Easy Weeknight Barbecue Chicken

Whether you like your chicken grilled, pulled, or chopped, these guaranteed-to-please chicken recipes are sure to satisfy your barbecue craving.

  • Barbecue Chicken with Mustard Glaze
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Barbecue Chicken with Mustard Glaze

    The tangy-sweet mustard glaze sets this quick and easy barbecue chicken recipe apart from the rest. This will be a top pick for dark meat chicken fans.
  • <p>BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Pickle Juice Slaw</p>

    BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Pickle Juice Slaw

    This 15-minute recipe relies on rotisserie chicken and bottled barbecue sauce for convenience. Homemade pickle juice slaw top these sandwiches off with crunch and tang.
  • Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sliders
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sliders

    Make these easy barbecue pulled chicken sliders by pairing shredded rotisserie chicken with homemade barbecue sauce for a speedy weeknight meal.
  • Barbecue Apricot Chicken
    Photo: Beatriz Da Costa

    Barbecue Apricot Chicken

    Fresh fruit flavor shouldn't be limited to summer sides, desserts, and margaritas. Bring the sweet flavor of apricot jam to the table in this oven-baked chicken dinner. Simmer the five-ingredient sauce for 15 minutes, then pour over chicken and bake for an hour. Pair with mashed potatoes or a green salad, roll up your sleeves, and dig in.
  • Barbecue Chicken Sliders with Pickled Onions

    Barbecue Chicken Sliders with Pickled Onions

    Toss shredded, grilled chicken thighs in a tangy vinegar-based barbecue sauce and serve on dinner rolls. These little barbecue sandwiches are easy to hold on to and easy to love.
  • Cornmeal Cakes with Smoked Chicken and Coleslaw
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Cornmeal Cakes with Smoked Chicken and Coleslaw

    Pick up coleslaw, smoked chicken, and sauce from your favorite barbecue joint to create this easy spin on barbecue chicken.
  • Quick Barbecue Chicken
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Quick Barbecue Chicken

    Instead of marinating or basting, simply rub the chicken breasts with a spice mixture of chili powder, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper and put them on the grill.
  • Asian Barbecue Chicken
    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Asian Barbecue Chicken

    Barbecue doesn't have to mean sides of green beans and potato salad. Spin the main dish Asian-style by preparing a bold marinade with flavorful ingredients such as curry powder, lime sauce, soy sauce, and brown sugar. This dish needs to marinate, so prep the chicken thighs in the morning. Once it's marinated, the chicken cooks in about 20 minutes, and the sauce in about two minutes.
  • Barbecue Chicken Pizza

    Barbecue Chicken Pizza

    Lose the bun and move shredded barbecue chicken onto a pizza crust for a tasty fusion of Italian and Tex-Mex flavors. Smoky Gouda cheese adds rich flavor to the tangy pie, flavored with cilantro and red onion. Start with store-bought crust to save time on a busy weeknight.
  • Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
    Photo: Raymond Hom; Styling: Pamela Duncan Silver

    Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

    Summer dinner guests are guaranteed to be impressed with this deceptively easy recipe, which includes a seven-ingredient rub and a simple 15-minute sauce that comes together while the chicken grills. Serve on buns, over fresh greens, or on top of a baked potato for a filling dinner.
  • Chicken with Peanut-Butter Barbecue Sauce
    Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Elizabeth Blake

    Chicken with Peanut-Butter Barbecue Sauce

    Creamy peanut butter is an unexpected addition to bottled barbecue sauce. Serve this easy slow-cooker meal with steamed broccoli and cornbread.
  • Spicy Backyard Barbecue Chicken Fajitas
    Jim Franco

    Spicy Backyard Barbecue Chicken Fajitas

    Prep this recipe the night before by allowing chicken to marinate in store-bought barbecue sauce. After the meat is grilled, load the pulled pieces into warm tortillas and top with fresh salsa and guacamole for a Mexican-inspired barbecue chicken dish.
  • Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

    Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

    Move over, clubs, this stacker is sure to headline the sandwich category for the summer. This sandwich is ready to eat in about five minutes, thanks to the use of bottled sauce and store-bought rotisserie chicken. Dress up the bottled barbecue sauce with chili powder and pineapple preserves to add a tangy, homemade taste.
  • Honey Barbecue Chicken

    Honey Barbecue Chicken

    Crank up the grill and get cooking to savor this sweet-and-tangy chicken dish. The Honey Barbecue Sauce, made with Worcestershire, lemon juice, and honey, adds bold flavor to the grilled chicken pieces. Make this on a night when you can sit on the back porch and enjoy the grilling process.
  • Chopped Barbecued Chicken Salad
    Photo: James Carrier

    Chopped Barbecued Chicken Salad

    Use on-hand ingredients such as bottled barbecue sauce, rotisserie chicken, and canned beans and toss together a hearty main dish salad.
  • BBQ Chicken Salad Subs
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

    BBQ Chicken Salad Subs

    You can find most of the ingredients for these quick and delicious sandwiches pre-prepped at the grocery store.
  • Slow-Cooker Barbecue Chicken
    Photo: Kate Mathis; Styling: Paul Grimes

    Slow-Cooker Barbecue Chicken

    Cook chicken breasts in a mixture of bottle barbecue sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce for a sweet and tangy barbecue chicken that’s great on a bun over even over a baked potato.
  • Skillet Barbecue Chicken
    Oxmoor House

    Skillet Barbecue Chicken

    Two of the best features of this easy chicken dish are that it dresses up a store-bought barbecue sauce and everything is cooked in the same skillet.
  • Quick BBQ Chicken Pizzas
    Photo: Jason Wallis; Styling: Cindy Barr  

    Quick BBQ Chicken Pizzas

    Use store-bought ingredients like rotisserie chicken, marinara sauce, barbecue sauce, and prepackaged thin pizza crusts to make this quick and easy meal. Baking the pizzas directly on the oven rack gives you a crisp crust in less time.
  • Grilled Chicken with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce
    Photo: Squire Fox; Stylist: Justin Schram, Kenneth Hyatt

    Grilled Chicken with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce

    This simple barbecue chicken recipe has quickly become a reader favorite and summer go-to meal. Your whole family will love the sweet, tangy taste of this chicken.
  • Raspberry-Barbecue Chicken

    Raspberry-Barbecue Chicken

    Make a fruity basting sauce for grilled chicken by adding raspberry preserves to bottled barbecue sauce. Substitute any of our quick-to-make sauce variations below for a spicy twist.
  • Barbecue-Stuffed Potatoes
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Barbecue-Stuffed Potatoes

    The home-style flavors of baked potatoes topped with tender barbecue chicken and all the fixin's are perfect for a hearty weeknight supper.
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