Chicken on the Barbie

Chicken with honey-chipotle BBQ sauce.

Chicken with honey-chipotle BBQ sauce.

Recipes for making BBQ chicken on the outdoor grill are a dime a dozen.  They seem to be in every food publication you look at, and I think most folks have their favorite way of doing it.  So what can I add that’s new?  Probably not a whole lot!!

I guess I just want to brag about how great my latest batch of grilled chicken came out.  It was very well done, but not dried out;  flavorful, but not overly sweet or spicy;  a little charred but not burned beyond recognition.  AND, I made the spice rub and the basting sauce from scratch.  Along side the chicken I grilled corn on the cob and cooked fresh green beans with a little bacon for added flavor.  This turned out to be a  wonderful summertime meal that was pretty fuss-free.

The recipe calls for a quantity of chicken that could be all thighs, or a mixture of thighs and drumsticks.  It’s worth making a lot if you do it because  its great cold for lunch cut up over a green salad, or used to make a chicken salad.  Anyway you eat this chicken it is enjoyable, hot or cold.

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GRILLED CHICKEN WITH HONEY-CHIPOTLE BBQ SAUCE

Yield:  4- 6 servings

Ingredients:IMG_4602

  •  2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 1/4 cup low sodium catsup
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1  1/2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. dry mustard  ( I used 1 tsp. spicy brown mustard.)
  • 1/2 tsp. chipotle chile powder
  • 1/2 kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 4 bone-in chicken leg-quarters, legs and thighs separated or all thighs or all drumsticks for a total of 8 pieces
  • cooking spray

1.  Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

2.  Heat a small saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add oil, swirl to coat.  Add shallots, sauté  2 minutes or until tender.  Stir in catsup and next 5 ingredients (through chipotle powder), and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.  Reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes stirring occasionally.

3.  Combine 1/4 tsp. salt, garlic powder, cumin and black pepper;  sprinkle over the chicken,  Place chicken on grill coated with cooking spray;  Grill 15 minutes on each side until done.

4.  Baste chicken generously with sauce; turn over, and grill 1 minute.  Baste again; turn over, and grill 1 minute.  Serve with any remaining sauce.

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SOURCE:  Cooking Light

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