Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Grilled Chicken with Spiced Blueberry BBQ Sauce

Chicken is particularly well-suited to serve with fruit, so it only seemed natural that my Berry Fest should feature some poultry complemented by a sweet sauce.  But not too sweet - it should have some zest.

So I took my basic homemade barbecue sauce, which is universally loved and has a fabulous flavor, and cooked some blueberries in it to enhance it.  Brushed onto chicken as it grilled, to set the sauce and caramelize it a bit, this entree was an ideal summer food!

This grilled chicken was fork-tender, sweet, spicy ... perfection!

Blackberry-Fig Marinated Grilled Chicken with Spiced Blueberry BBQ Sauce

5 pounds Pine Manor Farms free-to-roam Amish chicken thighs with skin
1 cup Bella's organic blackberry & fig balsamic dressing

Place chicken into 2 gallon-size freezer baggies; pour 1/2 cup marinade into each baggie.  Seal tightly, turn to coat chicken, and refrigerate overnight.

BBQ Sauce:
2/3 cup organic blueberries
1/4 cup water
1 12-ounce bottle chili sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons Whole Foods 365 brand organic honey mustard
splash of cayenne pepper sauce

Bring blueberries and water to a boil over medium heat in a medium saucepan; cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently and mashing the berries.  Add remaining ingredients and bring just to a boil; simmer 5 minutes, then remove from heat.

Preheat grill to medium-high.  Remove chicken from marinade and drain, then place onto grill.  Cook for 8 minutes per side.  Baste with sauce, cook 5 more minutes.  Turn chicken over, baste with sauce, cook 5 more minutes or until firm.

Serves 8-10.

(Note: Whole Foods Market very graciously provided me with a gift card to help purchase supplies.)


Unknown said...

Ooohhh... I love this recipe! Blueberries in bbq sauce is da bomb! Oh...and I'm loving how much you are grilling lately!! :)

Cranberry Morning said...

That just sounds amazing! I even have a few blueberries who are volunteering. YUM!!

Chris said...

I like jazzing up my BBQ sauce with fruits during this time of the year, it's a great trick. Chicken looks good.

Debra Kapellakis said...

Yum, Yum, Yummy!

Anonymous said...

Barbecue with a touch of sweetness, something new to me! We would often have our bbq grill session in our outdoor patios perth and this is definitely a try!

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