BBQ Chicken and Barley Skillet

The other day, we wanted a quick meal with very little cleanup and a lot of flavour, so this is what we came up with! It’s delicious and can be built with a lot of ingredient substitutions to suit your tastes! Swap out chicken for pork, add in any veggies you like (corn would be a great addition), or even replace the barley with rice, quinoa, or any other grain you prefer!

Time: 35 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Barley (and 2 Cups of water)
  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • Peas
  • An Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • BBQ Sauce of your choosing
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Method:

  • Begin to heat your barley and water in a pot, since that will take the longest time of any process step.
  • As your barley cooks, dice your veggies, and set aside.
  • Then, cut your chicken into chunks into your desired size.
  • Heat some oil or butter in a cast iron pan, and when it’s hot, add your chicken. Sautee until all sides have browned slightly (about 5-6 minutes)
  • Add in the rest of your vegetables, and stir to combine. Continue to sautee (about 7-10 minutes)
  • When your barley is ready (the water will have all evaporated, and the grains will be tender), add it to your skillet, and mix everything together.
  • Stir in your BBQ sauce, and top everything with cheese.
  • Either wait for your cheese to melt while your pan is on the stovetop, or place the pan under your broiler for about 30 seconds.
  • Plate, devour, and enjoy!

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