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Easy Barbecue Chicken with Rice

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Easy Barbecue Chicken with Rice on plate

You know those days when…

…you’re so busy that there’s no room in your brain to think about what you’re going to make for dinner…

…taking something out of the freezer to defrost is the last thing on your mind…

…you feel like you should eat something healthy for dinner because your willpower to avoid junk food during the day didn’t work out so well…

…you get home late from work, running errands, or whatever, and hold the fridge doors open, just staring with a dazed look over your face at what’s in there while trying to come up with what to make for dinner…

For “all of the above”, a busy day go-to meal like this one may be just the thing.

This easy BBQ chicken is one of those meals.

There are just a handful of ingredients in this dish.

The main ingredients are boneless skinless chicken breast, premade barbecue sauce and cooked rice.

This delicious meal can also be served with a vegetables or salad if you like.

Here are more easy main dishes that are made with chicken you may like “Lime Spicy Chicken and Black Bean Bowl“, “Chinese Chicken Salad with Homemade Dressing” and “Fried Chicken and Bacon Gravy Sliders“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Easy Barbecue Chicken with Rice ingredients

For the Chicken – BBQ sauce that’s a bit on the sweet side, boneless skinless chicken breasts,  olive oil, dried red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, something with a little crunch to top the dish off like green onions, sesame seeds, or finely chopped peanuts

For the Rice – brown rice (or white if preferred), water and butter

BBQ sauce that’s just a little on the sweet side works well in this recipe because when adding the red pepper flakes, that sweet, hot, and repeat taste with the chicken is really good.

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

For the Rice:

Brown rice in colander

Rinse and drain the rice.

Add brown rice to rice cooker pan

Add the rice to the cooker.

Add water to rice cooker pan

Add the water…

Rice cooker covered with lid

…cover with the lid and cook the rice….all I have to say is thank goodness for rice cookers.

When the rice is done cooking (about 30 minutes), gently stir the butter in with the hot rice.

For the Chicken:

Cut uncooked chicken on plate with knife

While the rice is cooking, cut the chicken in small 1-inch pieces.

Cut uncooked chicken on plate

Sprinkle pepper and…

Cut uncooked chicken on plate

salt on the chicken.

Add olive oil in pot

Heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat and add the olive oil.

Cook cut pieces of chicken in pot

Add the chicken and crushed red pepper.

Cook cut pieces of chicken in pan

Stir and cook the chicken until it’s completely cooked.

Cook chicken with barbecue sauce in pan

Then,

Cook chicken with barbecue sauce in pan

add the barbecue sauce.

Stir until all pieces of the chicken are coated with the sauce.

Chopped green onion on cutting board with knife

Next,

Easy Barbecue Chicken with Rice on plate

serve the chicken right out of the skillet over hot rice.

Easy Barbecue Chicken with Rice on plate

Top with green onions…

Easy Barbecue Chicken with Rice on plate

Easy Barbecue Chicken with Rice on plate

…and a pinch of dried red pepper flakes for garnish.

Easy Barbecue Chicken with Rice on plate

Then…

Easy Barbecue Chicken with Rice on fork

enjoy.

Thank you so much for stopping by CCC!

More Quick and Easy recipes with rice:

Grilled Shrimp with Brown Butter and Rice

Chipotle Chicken Fajitas with Rice

Quick and Easy Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice

Jalapeno Garlic Zucchini with Brown Rice

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Easy Barbecue Chicken with Rice

Easy Barbecue Chicken with Rice

Maximum weekday or weekend dinner luxury.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total includes time to cook the rice in a rice cooker: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in small pieces (about 1-inch pieces)
  • 1/8  teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup prepared barbecue sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes or to taste (for the chicken)
  • 2 servings of warm cooked brown or white rice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened (for the rice)
  • 2 to 3 pinches of dried crushed red pepper flakes (for garnish)
  • 2 green onions, chopped (including the green part) (for garnish)

Instructions

  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on the chicken. 
  • Heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. Add the chicken and crushed red pepper. Stir and cook the chicken until its completely cooked (for 7 to 10 minutes).
  • Add the barbecue sauce. Stir until all pieces of the chicken are coated with the sauce. 
  • To Serve - Mix butter in with the warm rice. Serve the chicken right out of the skillet over warm rice. Garnish with dried red pepper flakes and chopped green onion.

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