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If you're following along, you're all set for the Fourth of July with Brown Sugar and Bacon Baked Beans, Buttermilk and Blue Cheese Red Potato Salad, Tomato and Cucumber Cole Slaw with Lemon Dressing, and now Tangy Peach Barbecue Chicken....
My four married nieces (Candice, Courtney, Cammy, and Katie from my oldest sister Laurie) put in a desperate pitch for fast and easy recipes, with no more than five ingredients. Essentially, they want delicious and foolproof recipes for reluctant cooks. Help is on the way!
I created this barbecue chicken recipe with my busy nieces in mind. They can whip up this tangy peach barbecue sauce while they take care of their babies and tots, then send their husbands outside to man the grill. It's simple and fast, but don't be deceived-it's also irresistibly sweet and tangy and yummy-oh so much better than any bottled sauce you might be tempted to buy. Plus it's perfect for the Fourth, with it's bright and peachy, all-American flavors. Since boneless, skinless chicken has a tendency to dry out on the grill, I've soaked mine overnight in a brine (salty water). It isn't vital, but it's a great way to keep the meat moist and juicy. I'm sure you'll enjoy this chicken and the rest of the menu, whether you're a seasoned chef or a reluctant cook. Happy Third of July!
Grilled Chicken with Easy Tangy Peach Barbecue Sauce
Estimated Cost: $4.00
Notes: For the brine soak, in a large zip top bag, combine chicken, 3 cups water, 1 tablespoon salt and 1 tablespoon sugar. Let soak overnight. Drain and pat dry.
1 cup peach preserves
1 cup ketchup
4 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken
Preheat grill for medium hot cooking. Combine all ingredients (except chicken) in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer. To avoid cross contamination, set aside half the sauce for serving with the cooked chicken. Pour some of remaining sauce on chicken and continue to baste with sauce while grilling. Grill chicken for four to six minutes per side, depending on thickness, basting frequently with sauce. Serve with extra peach barbecue sauce. Enjoy!
Coming Tomorrow (early, I promise):
Red, White, and Blue M and M cookies
Did anyone else have trouble finding patriotic M and Ms this year?