Kid friendly BBQ Chicken
This kid friendly BBQ chicken is not just for kids but for anyone who loves BBQ sauce but hates spice. Everyone knows that BBQ sauce just seems to taste nicer when it’s served in a restaurant. I know that many restaurants buy wholesale BBQ sauce, so I try to recreate this as best that I can at home – minus any spice that’s added. If I try to sneak in even a little bit of spice into my BBQ sauce my kids will call me out on it right away. Guaranteed. I’ve tried. So this time I decided to make my own BBQ sauce that has the sweetness and tanginess that makes BBQ so delicious, and the chicken so tender, but eliminate any hint of a kick. Yep. No chili peppers. Typically I love to add chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to my BBQ sauce but this time I resisted the urge. The sweetness comes from honey and molasses (which is key) and the tang from an apple cider vinegar. I used a touch of ketchup and a touch of soy sauce. And the best part is this sauce saves for several weeks in the fridge so make a batch and save some for later!
Another real key to this sauce is that I use fresh garlic and onion. I sauté them for a few minutes to soften both the texture and flavor and then add in the other ingredients before blending. Using fresh garlic and onion really helps thicken the sauce and makes a world of difference in the flavor. I served these tasty chicken bites on skewers as part of a Back To School Party menu. Check it out a sneak preview pic below. Full menu and more pics coming soon. The trick to making it easy to cook and keeping the skewers clean and not burned was to actually grill them first and baste them with extra sauce while I was grilling them. Because I cut them into 1 1/2 inch pieces (or so) the chicken still fit right on the grill without falling through and they cooked super quick. About 5-7 minutes depending on how thick each piece was. After they were done, and beautifully basted with more sauce, I put them on skewers to serve them. Because who doesn’t love food on a stick? Kids do…for sure. And adults too for that matter.
- 1/2 small yellow onion (approx 3/4 cups)
- 2 whole cloves garlic, skins removed
- ¼ cup molasses plus 1 Tablespoon
- 1 cup honey
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
- ½ cup Apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- Skewers for serving (optional)
- In a medium, heavy bottomed sauce pan drizzle the olive oil and heat over medium. Add in the garlic and onion and sauté until just tender, approximately 5 minutes. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
- Transfer to a food processor or use a hand held emulsion blender. Blend until all ingredients are pureed and combined. Cover and store in fridge for several weeks.
- Cut chicken on the diagonal into 1 ½ inch or 2 inch pieces and place in a shallow dish with ½ cup of the bbq sauce, reserving remaining sauce for later. Marinate for 2-3 hours.
- Heat a grill or grill pan and brush with a little canola oil. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard remaining marinade. In a small dish pour another ½ cup or so the reserved bbq sauce. Cook chicken and baste with fresh bbq sauce on both sides. Cook time will vary but thickness of chicken. (approximately 7 minutes)
- Remove cooked chicken from the grill and discard any remaining sauce from the grilling. Skewer the chicken and serve.