My last recipe for this year’s National BBQ Week is a simple sticky BBQ butterfly chicken breast ( no bone so no need to worry about cooking the meat through ) with a nice simple sticky Kansas city style BBQ sauce which can be used on ribs and other BBQ meats. Don’t use it too early during the cooking process as it will easily burn due to the relatively high sugar content. For more information on how to BBQ successfully please read my post on grilling temperatures. When you make it use a good quality ketchup as I find cheaper varieties a little too acidic. Enjoy.
Brilliant BBQ Style Chicken Breasts
A butterfly chicken breast is sliced nearly through to open out the breast allowing it to be stuffed and rolled, batted out and breadcrumbed or simply cooked quicker.
4 large butterflied Chicken Breasts ( ask your butcher to do this )
A little Olive oil
Sea Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
For the sauce
400 ml quality Tomato Ketchup
100 gr Soft Brown Sugar
3 Cloves of Garlic, peeled and crushed
2 tablespoons Sherry Vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons melted Butter
1 teaspoon English Mustard Powder
1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
½ teaspoon dried Thyme
½ teaspoon Celery Salt
A couple of splashes of Sriracha hot sauce ( to your taste )
For the sauce, take a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan and sauté the garlic gently in the butter until tender and without overly browning which will make the sauce bitter. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer, stirring regularly to prevent the sauce sticking to the pan and burning. Cook out for five minutes and remove from the heat and set aside.
To cook the chicken breasts, brush with a little oil, season well and cook over a medium-hot BBQ for eight to ten minutes each side then baste with the sauce and cook for five to ten more minutes, continuing to baste until the meat is cooked and any juices run clear.
Alternatively, line a baking tray with aluminium foil and lightly grease. Place on the chicken and cook under a medium hot grill as above. After cooking either under the grill or on the BBQ brush the chicken breast generously with extra sauce and serve.
What to Drink? Continental style Blonde beers cut through the sweet sticky sauce and I like to pair the chicken with sweeter, lower alcohol Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc white wines.
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