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One-Pot BBQ Chicken and Rice

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This one-pot BBQ chicken and rice is a weeknight meal saver! It is loaded with flavor and it's basically like having your favorite BBQ restaurant chicken and rice dish at home!

One-pot BBQ chicken and rice saves my dinnertime struggle (and perhaps will save yours too!)

I am constantly looking for new ways to make one-pot meals and/or incorporate different flavors into dinner.

While I love leftovers, I don’t always love the same dishes weekly — if that makes sense? I just like being able to change things up. I’m a flavor girl. Spices, sauces, sign me up.

This original blog post was written in 2016 and I remember that one-pot meals were starting to pick up traction.

It seemed like everyone was doing a one-pot wonder and writing cookbooks on them.

I’m not knocking the idea, at all. I’m just reminiscing on when they started to gain popularity and to be honest, it’s pretty brilliant.

I guess one-pot meals have always been around but not to the extent that food writers have talked about them.

One-pot meals are incredible for busy families and overall, it’s just less mess and easier. I love them and I hope this one-pot BBQ chicken and rice dish will fit right into your busy weeknight schedule.

This one-pot BBQ chicken and rice is a weeknight meal saver! It is loaded with flavor and it's basically like having your favorite BBQ restaurant chicken and rice dish at home!

Tell me about this one-pot BBQ chicken and rice recipe

I am always a fan of one-pot meals and this one-pot BBQ chicken and rice dish is no exception.

Imagine this like going to your favorite BBQ restaurant and having side dishes except everything is now in one pot and cooks all together!

How do I make this one-pot BBQ chicken and rice recipe?

Super easy. The ingredient list isn’t that big (it looks long but it’s really a lot of ingredients you probably already have in your pantry or fridge).

Here’s a preview of the ingredient list:

  • BBQ sauce
  • Chicken thighs
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Corn
  • Beans
  • Cheese
  • Rice

Can I make this with something other than BBQ sauce?

You could but that would defeat the purpose of the recipe title! I am not sure what kind of sauce you would substitute in for the BBQ sauce; if you think of one and want to see if it’d work, let me know below in the comments.

This one-pot BBQ chicken and rice is a weeknight meal saver! It is loaded with flavor and it's basically like having your favorite BBQ restaurant chicken and rice dish at home!

What kind of BBQ sauce can I use?

The beauty of this one-pot BBQ chicken and rice recipe is that you can use any BBQ sauce that you love!

My favorite (and this is not sponsored) is Stubb’s Sweet Heat BBQ sauce.

I love sweet and spicy BBQ sauces. I’m not much of a fan of the mustard-based sauce.

Oh, speaking of which, when I say “any BBQ sauce,” I would stick to the thicker Kansas-city style BBQ sauces (think sweeter) and not the mustard-based ones because that could turn your dish into something way overpowering and unpleasant.

However, if you love mustard-based BBQ sauces in mass quantities, you can certainly use that in this too but this recipe was made for the sweeter, thicker BBQ sauces that you think of most often when you’re at the grocery store.

Can I use homemade BBQ sauce?

Absolutely!

What kind of rice?

I used regular short-grain white rice.

Definitely don’t use minute-rice or quick/instant rice here.

You could use brown rice but it would take longer to cook.

This one-pot BBQ chicken and rice is a weeknight meal saver! It is loaded with flavor and it's basically like having your favorite BBQ restaurant chicken and rice dish at home!

Can I use chicken breasts?

Preferably not because it could dry out. I love using boneless, skinless chicken thighs in almost all my one-pot/stovetop chicken dishes because the chance of it drying out and becoming tough is less with dark meat; however, if you really are averse to dark meat, you could use chicken breasts or even chicken tenders.

If you’re going to use chicken breasts, I highly suggest thinner ones and not super thick ones.

Can I add different beans to this?

I used canned black beans but you can use whatever canned bean you like.

Canned kidney beans would work well in this or even canned black-eyed peas.

What kind of add-ins could I add?

Anything you want but I feel that I have pretty decent add-ins into this already with the corn, beans, and rice!

What toppings for this one-pot BBQ chicken and rice recipe?

I sprinkled fresh tomatoes on top along with cilantro (but to be real — I picked off the cilantro because I have the gene that makes it taste like soap; I did it mainly for Jason and photographs) and of course you have to have avocado slices!

