A simple quick and delicious Low Syn recipe for Stove Top BBQ Chicken that the whole family will love.
One of the kids favourite recipes which I make often is this Stove Topped BBQ Pulled Pork, it's a great way of making pulled pork when you are short on time, as it doesn't need slow cooking like regular pulled pork, but still has that amazing taste and the meat is lovely and tender.
If you haven't yet tried it yet, check out the recipe and make it along with this new variation - Stove Top BBQ Chicken.
I actually had some chicken thighs defrosted out of the freezer for dinner and was trying to decide what to make. I had planned my Hoisin Chicken (which is another dish the kid's love), but I tend to serve that with rice and stir-fried veggies and the kids had requested some Potato Wedges. So I figured it was a good time to make something different.
A Stove Top BBQ Chicken just seemed like the perfect main to go alongside the Syn Free Garlic and Herb Wedges I had prepped. Which I have to add are pretty darn delicious, full of that lovely garlic flavour and sweet buttery Yukon Gold Potatoes.
Seriously the best potatoes you can buy. Look out for the Elfe variety of potato in the UK, which is a similar variety.
They are my favourite potato to use and feature regularly in my Syn Free Mashed Potatoes.
Before making a start on the Stove Top BBQ Chicken, I quickly had a search of the veggie tray and fridge to see what I could put together for some speed foods.
This is regular routine in my house because if I do not have the right speed foods to accompany a dish, I will often change my mind and make something else.
Some sauteed peppers and onions seemed like a great choice. I cooked those separately rather than adding to the pan for the BBQ Chicken. I'll be getting the full recipe for how I made the sauteed peppers and onion up on the blog very soon. They are a great side dish to so many main courses, especially grilled meats, sausages etc.
Speed foods are an important part of Slimming World as you will discover on my post The Benefit of Speed Foods. I also recommend reading over my Speed Before Free Foods post too, which will give you some great tips for making sure those speed foods get added to your plate.
I use chicken thighs for this Stove Top BBQ Chicken - I just think that cut of meat works better for this style of cooking. The meat stays lovely and tender with the tangy sweet BBQ sauce - so yummy!!
If you don't fancy the suggested Garlic and Herb Potato Wedges, here are a few other delicious sides to choose from:
- Syn Free Extra Crispy Potatoes
- Syn Free Scalloped Potatoes
- Perfect Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- Butternut Squash Fries (great if you are doing a SP day)
- Syn Free Curly Fries
- Roasted Butternut Squash Rice
- Crushed Roast Potatoes
- Leek and Potato Bake
- Garlic Hasselback Potatoes
and if that’s not enough to choose from, don’t forget my FULL RECIPE INDEX with over 500+ delicious Slimming World Recipes.
For the delicious smokey bbq sauce, I use my regular blend of spices and some passata, along with a mixture of vinegar and soy sauce, with my favourite maple syrup to sweeten. It's what I've been using for years when I want a quick BBQ marinade and it really works perfectly for this Stove Top BBQ Chicken.
For the cooking, add the sauce ingredients to the pan first, then before turning on the heat, add in the chicken thighs, I just sliced them in half, don't chop them up small. I also add a sliced red onion as it really adds to the flavour.
Now here is where the magic comes in, once you turn on that heat and get it to the bubbling stage, you really don't want to touch the chicken or move the ingredients around, this is really important for the cooking process. Halfway through the cooking time, you can carefully turn over the chicken pieces, but that's it, there really is nothing else to do to it. It does the magic all by itself, trust me.
Once the chicken is cooked, remove from the pan, slice/shred with a sharp knife, add it back to the sauce and stir just to coat all the chicken pieces in the sauce. Amazing!!!
It gives a perfect amount of sauce for us, but if you like your BBQ chicken a little more saucy (Ooooh errr!!), then just add in a little water and bubble it for a few more minutes just to thicken.
Dish up and serve with your choice of sides, in my case, it was those amazing Garlic and Herb Potato Wedges and Sauteed Peppers and Onion - delicious!!
BTW if you have a healthy extra B choice spare, this Stove Top BBQ Chicken would be amazing on a Wholemeal Roll, like a burger. You could even add a little cheddar if you have a healthy extra spare too. Now there is a thought.
WHAT KITCHEN ITEMS DO I NEED TO THIS STOVE TOP BBQ CHICKEN?
- Kitchen Scales
- Measuring Spoons
- Measuring Jug
- Chopping Board
- Santoku Knife (perfect knife for chopping veg)
- Wooden Spoon
- Deep Lidded Frying Pan
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How to Make Stove Top BBQ Chicken
Low Syn Stove Top BBQ Chicken | Slimming World
Yield 3 servings
This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, Paleo, Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly
- Extra Easy - 1 syn per serving
- Original/SP - 1 syn per serving
- WW Smart Points - 5
*Suitable for freezing
- 500g of uncooked boneless chicken thighs, any visible fat removed
- 1 small red onion, sliced
- ¾ cup (180ml) Passata (or crushed tomatoes)
- 1 cup (240ml) water
- 2 cloves of garlic crushed
- 0.5 tablespoon of cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of maple syrup (4 syns)
- 1.5 tablespoons of soy sauce (or tamari/coconut aminos)
- 2 tsp of paprika
- ½ tsp of chilli powder
- ½ tsp of smoked paprika (if using a hot variety, don’t add the chilli powder, unless you like a spicier barbecue sauce)
- ½ teaspoon of onion powder
- ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
- pinch of mustard powder
- Slice each chicken thigh in half.
- Add all the ingredients for the bbq sauce to a deep frying pan, and stir to combine.
- Add in the chicken thighs and red onion. (they should be just covered in the sauce)
- Put the heat underneath on high and bring to a boil, once it starts to bubble, reduce heat to medium and leave it to bubble for 18 mins (do not touch or stir in this time, apart from turning over the chicken pieces half way through the cooking time). You want that sauce to really reduce down around the chicken, however if it reduces too much, just add a little bit more water.
- Once cooked, remove chicken pieces from pan and transfer to a chopping board and using a sharp knife, shred into slices and add back to the sauce stirring to coat.
- Serve with your choice of sides.
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Serving Size 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6.3 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Cholesterol 124 mg
Sodium 819 mg
Total Carbohydrates 14.8 g
Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
Sugars 8.3 g
Protein 30.9 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.