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Grilled Chicken with Spicy Strawberry BBQ Sauce

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Grilled Chicken with Spicy Strawberry BBQ Sauce
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 2
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Grilled Chicken with Spicy Strawberry BBQ Sauce

A slightly sweet and tangy BBQ sauce with a spicy kick thanks to a few habanero peppers!

Ingredients

1
orange habanero pepper, diced
2
cloves garlic, minced
2
tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
1
cup fresh strawberries
1
tablespoon olive oil
1
(10 ounce) jar Cascadian Farm™ organic strawberry fruit spread
1
tablespoon soy sauce
1
teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1
teaspoon dried mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
2
to 4 pounds chicken (breasts, drumsticks, wings, grilled as desired)

Directions

  • 1 Split open the habanero pepper, carefully scrape out seeds, and mince the pepper very finely. (Wear gloves or wash your hands well after you are done.)
  • 2 Add pepper, diced garlic and ginger, and quartered strawberries to a medium pot with olive oil and a pinch of salt. Cook over medium heat until strawberries start to break down, about 6-7 minutes.
  • 3 Add all fruit spread, soy sauce, Worcestersire sauce, and dried mustard. Bring sauce to a slight simmer. Stir until ingredients are mixed together well. Remove from heat and let sauce cool a bit. Then puree in a food processor until smooth.
  • 4 Return sauce to the heat, bring back to a simmer and let reduce for 10 minutes over low heat. Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste. When sauce is the desired thickness, remove from heat. Remember that it will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • 5 Season chicken as desired and grill. Serve sauce over grilled chicken.
  • 6 Notes: Because this BBQ sauce is sweet, it will burn easily on the grill. Either add it at the very end of grilling, or grill chicken first and spoon sauce over chicken just before serving. Serve with extra sauce on the side for dipping.
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Grilled chicken like no other, with spicy-sweet strawberry BBQ sauce!

As prepared by Macheesmo,

If your backyard BBQ or block party needs a shot in the arm, here it is.

One of my favorite flavor combinations for sauces is sweet mixed with spicy. If blended correctly, that combo can really wake up the taste buds! 

Since strawberries are perfect this time of year and provide lots of great flavor and sweetness, I like to mix them with the intense heat of habanero peppers in this spicy strawberry BBQ sauce.

 

Grilled Chicken with Spicy Strawberry BBQ Sauce

I use a mix of fresh strawberries and strawberry fruit spread for my BBQ sauce. The fruit spread gives the sauce plenty of sweetness and helps thicken it as well.

Trust me, one habanero pepper is usually plenty. If you really want to make it very spicy, then go with two, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!

 

Grilled Chicken with Spicy Strawberry BBQ Sauce

When working with peppers as spicy as habaneros, I recommend wearing gloves. You need to cut them open, scrape out the seeds, and then dice them, and if you don’t wear gloves, at least be sure to wash your hands right after working with them and keep them away from your eyes.

 

Grilled Chicken with Spicy Strawberry BBQ Sauce

To start the sauce, add a drizzle of oil to a medium pot over medium-low heat. Then add the peppers, garlic, ginger, and fresh strawberries. You want to let these things cook until the berries start to break down – about 6-7 minutes.

 

Grilled Chicken with Spicy Strawberry BBQ Sauce

Then add the jam and all the other ingredients!

 

Grilled Chicken with Spicy Strawberry BBQ Sauce

Cook that until the flavors are combined, and then send the sauce to the food processor so it gets smooth. If you don’t have a food processor, you can serve it rustic style.

After you smooth it out in a food processor, put it back on the heat to thicken more.

This was my finished sauce. As the sauce cools, it will continue to thicken.

 

Grilled Chicken with Spicy Strawberry BBQ Sauce

One thing to be careful of when working with this sauce is adding it too early to the food. Because it’s sweet, it can burn quickly.

I actually grilled my chicken first and added the sauce at the end so the flavors stayed fresh.

 

Grilled Chicken with Spicy Strawberry BBQ Sauce

It’s also great on pork. You can use a pretty liberal hand with it. It’s perfectly tasty.

 

Grilled Chicken with Spicy Strawberry BBQ Sauce

It’s definitely a different sauce and not like anything you can buy at the store – which is why you should definitely make it!

  

Nick wants you to embrace this sweet heat sauce! Check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon Profile.

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Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
1569.4
Daily Value
Total Fat
70.1g
108%
(
Saturated Fat
19.1g
95%
)
Cholesterol
435.4mg
145%
Sodium
2088.4mg
87%
Total Carbohydrate
83.5g
28%
(
Dietary Fiber
1.9g
8%
,
Sugars
78.6g
)
Protein
143.4g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
88.20%
88%
Calcium
10.20%
10%
Iron
32.20%
32%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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