Ooooh, I ate good for lunch in the present day! 🤤 I whipped up this very easy Skillet Pineapple BBQ Chicken, spooned it over some rice, and glued just a little broccoli for the facet. I completely love skillet hen dishes as a result of the browning motion that you simply get in a skillet makes tremendous flavorful pan sauces with out the necessity for 1,000,000 substances. This sauce combines candy pineapple, tangy BBQ sauce, and the savory hen drippings for a to-die-for sauce. So straightforward and scrumptious, so little wanted.
I’ve had a factor currently for tremendous thinly sliced recent jalapeños, so I added these to the dish on the finish, however they’re totally elective in case you don’t desire a spicy dish.
Also, you may completely do that with hen breasts as a substitute of thighs. I do recommend pounding the hen breast to an excellent thickness first to assist them cook dinner evenly (You don’t need the tip to get powerful and rubbery earlier than the thick half cooks by means of).
P.S. I used common BBQ sauce in effort to make a “base” recipe however as I used to be standing within the sauce aisle on the grocery retailer my thoughts was spinning with all of the enjoyable BBQ sauce flavors that will go nice with this. Or possibly it was spinning as a result of I had simply gotten out of a very laborious circuit coaching class. Either approach, there are lots of choices!
Skillet Pineapple BBQ Chicken
Skillet Pineapple BBQ Chicken
A fast pan sauce drenches tender hen thighs and thick pineapple slices on this straightforward Skillet Pineapple BBQ Chicken.
boneless skinless hen thighs* (about 2.three lbs.)
Salt and pepper
- 20 oz.
Pineapple slices in juice
- half of
jalapeño (elective), sliced thinly
inexperienced onions, sliced
Heat a big skillet over medium. Once sizzling add the cooking oil and swirl to coat the floor. While ready for the skillet to warmth, season either side of the hen thighs with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Once the skillet is sizzling and the oil is shimmering, add the hen thighs and cook dinner till golden brown on either side and cooked by means of. Remove the cooked hen to a clear plate.
While the hen is cooking, drain and reserve the juice from the canned pineapple slices.
After eradicating the hen from the skillet, flip the warmth all the way down to low and add about half of cup of the reserved pineapple juice. Stir to dissolve and loosen the browned hen bits from the underside of the skillet. Once every part has been loosened from the skillet, add the BBQ sauce and stir till a thick sauce kinds. Taste the sauce and add salt if wanted. If your sauce will get too thick, merely add one other splash of the reserved pineapple juice.
Add the cooked hen thighs and pineapple slices to the skillet, dredging either side within the pineapple BBQ sauce. Spoon any extra sauce over the hen.
Adjust your oven’s rack in order that the skillet shall be about 6 inches from the broiler unit and switch the broiler on to excessive. Transfer the skillet to the oven and broil for about 5 minutes, or simply till the BBQ sauce caramelizes on the sides of the hen and pineapple. If you do not have an oven secure skillet** you may switch the hen, pineapple, and ALL of the sauce to a casserole dish for broiling, or skip the broiling step and luxuriate in as is.
After broiling, sprinkle the sliced jalapeño and inexperienced onion over prime, after which serve.
*Boneless, skinless hen breasts will also be used, however needs to be pounded to an excellent thickness earlier than cooking.
**Do not place teflon skillets or skillets with plastic handles underneath the broiler.
Step by Step Photos
Heat a big skillet over medium, then add a tablespoon of cooking oil and swirl to coat the underside of the skillet. While ready for the skillet to warmth, season either side of six boneless, skinless hen thighs with a pinch of salt and pepper.
One the oil is sizzling and shimmering, add the hen thighs and cook dinner till golden brown on either side and cooked by means of. Remove the cooked hen thighs to a clear plate.
While the hen is cooking, drain and reserve the juice from a 20 oz. can of pineapple slices (packed in juice, NOT heavy syrup).
After eradicating the hen from the skillet, flip the top all the way down to low and add about half of cup of the pineapple juice. Stir to dissolve the browned bits off the underside of the skillet. You need to stir and gently scrape till all of it comes off the skillet and is floating round within the liquid.
See how the looks of the pineapple juice has modified after all of the hen bits are dissolved into it? Add half of cup BBQ sauce and stir till a thick sauce kinds.
If the sauce is just too thick (say, if the skillet was too sizzling and the juice lowered an excessive amount of), you may add a splash extra of the reserved pineapple juice. Taste the sauce and add salt if wanted. The hen I used was closely brined, in order that appeared to season the sauce properly sufficient with salt. And once I say brined, that’s like once you have a look at the bundle and it says “contains up to 15% broth” or “sodium chloride solution”. That’s mainly a brine that makes the meat tremendous tender and juicy.
Add the cooked hen again to the skillet together with the pineapple slices, dredging either side of each within the pineapple bbq pan sauce. Adjust your oven’s rack in order that the skillet shall be about 6 inches from the broiler unit, then flip the broiler on to excessive. If your skillet is just not oven secure, you may put every part in a casserole dish or simply skip the broiling half (it’s nonetheless fairly scrumptious at this level!).
Broil the hen and pineapple for about 5 minutes, or till it’s caramelized on prime and the sides. Sprinkle thinly sliced jalapeño and inexperienced onion over prime, then serve!
Seriously although, that pan sauce… And I can’t lie. If you sprinkled some Monterey jack cheese over the skillet pineapple BBQ hen earlier than broiling, it will be like a BBQ hen pizza minus the crust.