Healthified Tangy Barbecue Chicken

Healthified Tangy Barbecue Chicken

Healthified Tangy Barbecue Chicken
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86% less total fat • 43% less sodium than the original recipe— see the comparison. What’s a cookout without chicken? The next time you grill, give this version a try. It’s a little bit spicy, a little bit sweet and a lot of yummy.


  • 3 to 4 pounds meaty chicken pieces (breast halves, thighs, and drumsticks), skinned
  • 1 1/2 cups dry sherry
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion (1 large)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup reduced sodium broth
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons mild-flavor molasses


  • Place chicken in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. For marinade: In a medium bowl, stir together sherry, onion, lemon juice, bay leaves, and garlic. Pour over chicken; seal bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours, turning bag occasionally. Drain chicken, reserving marinade. Cover and chill chicken until ready to grill.
  • For sauce: In a large saucepan, combine the reserved marinade, the broth, tomato paste, honey, molasses, salt, thyme, red pepper, and black pepper. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until reduced to 2 cups. Remove from heat; remove bay leaves. Stir in vinegar.
  • For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above the pan. Place chicken pieces, bone sides down, on grill rack over drip pan. Cover and grill for 50 to 60 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (170°F for breasts, 180°F for thighs and drumsticks), brushing with some of the sauce during the last 15 minutes of grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Grill as above.) To serve, reheat the remaining sauce and pass with the chicken.

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