbecue sauce you will want to drink by the gallon. Perfect for dips, marinades, grilling, and just about everything else.
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Pounding Chicken

Pounding chicken to an even thickness helps ensure that it cooks evenly. For this recipe I recommend pounding chicken to about ½ inch thickness.

  1. Cover the chicken with plastic wrap or place it in a zip-lock bag.
  2. Use a meat mallet, a heavy skillet, or even a rolling pin to gently pound the chicken.
  3. Start from the center and work your way out.
  4. Pound until chicken is ½ inch thick.

BBQ Pan Sauce

BBQ Pan sauce for chicken adds so much flavor to both skillet-cooked chicken and grilled chicken. You only need a few ingredients to make BBQ Pan Sauce. Full instructions are below on how to make it:

  • BBQ sauce
  • chicken broth
  • apple cider vinegar
  • brown sugar

You’ll combine all of the pan sauce ingredients in a skillet, bring it to a simmer, and allow it to simmer for 5-10 minutes. This sauce will coat the chicken and adds so much delicious flavor to chicken.

Chicken Temp

Chicken should be cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. I highly recommend using an instant read thermometer to check the temperature of your meat as it cooks.

What Goes with BBQ Chicken?

BBQ Chicken pairs perfectly with a variety of sides. Try some of our favorites:

My son loves when I chop up the chicken and add it to Mac N’ Cheese! BBQ Chicken Mac n’ Cheese is a great use for leftovers!

BBQ chicken macaroni and cheese

If you try this BBQ Chicken Recipe made on the stove or any of my other recipes, let me know what you think! I love hearing from you.

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BBQ Chicken on the Stove

Juicy BBQ Chicken made on the stove is a quick and easy dinner ready in under 30 minutes!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • poultry rub, or salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablesppoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


  • Prepare the chicken: pound chicken breasts to ½ inch thickness.
  • Season the chicken: season both sides of the chicken liberally with your favorite poultry rub or salt and pepper to taste.
  • Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Cook chicken: add chicken to the skillet and cook for 5-7 minutes, then flip the chicken and continue cooking for another 5-7 minutes, or until the chicken has reached an internal temp of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  • Make the BBQ pan sauce: to the skillet add bbq sauce, chicken broth, apple cider vinegar and brown sugar. Whisk to combine, scraping up any bits on the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer, then simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  • Return the chicken to the pan and spoon the sauce over the chicken. Continue cooking for a few minutes to coat the chicken with BBQ pan sauce.
  • Serve and enjoy!
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