Friday, July 9, 2010

Chicken with Balsamic BBQ Sauce

Sweet, succulent, juicy, tender - all words that will be used in your home when you serve this chicken.

To be honest, the chicken really isn't the star here - it's the sauce.  Sweet up front, back tongue bite and a bit spicy if you choose to use it as a dip.  

It was terribly easy to make, utilizing a few top notch ingredients that just sing out for each other and take you away from the traditional sticky red barbecue sauce.

The strong flavor make this a great sauce for more than just chicken.  It would also be fabulous on pork or steak and possibly even a meaty fish.

Lucky for you it makes enough to try them all!

Chicken with Balsamic BBQ Sauce (Giada  De Laurentiis)

1 cup balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 pieces chicken (any combination of breast or leg-and-thigh pieces)
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and stir until all the they are incorporated and the mixture is smooth. Simmer over medium heat until reduced by 1/3, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Place a grill pan over medium heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Season the meat with salt and pepper. Lightly coat the chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Place the meat on the grill.

Cook the chicken about 8 minutes per side. Brush sauce over the chicken during the last 2-3 minutes of cooking time.

Remove the meat from the grill and let rest for at least 5 minutes. Serve with the BBQ sauce alongside.

NOTE:   The chicken can be baked in the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place the chicken skin side up in a baking dish and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the baking dish from the oven and spoon the BBQ sauce all over the top of the chicken. Return the baking dish to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes.


  1. I love the sound of this sauce. It's chicken on the BBQ for us tonight so I think I will give this a go!

  2. Wonderful! You will have to tell me if you liked it!