BBQ Skillet Chicken

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This BBQ skillet chicken recipe is absolutely perfect! Baked in a cast iron skillet, this chicken is surrounded by seasoned vegetables and cooked together in one pan. Incredibly juicy and full of flavor.

chicken baked in a cast iron skillet covered with bbq | zagleft

Don’t you love when you find a really great recipe that looks good, tastes amazing and clean up is a breeze? I know I do. This perfect BBQ skillet chicken recipe is just the recipe and I know you’ll love it as much as I do.

Here’s the thing, I’m not new to the one-pan oven roasted chicken dinner idea. I love roasting whole chickens in the oven and I do it all the time. Mostly though, I keep it simple. A little butter, a little salt, maybe some lemons. Simple.

This time I decided to go bold and be a little daring by using KC Masterpieces new Fiery Habanero Honey Barbecue Sauce. Real habanero heat, perfectly balanced with honey. The results were out-of-this-world.

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barbecue chicken on a plate with a glass of red wine. Chicken cooked in a cast iron skillet in the background | zagleft

BBQ Chicken

Baking a whole chicken isn’t difficult. A medium-sized chicken really only takes about 1 hour and a half to cook, so you can easily make it on a busy weeknight.

Place the chicken in the oven along with an assortment of vegetables, pour yourself a nice glass of wine and let the chicken bake. While you wind down, dinner is cooking.

ingredients needed to roast a bbq chicken in the oven | zagleft

Skillet Chicken

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

Ingredients In BBQ Skillet Chicken

  • a roasting chicken
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • an orange
  • garlic
  • butter
  • barbecue sauce
  • onion
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • potatoes
  • olive oil

How To Roast Chicken In A Cast Iron Skillet

Step 1

  • Place the chicken in a cast iron skillet. Liberally season the inside of the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Stuff the cavity of the chicken with slices of an orange and a few cloves of garlic. The sweet oranges compliment the spiciness of the barbecue sauce.
raw chicken in a cast iron skillet stuffed with oranges and garlic | zagleft

Step 2

  • Soften a stick of butter.

TIP: You’ll can tell when butter is soft when it’s still cool to the touch, but when pressed using a little pressure, your finger will leave an indentation.

softening butter to add to the inside of a whole chicken | zagleft

Step 3

  • Add 1/2 cup of the fiery habanero barbecue sauce.
adding bbq to the top of a whole roasting chicken in a skillet | zagleft
  • Stir the butter and sauce together.
mixing bbq and butter together to add to the top of a whole roasting chicken which is sitting in a skillet | zagleft

Step 4

  • Lay the chopped broccoli, carrots, potatoes and chopped onions around the chicken.
laying vegetables around a whole chicken in a skillet | zagleft
  • Add a large spoonful of the barbecue/butter mixture to the inside cavity of the chicken and spread the remaining mixture over the top of the chicken.
  • Add salt and pepper to the top of the chicken and the vegetables. Then, drizzle a little olive oil over the vegetables.
butter and barbecue sauce on top of a whole chicken in a skillet surrounded by vegetables | zagleft

Step 5

  • Place the skillet into the preheated oven and bake for 1 1/2 hours.

So easy, right?

Baked BBQ chicken is one of my favorite meals for small dinner parties and relaxed weeknight dinners. Cooking everything in one pan makes it a breeze.

If you’re cooking for one, you’ll find this easy BBQ chicken recipe to be a wonderful addition to your recipe files. Leftover chicken is wonderful to add to make recipes.

Consider using the leftover chicken in a chicken pot pie for one, a small batch of chicken salad, or chicken soup.

Oven Roasted BBQ Chicken made in a cast iron skillet | ZagLeft

I’m so happy to be partnering with KC Masterpiece on this BBQ chicken recipe. Thank you so much for supporting the brands we so carefully choose to work with. All opinions expressed are our own.

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Oven Baked BBQ Chicken Recipe

Perfect Cast Iron Skillet Roasted BBQ Chicken

Perfect Cast Iron Skillet Roasted BBQ Chicken – Moist and juicy chicken surrounded by perfectly seasoned vegetables all cooked in one pan. It’s the perfect meal for small dinner parties or relaxed weeknight meals.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
0 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cast iron, chicken
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • cast iron skillet


  • 1 5-6 pound roasting chicken
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt ,divided
  • 3/4 tablespoon ground black pepper , divided
  • 1 small orange , quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 8 tablespoons butter , softened
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 medium onion , thickly sliced
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 3/4 cup baby carrots
  • 2 cups fingerling potatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Remove the chicken giblets. Rinse the chicken inside and out. Pat the outside dry. Place the chicken in the cast iron skillet.
  • Season the inside of the chicken with 1/2 tablespoon of the salt and 1/2 tablespoon of the ground black pepper.
  • Stuff the cavity with the oranges and the garlic.
  • Place the softened butter in a small bowl and stir in the barbecue sauce. Set aside.
  • Scatter the onions, broccoli, carrots, and potatoes around the chicken.
  • Put a hefty tablespoon of the butter/sauce mixture into the cavity of the chicken.
  • Spread the remaining butter/sauce mixture over the entire top of the chicken.
  • Sprinkle the remaining salt and pepper over the vegetables and the chicken.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the vegetables and gently mix to distribute oil.
  • Place the skillet in the oven and roast for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh.
  • Cover skillet with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes. Slice the chicken and serve with the vegetables.


You might need to adjust the amount of vegetables you use depending on the size of your skillet. This recipe was made using a 10-inch skillet.

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of KC Masterpiece. The opinions and text are all mine.

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