Skillet BBQ Chicken Thighs with Potatoes Recipe

| December 17, 2012 | 22 Comments

Skillet BBQ Chicken Thighs with Potatoes Recipe
Follow our step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe for Skillet BBQ Chicken Thighs with Potatoes Recipe.  When you need a quick and economical meal all the family will enjoy….make it chicken and potatoes.  We’re cooking it all up in one cast iron skillet so clean up is just as quick.  You can use your favorite BBQ Sauce but, we’re making one from scratch….right in the pan.


Skillet BBQ Chicken Thighs with Potatoes Recipe
Skillet BBQ Chicken Thighs with Potatoes Recipe:


Chicken is without a doubt my favorite meat.  I like it fried, baked, grilled, about anyway it can be cooked.  I’m just your meat and potatoes kind of guy I guess.  So, this quick and easy meal for BBQ Chicken in the oven…and in one pan….just kind of hit the spot for me this week.

My mother always knew that I liked her fried chicken the best but, I guess she just wanted to change things up every once in awhile.  BBQ chicken was her second favorite way of preparing it for us I think.  If they even made BBQ Sauce when I was growing up, I wasn’t aware of it.  I don’t recall ever seeing any in the house.  OK…so I’m not so old that they didn’t actually sell it in the stores I guess….it’s just that we never bought any of it that I recall.

Daddy would make his own anytime he cooked a whole hog on his homemade pits.  That was a straight vinegar based type of sauce…without any tomatoes or ketchup.  Mama on the other hand, would make her own sauce for her chicken using ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and a few other ingredients she had on hand.

When I placed the skillet of chicken thighs in the oven the other day, it wasn’t long before the aromas started to fill my kitchen as the chicken began to bake.  I was instantly transported back in time as I remembered those same great aromas that came from the kitchen when mama was baking chicken.  Isn’t it amazing how smells can do that to us sometimes?  I could just picture her in one of her aprons, reaching in the oven with some pot holders to pull out a dish of baked BBQ Chicken and potatoes.  She would have used one of her clear glass, Pyrex type, casserole dishes because it would hold an entire chicken.  And….it would smell absolutely awesome.

I hadn’t baked BBQ Chicken in forever and, I could hardly wait long enough for it to cool before I had to sample some of the chicken and potatoes together.  One bite and I knew mama had been guiding me as I tried to recreate her recipe from my head.  Well, at least I liked thinking that maybe that was possible.  It was a pleasant thought with lots of good memories of growing up Gordon.  I do think she would have approved of the way it turned out.

I do hope you’ll give our recipe a try.  You can follow along with our simple sauce for BBQ or, you can use some of that bottled stuff you already have….if you have to.  But hey, at least give this a try once and see how you like it.   Ready?  Alright then….Let’s Get Cooking!


Skillet BBQ Chicken, ingredients.
Skillet BBQ Chicken Thighs with Potatoes Recipe:  You’ll need these ingredients.

We’re making our own BBQ Sauce in the pan but, you could certainly use your favorite brand instead.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, rinse the chicken.
Begin by rinsing the chicken pieces with cool water.  Set them aside on a couple of paper towels to drain.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, add butter to cold skillet.
Add slices of butter to the cold skillet.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, place chicken in skillet.
Place chicken thighs in skillet, skin side down.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, add all pieces.
Add all the chicken to the skillet.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, add salt.
Add salt to taste….just a little will do.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, add black pepper.
Add a little Black Pepper.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, add garlic powder.
Sprinkle with a little Garlic Powder.  Not only will this add flavor but, it makes the kitchen smell really good once it starts to bake.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, add vinegar.
Sprinkle the Apple Cider Vinegar around the pan.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, add some yellow mustard.
Add the yellow Mustard.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, add brown sugar.
Add the Brown Sugar, just sprinkle it all over the top of the chicken thighs.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, add ketchup.
Add the ketchup.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, wash potatoes.
Wash the potatoes in cool water.  Be sure to scrub them pretty good to remove any dirt that might be on them.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, slice the potatoes.
Slice the potatoes.  I only used two for mine.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, layer potatoes in skillet.
Layer the potatoes on top of the chicken thighs.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, add more ketchup.
Add a little more of the ketchup on top of the potatoes.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, add some Worcestershire sauce.
Add the Worcestershire Sauce.  Just sprinkle it around on top of the potatoes.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, wrap with aluminum foil.
Wrap the skillet with aluminum foil.  Place in the pre-heated oven.

