Spicy BBQ Chicken All-in-One Dinner

Spicy BBQ Chicken All-in-One Dinner - Quirky Cooking
One of the things I love most about my Thermomix is that it makes super-delicious and super-easy ‘all-in-one’ meals! (You may have noticed that. There’s quite a few on my blog.)

Who doesn’t love a meal that’s quick to put together, doesn’t use up every pot in the cupboard, saves electricity by cooking everything at once, and tastes delicious to boot? Not to mention the fact that steamed veges are much better for you than veges boiled to death in a pot of water. So I tend to make a lot of these ‘all-in-one’ meals, just varying the layers to use whatever I have. When the cooking time is finished, if there’s liquid in the bowl, I often use it to make a sauce to pour over the top so nothing is wasted.

Here’s one I made up the other night – chicken thighs cooking in a spicy BBQ sauce, with veggies and either rice, potatoes or quinoa cooking in the basket in the bowl, and a sauce made with the juices that are left in the bowl at the end. Very simple, a great mid-week meal. It’s a little bit spicy, so adjust the chilli powder to taste!


Spicy BBQ Chicken All-in-One Dinner

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For the BBQ Sauce

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 80g tomato sauce
  • 60g apple cider vinegar
  • 30g butter, ghee or oil
  • 2 tsp seeded or Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbspns Tamari
  • 2 Tbspns lemon juice
  • 20g Rapadura or 15g honey
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 12 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika

All-in-One Dinner

  • 1 kg chicken thighs, fat removed
  • 900g water
  • 400g basmati rice OR 350g quinoa (rinsed) OR fill basket with thickly sliced potatoes (skin on)
  • sliced veggies: carrots, broccoli, green beans, red capsicum… or even just frozen peas and corn if you’re in a hurry
  • 2 Tbspns cornstarch or arrowroot, mixed with 2 Tbspns water in a cup


  1. Mince garlic in Thermomix bowl on speed 7 for 3 seconds
  2. Add remaining sauce ingredients and mix on speed 5 for 10 seconds
  3. Pour over chicken thighs in a bowl and marinate for half an hour. (If you don’t have time you can just go ahead and cook them.)
  4. Pour water into bowl, insert rice basket, and weigh in rice/quinoa/potatoes.
  5. Put lid on bowl, with Varoma on top. Add veges to lower Varoma tray, and place the upper Varoma tray on top. Line with wet baking paper, and arrange chicken on paper, drizzling with some of the sauce. Set remaining sauce aside for later.
  6. Start cooking for 20 minutes at Varoma temp, speed 2 for rice or quinoa, or 25 minutes for potatoes. When cooking time is finished, remove Varoma (set it on it’s lid to catch drips) and remove rice/quinoa/potatoes and cooked veges to a Thermoserver or covered serving dish to keep warm. The chicken will need a little more time to cook.
  7. If you cooked rice/quinoa, there won’t be much ‘juice’ left in the bowl. Add some more liquid by carefully draining the juices off the chicken into the bowl. Also, add the reserved BBQ sauce to the bowl (from marinating the chicken). Replace lid and Varoma (bottom tray will be empty), and cook for another 10 minutes at Varoma temperature, speed 2. Chicken should be done – cut a thigh in half to check.
  8. Remove cooked chicken to another Thermoserver or covered serving dish. Make the sauce by adding cornstarch/arrowroot mixture to bowl and cooking at 100C for 4 minutes, speed 4.
  9. Serve chicken, veges and rice/quinoa/potatoes together, drizzled with the sauce.


  • If you cooked potatoes in the basket, there’ll be lots of water left in the bowl. Tip all but about 2 inches of water out. Add juices from chicken and reserved sauce, replace chicken in Varoma tray, and cook as above.

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Spicy BBQ Chicken All-in-One Dinner
Spicy BBQ Chicken All-in-One Dinner
 The juices left in the bowl – BBQ marinade is added and it is thickened to make sauce.
Spicy BBQ Chicken All-in-One Dinner

24 thoughts on “Spicy BBQ Chicken All-in-One Dinner

  1. Amy W says:

    This was our first ever all-in-one meal made in our tm5 several months ago. Hubby and I loved it! We did up the full quantity and froze half. Not sure if I was imagining it but it tasted even better coming out of the freezer.

  2. Justine says:

    Made this last night and it was great. Just the right amount of spice. Gotta love a dinner that every member of the family will eat (and no complaints to the chef!). Thanks for the recipe. I’ll be making it again.

  3. Kathy says:

    My hubby who has been very hard to impress so far with the Thermomix absolutely loved this dish. Thank you so much Jo!

  4. Candice says:

    Speed 4 for rice??? Ended up with rice glue!! And the kilo of chicken did not cook one bit in 25 mins on varoma. Where did I go wrong??

    • QuirkyJo says:

      Did you have the rice in the steamer basket, inserted into the bowl? If you just put rice into the bowl (not the basket) it will mush, and burn to the bottom, and then the chicken and veggies won’t cook on top either!

  5. Fiona Strain says:

    My husband is allergic to chilli/paprika/capsicum etc. Will it detract too much from the flavour of this dish if the chilli and paprika are omitted? Or does anyone have a suggestion for a substitute?

  6. Rae de Joux says:

    Absolutely delicious, a good balanced meal that was easy to prepare. Will be a hot favourite in our house from now on. Thanks Jo

  7. Allie Downie says:

    Made this for dinner last night and it was seriously amazing! The teenager licked his plate clean and the rest of us weren’t far behind. The sauce was so think and velvety and morish. Will definately be on my regular to cook list. 🙂 Thanks

    • QuirkyJo says:

      No, chicken breast should work the same…just check it is cooked through at the end of the cooking time by cutting into the breast. 🙂

  8. Sharon Campbell says:

    I have to have low salt diet so would need to remove salt and Tamari from bbq sauce. Any suggestions what to replace with or just try it without?

    • QuirkyJo says:

      If you have a TM5 it may take longer, plus need another 100g water in the bowl. Just check chicken at end of cooking time, remove rice and veggies once done, and cook chicken a little longer if needed.

    • QuirkyJo says:

      We’ve done it baked in the oven before, just lay the chicken pieces in a baking tray with the marinade and bake for an hour or until done and cook the vegetables seperately. I hope you enjoy it!

  9. Julie says:

    Hi Jo, I just followed the recipe for this from your cook book but the instructions are different to above and the chicken didn’t cook at all for me in the times listed. The book says 10min/varoma/speed 1, turn the chicken and give it another 10 before removing veg and rice and cooking chicken for another 15. Speed 1 didn’t seem right? I put the chicken and vegetables in a frypan to finish cooking in the end. The chicken tasted great but the process didn’t work for me. Any tips on where I went wrong? I have a TM31. Thanks!

    • QuirkyJo says:

      Sounds like there wasn’t enough steam getting through, you have to make sure there are some holes between the chicken and vegetables for the steam to get through, and yes, increase the speed to speed two!

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