Quick and Easy Barbecue Chicken

BBQ Chicken with Sugar Snap Peas and Quick Roasted Beets

BBQ Chicken with Sugar Snap Peas and Quick Roasted Beets

When winter comes around, I like to be reminded that spring is not far away, and then summer will be here. Sitting on the deck enjoying the rich, green forest all around us, Harris firing up the grill to cook something wonderful to eat, it makes me want to bring some of that feeling to a quick, inexpensive and savory meal. I love the idea of barbecue chicken, but I haven’t found a pit master who prepares it the way I want it. Often the meat is greasy and the skin is always a waste of a good ingredient. So this is my take on the subject—I know many of you will heartily disagree, so I hope you’ll find this recipe one you’ll enjoy for its own excellent qualities. Low and slow isn’t usually at the top of our must-do lists when making dinner. And the usual array of oven barbecue chicken recipes includes a gloppy, overly sweetened and processed sauce that you wouldn’t want to eat anyway. I wanted some tomato, a bit of smoky flavor, a background sweetness and a little heat. You’ll easily tweak it for your particular preferences. If there’s sauce left over, it’s great on grilled beef or pan-roasted pork.

BBQ Chicken Ingredients

BBQ Chicken Ingredients

BBQ Sauce Ingredients

BBQ Sauce Ingredients

BBQ Chicken Cooking

BBQ Chicken Cooking

BBQ Chicken

BBQ Chicken

The chicken is first cooked in a skillet to render out the fat on the skin side. Then it’s flipped over and nestled into the sauce to finish cooking on top of the stove. If you baste the top with the simmering sauce, it will soften the skin a bit, but it’s still quite fine. If you run the pan under the broiler for a couple of minutes, you can get back a bit of what’s lost in the steam, but it’s a fast and flavorful dish that will bring the promise of warmer times into your kitchen.

I found some yellow beets this week and thought they’d go nicely with the chicken and while the chicken is cooking, you can actually roast the beets and both will be done at the same time. The addition of some bright green sugar snap peas makes for a satisfying and welcome midweek meal.

Quick Roasted Beets

Quick Roasted Beets

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BBQ Chicken with Sugar Snap Peas and Quick Roasted Beets
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Quick and Easy Barbecue Chicken
Pan-roasted with a sauce that comes together in moments, barbecue chicken is no longer only for summer. You could use bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts. But sure to use a meat pounder to flatten out the thick end so the meat will cook evenly. I used a wonderful Korean-style fermented chili paste called gochujang, but you can use whatever chili paste you like.
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Pan-roasted with a sauce that comes together in moments, barbecue chicken is no longer only for summer. You could use bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts. But sure to use a meat pounder to flatten out the thick end so the meat will cook evenly. I used a wonderful Korean-style fermented chili paste called gochujang, but you can use whatever chili paste you like.
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  1. Pat chicken thighs dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. In a 12-inch skillet (not nonstick), place chicken skin side down and turn the burner to medium. You want the chicken skin to crisp gently to render out all the fat. If the chicken is cooking too quickly, turn the burner down. Do not move the chicken once it's placed in the pan. It will take about 15 minutes to cook the first side.
  2. Meanwhile combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl. Taste and correct for flavor.
  3. Remove the chicken from the pan and reserve the drippings in a small bowl for another recipe. It's delicious, don't waste it. Add the sauce ingredients and str until it starts to simmer. Add the chicken back to the pan, skin side up and cook for 15 minutes, regulating the heat as necessary to keep the sauce from burning. Baste the top of the chicken with sauce if you like, or if you want crispier skin, serve the sauce only on the side.
  4. Remove chicken and plate. Place sauce in a bowl to serve on the side.
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Quick Roasted Beets
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Whole roasted beets can take hours in the oven. This method gives you deep roasted flavor in only 30 minutes. If you're making the barbecue chicken recipe at the same time, you can use the reserved chicken fat instead of butter to serve.
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Whole roasted beets can take hours in the oven. This method gives you deep roasted flavor in only 30 minutes. If you're making the barbecue chicken recipe at the same time, you can use the reserved chicken fat instead of butter to serve.
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  1. Place beets on rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover pan with aluminum foil and seal, place pan in cold oven. Turn the oven to 425 degrees F. Roast for 30 minutes, turning pan around after 15 minutes. Beets should be tender and cooked through. Remove to a serving dish and top with butter and serve.
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Sugar Snap Peas
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Crisp and flavorful, this is a vegetable that put green on the side with style. Is it paleo? if you can eat it raw or lightly cooked, it's good to go as far as I'm concerned.
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Crisp and flavorful, this is a vegetable that put green on the side with style. Is it paleo? if you can eat it raw or lightly cooked, it's good to go as far as I'm concerned.
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  1. Be sure to remove the string from each sugar snap pea by using a paring knife at one end of the top of the pod and pulling up. In a 10-inch skillet, add 1 tbsp water and the butter and add the peas. Cook over medium high heat tossing occasionally for 5-7 minutes or until desired texture is reached. Season to taste with salt, pepper and cayenne.
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