Broken Arrow is seeing yet another week of scorching hot temperatures, with not much relieve in sight. If you love barbecued chicken, but can’t stand the thought of grilling in this heat, try this delicious version of succulent, lip-smacking good chicken that is cooked entirely on the stove. It is simple to prepare and easy, albeit somewhat messy to eat.
Many barbecue sauces use ketchup as a main ingredient, which can make them overly sweet once the brown sugar and other components are added. The base for this dish starts with tomato sauce and then other ingredients are added to give it just the right balance of flavor. Onion, brown sugar, a touch of honey, red pepper flakes, Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar, mustard and just a whisper of orange zest combine to make a delicious homemade barbecue sauce.
Any chicken pieces can be used for this dish, although larger pieces may require different cooking times. I prefer using skin-on, bone-in thighs for this dish because the meat stays moist and flavorful. Serve this with a simple green salad and some crusty bread for sopping up any remaining sauce.
Skillet Barbecued Chicken Thighs
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 4-6 chicken thighs
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1(8 oz.) can tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard
- 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Once oil is hot, add chicken, skin side down and cook until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Turn chicken and cook until other side is golden brown, an additional 3-4 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate.
Remove all but 2 tablespoon of dripping from pan. Add onion to skillet and cook until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Bring to a boil. Add the chicken back to the skillet, cover, and simmer on medium low for 30 minutes. Uncover and simmer for another 10 minutes, basting chicken often with sauce.
Makes 4-6 servings
Broken Arrow Farmers’ Market
Be sure to check out Broken Arrow’s third annual farmers’ market every Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The market opened in mid April and will around until mid October. It is located at 418 South Main in the beautiful downtown pavilion.