Bake at 350º for about 45 minutes.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, remove from oven, unwrap.
Remove the skillet from the oven and take off the aluminum foil.  Careful…it’s hot.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, remove the thighs.
Use some tongs if you have them and remove the thighs from the skillet.  Set them on the aluminum foil for the moment.  Spread the potatoes evenly around the bottom of the pan.  You probably should flip them over as well.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, return chicken to the skillet.
Place the chicken thighs back in the skillet, skin side UP this time.  Sprinkle the skin with Paprika.  Return the pan, uncovered, to the oven.

Bake for another 15-20 minutes…or until done.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, test for doneness.
Insert a meat thermometer into the thigh.  It should register 165º as the Internal Temperature to be cooked properly.  You want regret always testing your cooked meats with a thermometer.  They are fairly cheap and a great kitchen gadget to have on hand.  As you can see, mine was a bit over the needed temperature but, it still came out nice and juicy…and done.


Skillet BBQ Chicken, let it rest.
Just let the chicken rest in the pan for about 5-10 minutes before serving.

If the potatoes aren’t as done as you’d like them by now, you could remove the chicken breasts and cover them with foil to keep them warm.  Then, either place the skillet back in the oven for a couple more minutes to let the potatoes cook some more or, you could just place it on top of the stove and simmer them a bit over medium heat.

You could also use the juices in the pan to make a thicker BBQ Sauce or gravy for the chicken.  I didn’t do that but, you could if you wanted.  You’d just need to remove the drippings, make a roux of some butter and flour in the skillet then, add the drippings back into the pan and simmer it a few minutes.

Either way, serve it while it’s good and warm.  Enjoy!


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Skillet BBQ Chicken Thighs with Potatoes Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish, Chicken
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Follow our step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe for Skillet BBQ Chicken Thighs with Potatoes Recipe. When you need a quick and economical meal all the family will enjoy….make it chicken and potatoes. We’re cooking it all up in one cast iron skillet so clean up is just as quick. You can use your favorite BBQ Sauce but, we’re making one from scratch….right in the pan.



  • 4 Chicken Thighs, rinsed.
  • 2 Medium Potatoes, sliced.
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ cup Ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black Pepper, to taste
  • Garlic Powder, to taste
  • Paprika, to taste


Preheat Oven to 350º.

  1. Slice butter into the bottom of a Cast Iron Skillet.
  2. Arrange chicken thighs in skillet.
  3. Add Salt to taste.
  4. Add Black Pepper to taste.
  5. Add Garlic Powder to taste.
  6. Add Mustard.
  7. Add Apple Cider Vinegar.
  8. Add Brown Sugar
  9. Add Ketchup
  10. Wash and slice potatoes, arrange slices over top of chicken.
  11. Add a little more Ketchup.
  12. Add Worcestershire sauce.
  13. Wrap top of skillet with Aluminum Foil.
  14. Place in pre-heated 350º oven and bake for 45 minutes.
  15. Remove from oven and carefully uncover, watch for steam, it’s hot.
  16. Use tongs to remove chicken thighs. Re-arrange potatoes in skillet.
  17. Place thighs back in pan, skin side up, sprinkle with paprika.
  18. Return to oven, uncovered, bake 20 more minutes or until thighs test done.
  19. Serve warm and enjoy.


You could use your favorite BBQ Sauce if you don’t want to make the one we’ve listed here. Use the drippings to make a thicker sauce or gravy once the chicken has cooked.

Keywords: Skillet BBQ Chicken Thighs with Potatoes Recipe, made from scratch, bbq sauce, bbq, southern recipes, chicken


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  1. GARY WOOD says:

    Steve, Fixed this recipe tonight. We really liked it!! It almost fell off of the bone and the potatoes were delicious. I did add just a dash of apple cider. We sure enjoy your Newsletters!!!
    Gary Wood

  2. Debbie Sands says:

    Dear Steve, I made this for dinner last night, boy was it delicious, my husband loved it, the chicken was perfectly cooked, had to finish the potatoes on top of stove, boiled for 20 min in sauce from chicken.. so good..thank you, love your website.

  3. Terry says:

    I used substituted chopped cauliflower for the potatoes, I’m doing low carb, and it turned out amazing. My dad wants me to make this for dinner quite frequently now after tasting it.

  4. Kawon Suggs says:

    This was by far one of your best recipes. A household favorite, even my 1 year old daughter had a good time munching on this goodness. We made baked beans & cornbread with it. What a pleasant pair that made…loved it 5 stars. Wish I could post a picture, but I left my website to instagram I posted a pic.

