Friday, 26 April 2013

Chicken with Barbecue Sauce

My boys catch a bus home from school, then I collect them from the bus stop and drive them home. On the car trip home, we usually chat about what happened at school, who they had lunch with, what games they played at lunchtime, that sort of thing. When they got in the car tonight, the conversation went like this:

Linus: "What's that smell?"
Joey: "Yeah, what is that smell?"
Me: "I can't smell anything. What does it smell like?"
Linus: "It smells like sauce."
Joey: "Yeah, that's it, like sauce."

I've been at home with a pot of simmering barbecue sauce on the stove and I smell like sauce. How was your day?

Chicken with Barbecue Sauce
slightly adapted from Food Network
Serves 4

1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup light soy sauce
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon mustard powder
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon of your favourite chilli powder (I used ancho chilli powder because one of my sons doesn't like his food too spicy and ancho is more fruity than hot.)
1 x 4cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 3 pieces
1 lemon, sliced into 1cm slices
1kg of chicken pieces, skin on, bone in  (I used 4 wings, 4 thighs and  4 drumsticks)
Sea salt flakes

Put the ketchup, vinegar  Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, light brown sugar, dark brown sugar, mustard powder, Dijon mustard and spices into a medium saucepan and stir. Bring it to boil over medium heat and add the ginger and lemon slices. Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Fish out the ginger and lemon pieces and discard them.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.

Pop a rack in the centre of the oven and line a shallow-sided baking tray with foil. Pour half of the sauce into a jug for serving at the table.

Season the chicken pieces with salt and then dunk them into the sauce that's in the saucepan to completely cover them in sauce. Lay them on the baking tray skin-side-up in a single layer with space between the pieces.

Roast the chicken in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the tray from the oven and turn the chicken over and return it to the oven for another 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through.

Turn the chicken back over so that the skin side is facing up again and brush with more of the reserved barbecue sauce. Turn the grill (broiler) on to medium high and grill (broil) the chicken until is caught here and there and slightly charred in spots.

Serve with extra barbecue sauce at the table.


  1. Sounds absolutely delicious and a MUCH more quality chicken meal than KFC, which is what I have for dinner! Jealous!!!!

  2. I wish I could smell it too! Looks delicious!

  3. Haha! My husband told me I smelled like bacon the other day. I think that was supposed to be a compliment?!?!

    Gorgeous chicken!!!

  4. Au de BBQ - that gave me my morning chuckle. Your chicken looks scrumptious indeed. Have a great weekend Jen.

  5. well, there are definitely worse things to smell like than sauce (which looks delicious BTW). it's only breakfast time here and now i'm craving BBQ.
    you do this to me every morning!! lol!

  6. I love it!!!! I really enjoy making my own BBQ sauce and this one looks so damn good, I'll have to make it :)

  7. Hehe Sam. It's Friday night and I'm sure you deserved a night of take-away after having to meet the demands of your boss all week :)

  8. Haha Sara - I think you're the only who can't smell it.

  9. LOL! Little Kitchie - Bacon and BBQ - maybe we should bring out a new fragrance?

  10. Hey Michele. I go to bed thinking of marshmallows and croissants because of you - it only seems fair to have you craving BBQ chicken for breakfast :)

  11. Hey Gabrielle. Make it - it even tastes better than I smell.

  12. That chicken is gorgeous! And the caramelization! Oy! Definitely worth smelling like sauce for. :)

  13. Hey Pink Patisserie. I either smell of sauce or cake or pie or whatever's on the stove or in the oven.