Bring-Your-Own-Lunch Recipe: Fast & Lazy BBQ Chicken

Every week, we suggest a fascinating, delicious and not-so-unhealthy dish that is easy to reheat in your office lunchroom. This week’s #BYOL recipe: BBQ Lazy Chicken. 


Author: Fausto Mendez / Photographer: INeedCoffe

    Another week, another fast, easy and delicious recipe. This week, we feature an original recipe, straight out of the mind of my other half. She makes this chicken several times every month, and each time, she makes extra for me to take to work the next day. It heats up well in a microwave, and pairs well with a variety of sides, my favorite being macaroni & cheese to accompany the main course. 

    This BBQ chicken recipe is incredibly fast and easy, and you may find yourself in utter awe at the taste of this utterly delicious chicken. Unfortunately, she usually eyeballs measurements, so I don’t have exact measurements for you. You may require a second attempt at getting it just right, but even if imperfect, it’s hard to ruin this recipe, unless you overcook the chicken. In that case, it’s really easy to ruin it, so that’s the most important part of the recipe. Don’t overcook the chicken!

Step 1: The Ingredients


Photographer: Phú Thịnh Co

+ Chicken: legs, thighs, whatever you like. I prefer thighs.

+ Lawry’s Chicken & Poultry Rub

+ Coconut Oil

+ Homemade BBQ Sauce: minced onions, garlic butter, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, worcestershire sauce and water.

+ You may substitute the homemade BBQ sauce for your favorite bottled brand, but I really love my wife’s BBQ sauce recipe.

Step 2: The Chicken

+ Liberally smear the Chicken & Poultry rub over the chicken pieces.

+ Perfectly sauté the chicken pieces in coconut oil. BHG has a great guide on how to perfect sauté any piece of chicken, if you’re not sure how to do it.

Step 3: The BBQ Sauce


Photographer: K.M. Gong

+ If you opt for bottled sauce, you can skip this step. Just pour it on your chicken when you’re ready to eat.

+ If you’re making the homemade BBQ sauce, grease a new pan with butter, and sauté the onions until translucent. 

+ Add garlic, and “sweat”, chef’s slang for “cook out the juices”. 

+ Add ketchup and a small amount of water. Mix. Add a splash of vinegar and a splash of worcestershire sauce. Mix, and simmer for ten minutes.

+ Taste the sauce. You’ll have to adjust your sauce by adding sugar, worcestershire sauce and ketchup until you’ve discovered the perfect blend for your tastebuds. 

+ Simmer until the sauce thickens.

+ If you’re not eating the chicken immediately (maybe because it’s your lunch at work tomorrow), don’t store the chicken in the BBQ sauce. Add the sauce only when you’re ready to eat. Don’t let it swim in the sauce for days.

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