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Grilled Chicken with Spicy Strawberry BBQ Sauce

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 2
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A slightly sweet and tangy BBQ sauce made of strawberries with a spicy kick thanks to habanero peppers!
by: Macheesmo
Updated Mar 8, 2017
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  • 1 orange habanero pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 jar (10 oz) Cascadian Farm™ Organic Fruit Spread Strawberry
  • 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)


  • 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. 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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More About This Recipe

  • 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. 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! 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. This sauce is also great on pork. You can use a pretty liberal hand with it. It’s perfectly tasty. It’s definitely a different sauce and not like anything you can buy at the store – which is why you should definitely make it!
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