Family Friendly: BBQ Chicken with Macaroni Salad

Unlike most barbecue recipes which can use a variety of hot peppers, this family-friendly chicken recipe is sweet and smoky to please all palates. When purchasing a BBQ seasoning mix at the grocery store look for options that do not have cayenne or red pepper flake, which are two of the most common high heat ingredients. If you’d like to make your own seasoning mix at home combine 1 tbsp packed brown sugar, 2 ½ tsp smoked paprika, 2 ½ tsp chili powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp cumin, and 2 tsp salt.

Note: If you would like, add 1-2 tsps homemade BBQ Seasoning to add even more flavor to this delicious meal.

BBQ Chicken with Macaroni Salad

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: 4 hours and 35 minutes
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  • ¼ cup dry BBQ seasoning mix
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar (optional)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 20 oz bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 6 oz elbow macaroni
  • 1 large carrot 
  • 2 scallions
  • ½ cup mayonnaise 
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar


In a small bowl, stir together the barbecue seasoning mix, vegetable oil, and ½ tsp salt. If your store bought seasoning mix does not contain sugar, add 1 tbsp of brown sugar. Pat chicken thighs dry and then rub the barbeque mixture all over the chicken and under the skin. Nestle chicken into a Suvie pan and insert into the top of your Suvie. 

Place macaroni in a starch pan and insert into your Suvie. Fill the reservoir, input settings, and cook now or schedule. 

My Cook > Slow Cook Settings

LOW, 3 hours

Starch: 10 minutes

While the chicken cooks, peel carrot and shred on the large holes of a box grater. Roughly chop scallions. Set carrots and scallions aside in the fridge until the chicken has finished cooking.

Once the chicken has finished cooking, remove macaroni and transfer to a large bowl. Broil chicken for 10 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through cooking.

While the chicken broils, stir mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, carrots, and scallions into the macaroni. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

Remove chicken from Suvie and divide between plates with macaroni salad.


Nutritional Information per serving (4 servings per recipe): Calories 705, Total Fat 52g, Total Carbohydrates 35g, Total Sodium 500mg, Total Protein 25g

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