Sweet chili BBQ chicken


I'd say this chicken falls in the category of lip smackin' hot damn good! The sauce starts with a tomato base and grows from there, getting its sweetness from brown sugar and honey, and a little kick from chili powder and cayenne. Yeehaw! Mama's got her cowgirl apron on now, son!


Here's how I made it:

1/3 cup tomato sauce
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup malt vinegar
2 tbsp honey
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 1/2 lbs chicken pieces (I used skinless thighs)

I stirred together all the ingredients, except the chicken, in a small mixing bowl. I set aside half the sauce for later, and poured the rest over the chicken pieces and gave them a toss to get 'em all good and saucy.

The chicken went on the BBQ for about 8 minutes a side until cooked through. While Mr. Feedbag manned the grill, I warmed the remaining sauce in a large saucepan then removed it from the heat. The cooked chicken was added to the saucepan and tossed once more to get each piece even more saucy. Yum!


There are a lot of ingredients in this recipe, which isn't something I usually like to do as a busy family cook. But the extra trips to the drawer for measuring spoons and fiddling with spice jar lids is totally worth it. Try this one. You'll like it.

Do you make your own BBQ sauce? What goes into yours? Tell me about the yumminess that's coming off your BBQ this summer!

33 comments:

  1. Going to try this one for sure!

    I recently started making my own BBQ sauce. Sure, it's more work but it's never not worth it!

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  2. Love this. Looks wonderful. Yum! I'm following now.

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  3. Um, yeah, so I just had to go take chicken out of the freezer for dinner now. Drool!

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  4. Those look so yummy. I am on my own with my two girls tonight (3 and 1) so I think we will make those on the bbq. The older one will enjoy adding all the spices to the mix!

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  5. I am just prepping dinner during nap right now and made the sauce. It is SO good that I'm eating it plain. I need an intervention!

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  6. Christine - Thanks for reading along.

    Mmm... - Did you give it a whirl?

    TTF - If you like it plain, just wait 'til your chicken is smothered in it! You're gonna need a therapist.

    Anon - If you can grill while caring for two little ones alone, you're my hero. Seriously, you need a cape.

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  7. Amy, I made this tonight and it was SO good. It's going into the regular summertime rotation. Thanks!!

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  8. So we made this last night on Natasha's suggestion. It was good, like really good, really, really good! I'm so happy I found your blog (my husband is too)!!

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  9. Lip smackin' finger lickin' good! Love my chicken with a sweet chili flavor. Gurl you nailed it with this one!

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  10. Amy, I have to tell you, I made a double recipe of this sauce and have been using it on everything from burgers to chicken wings and meatballs for the past two weeks and EVERYONE is raving about it! For my next test I'm bringing it to a potluck - I'll let you know what happens!

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  11. I love that so many of you love this sauce! Truth be told, it might be my favourite recipe on the blog.

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  12. Tried it on ribs last night... another hit! I boiled the ribs in salted water first, then put a little of the broth in the roasting pan (just to keep it from burning), basted the BBQ sauce onto the ribs and slow roasted them for an hour. Superb!

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  13. Making this with your scalloped potatoes for supper tomorrow night. Can't wait!!

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  14. Gina - You're killin' me! Sounds delicious.

    TTF - Mmmm! That'll be a great combo.

    You guys are all so great. Thanks for loving this recipe as much as I do!

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  15. I blogged about this today - SO GOOD!
    http://www.canadianmama.ca/2012/01/mmm-its-monday-pinterest-reviews.html

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  16. Wow CanadianMama, I'm honoured you feel it's the best chicken you've ever made! It IS yummy. Thanks for sharing around the recipe :)

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  17. This looks AMAZING! Tomorrow's dinner is set!

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  18. I think I'll be making this sauce regardless and using it in a variety of recipes that call for bottled BBQ sauce (which I'm not terribly fond of). Mmm.

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  19. We're trying this tonight! Can't wait!!

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  21. Going to make this dishto add to my buffet for my daughters birthday party on Saturday. However, there are some pests, I mean guests that don't like chicken on the bone so I'm going to use chicken breast tenderloins.

    Nancy

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  22. Making this chicken right now!! Tasted the sauce before I put it on and it was amazing.

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  23. What an absolute brilliant recipe! This will definitely be a family favourite :)

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  24. I was just wondering if I could marinate my chicken in the sauce for the day? Would the flavours end up being too strong (I have a one and three year old that need to be able to eat it)? Thanks.

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    1. Marinating it sounds like a great idea. Just remember to save half the sauce for tossing the chicken in once it's grilled. I hope you like it :)

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  25. How long will the sauce last? I've got company coming and thought I could make the sauce up before hand and stick it in the fridge for a couple of days, then just pull it out when I'm ready to grill. . . . . . I try to make ahead as much as possible as it makes me look like a hostess who has it all together. lol. In reality, I'm usually just a good planner!

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    1. It could be made two days ahead, no problem. Good thinking!

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  26. This recipe was delicious I will definitely make it again!!! Thanks for the recipe.

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  27. Can this be cooked in the oven??? I don't have a grill.

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    1. Sure, you could bake it in the oven just fine.

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    2. Do you use dark brown sugar or the light brown sugar?

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