  5. Clent says:

    I did the recipe tonight, and I’ve done a few other off your recipes that turned out great. I did not have a skillet so I used a pot with it’s lid. The chicken came out good but the potatoes did not. They weren’t cooked. They were still hard, and I don’t know why. I’m new to cooking so bare with me. I preheated to 350 cooked for 45 mins and took it out and put the chicken on top off the potatoes. Then I put it back in for 20 more mins. Please help.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Clent, Did you have really thick slices of potatoes? Try slicing them thinner next time. Sounds like they should have baked a little longer as well. If it happens again, remove the chicken once it’s done, cover the pan again, and let the taters cook until done. It shouldn’t take much longer. I’m thankful you’ve found Taste of Southern and that you’re trying some of our recipes. Keep up the good work. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  6. John Forgione says:

    This is the 5th time I’m making this chicken. Everyone loves it. Also, you only need the skillet! No mess. Tastes great! Thank you.

  7. Henrietta McClain says:

    Hi Steve,
    Love your blog and this recipe.


  8. shawnna says:

    Hi! I bought all the ingredients to make this dish…its looks amazing! My only question is…. Do u have to use a cast iron skillet? I just realized I left mine with my brother. What can I use instead??? Thank you!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Shawnna, Any oven proof baking dish or pan will work for you. I just like using the cast iron skillet. I do hope you’ll try the recipe, and that you’ll visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  9. Sharon says:

    I made this using boneless, skinless chicken breasts and we loved the bbq flavor and tenderness of the chicken. I didn’t add potatoes this time, since I was making a different vegetable, but I will try it with them another time. The chicken wasn’t too dry, but I can see how it would be more moist using bone-in/skin-on chicken pieces. I cut back on the baking time since there were no potatoes, and I was using boneless chicken. I do love the one dish idea, especially using my cast iron skillet. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Sharon, It’s my pleasure to share the recipe, and I’m happy to hear that you tried it. Keep using that cast iron skillet, gotta love those. I appreciate your visit and hope you’ll stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  10. Toni says:

    I absolutely LOVE this recipe! We make it at least once every other week. Me and my fiance aren’t really big fans of potatoes, so we do it without that, but it still turns out awesome! We also throw some drumsticks in instead of doing all thighs, and they are to DIE for!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Toni, Thank you for your comments. I’m happy you’ve tried the Skillet BBQ Chicken recipe, and made some changes to make it your own. Hopefully, you’ll try some of our other recipes. Thank you for your visit today and I hope you’ll stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  11. heather says:

    Oh my goodness, just found your blog and came across this recipe. I can’t wait to try it, I found a pack of chicken thighs marked down at the grocery store the other day and stuck them in the freezer, I wasn’t sure what to use them in. This looks like something we will all love!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Heather, Gotta love those discount finds at the grocery store… right? I do hope you’ll give the recipe a try and that it turns out well for you. Mama fixed this quite often and I always enjoyed it, I hope your family will as well. Thank you for taking the time to share your comments, I do hope you’ll stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  12. Blessing says:

    Aaaaaaahhhhmazing!! Just made it today for my dad and I. He isn’t easily impressed but he loved the taste and simplicity. The even more amazing feat he will attempt to make it on his own! God bless!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Blessing, thank you for your comment. I’m glad you tried the recipe and happy to learn that you and your dad both enjoyed it. I’m sure he’ll do fine making it on his own…..just tell him you’ll be there to help if he gets in trouble with it. I love the name “Blessing.” Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, I hope you’ll visit with us again real soon. Be Blessed!!! –Steve

  13. Ruth Buffkin says:

    Steve, this looks and sounds delicious as BBQ chicken is one of my favorites. However, I have not tried this one but I plan to try it soon and I do love the aroma of the BBQ chicken as it is baking. Please keep your awesome recipes coming and we appreciate the work that you must put into them. May God Bless You My Friend!!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Mama Ruth, I do hope you’ll give it a try and let us know what you think about the recipe. It was very good to me and, as mentioned, it brought back lots of good memories. Thank you for your comments, they are greatly appreciated. I do hope you’ll visit with us again real soon. Coming from the great cook that I know you are…I’m honored that you stopped by. Be Blessed!!! –Steve

      • Andi says:

        Can I use skinless thigh? That’s what I have on hand . . .

        • Steve Gordon says:

          Hi Andi, Thank You for your question. Sure, you can use the skinless thighs. You might need to watch the cooking time though as they should cook a bit faster than those with the bone in. I hope you enjoy the recipe and I’ll look forward to hearing how it turns out for you. Thank You for your visit, do be sure to visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

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