This one-pot BBQ chicken and rice is a weeknight meal saver! It is loaded with flavor and it's basically like having your favorite BBQ restaurant chicken and rice dish at home!

Can I bake this in the oven?

You definitely could! I would do covered at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20-25 minutes, or until rice and chicken is completely cooked through.

Bourbon makes things better.

Ha, it certainly does. The original recipe actually called for a splash of bourbon in the BBQ sauce but I know many readers don’t like cooking with alcohol (for personal reasons — totally fine) so I omitted the bourbon when I rewrote this recipe and retook photos. If you want to, a splash or two of bourbon in the BBQ sauce would make this one-pot BBQ chicken and rice dish even better!

This one-pot BBQ chicken and rice is a weeknight meal saver! It is loaded with flavor and it's basically like having your favorite BBQ restaurant chicken and rice dish at home!

This one-pot BBQ chicken and rice is a weeknight meal saver! It is loaded with flavor and it's basically like having your favorite BBQ restaurant chicken and rice dish at home!

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One-Pot BBQ Chicken and Rice

Weeknights are now made easier with this one-pot bbq chicken and rice dish that has loads of flavor and comes together super easily!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 6
Calories: 439kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

Ingredients

  • 1 cup your favorite BBQ sauce (see notes below)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1: 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup short-grain white rice, NOT quick/minute rice
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup freshly shredded colby jack cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Avocado, diced tomatoes, and parsley or cilantro, for topping

Instructions

  • In a large deep skillet or pot, add olive oil and place over medium-high heat. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper then brown chicken on both sides. Using a pastry brush, brush a generous amount of BBQ sauce onto the chicken on both sides while it is browning. Remove chicken from skillet once halfway cooked through, about 3-4 minutes. Set aside on a plate.
  • In the same skillet, add onion and garlic. Cook until softened then add corn and black beans. Toss to incorporate. Add the rice to the skillet and gently "toast" it for a couple minutes.
  • Carefully pour the chicken stock in the skillet and add the remaining BBQ sauce into the skillet. Stir to incorporate completely. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce to a medium-low heat. Place chicken back into skillet and nestled into the rice and liquid. Cook covered for 30 minutes, or until rice is completely cooked through.
  • Add cheese on top and cover skillet to melt. Once cheese has melted, remove skillet from heat and top with avocado, diced tomato, and parsley or cilantro, if desired.

Notes

When I say "your favorite BBQ sauce," I would stick to the thicker Kansas-city style BBQ sauces (think sweeter) and not the mustard-based ones because that could turn your dish into something way overpowering and unpleasant.
However, if you love mustard-based BBQ sauces in mass quantities, you can certainly use that in this too but this recipe was made for the sweeter, thicker BBQ sauces that you think of most often when you're at the grocery store.
Nutrition Facts
One-Pot BBQ Chicken and Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
Calories 439 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 32g64%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

Photography by Jesse Reilly

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Christina

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

Thank you so much for this recipe My family truly enjoyed it . I did use ore made chicken legs and thighs ( from previous bbq ) . Was such a tasty And flavorful meal ?

Jennifer

Tuesday 25th of August 2020

This was delicious. I actually used chicken breasts since I didn't have any thighs on hand. After browning and removing the chicken, I cut it into large cubes, and only cooked for 24 minutes. The chicken was not dry at all. I also used a full cup of rice (hungry family), and it was fine with the same amount of liquid. This got rave reviews from my entire family, including kids and teens.

Erika Reid

Thursday 13th of August 2020

How much time would you add if you use brown rice instead of white? IP newbie here! :)

Julie Chiou

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

i'm not sure since i haven't made brown rice in the IP before. i would probably add 10 more minutes?

Corinne

Tuesday 14th of July 2020

Excellent! This is definitely going into the usual dinner rotation! Thank you!

I only had chicken breasts and 10 min rice, so I reduced the simmering time to 15 min and it was perfect! I also only had green onions to top, but that turned out perfect also :) Super happy and full bellies!

Rachel

Thursday 12th of March 2020

I plan on making this tonight. Could I shred the chicken thighs up and mix them into the rice?

Julie Wampler

Sunday 15th of March 2020

definitely