Balsamic Barbecued Chicken with Garlic, Rosemary and Sage
Recipe type: Poultry
Serves: 6
  • 2/3 Cup Balsamic vinegar
  • 2/3 Cup honey
  • 3/4 Cup ketchup
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 3 Tablespoons minced fresh sage
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 chicken (3 1/2 pounds); cut 8 pieces
  • 2 Cups mesquite chips
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Combine vinegar, honey, ketchup, oil, garlic, rosemary, sage and pepper flakes in food processor or blender. You will have about 2 Cups.
  2. Place chicken in resealable plastic food bag and pour 1 Cup over chicken. Through plastic bag, work marinade around chicken. Seal bag and place in shallow pan. Refrigerate overnight, turning bag occasionally.
  3. Simmer remaining 1 Cup sauce in small saucepan, uncovered, 5 minutes. Strain, discarding solids. (Can be refrigerated up to 1 week. Reheat before serving.)
  4. Soak mesquite chips in water to cover for 1 hour, then drain. Prepare grill for indirect grilling. When hot, toss half of chips on each pile of coals, if using charcoal. For gas, put chips in smoker box.
  5. Transfer chicken from marinade to pan; reserve marinade. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Grill chicken over indirect heat, turning after 30 minutes and brushing often with reserved marinade (use it all), until fully cooked and bronzed, about 60 to 70 minutes. Internal temperature (taken in thickest part of thigh) should be at least 165 degrees. Pass warm barbecue sauce separately.
This recipe yields 4 to 6 servings.

Each of 6 servings: 338 calories; 543 mg sodium; 97 mg cholesterol; 22 grams fat; 10 grams carbohydrates; 24 grams protein; 0.34 gram fiber.

Comments: This barbecue sauce has a thinner consistency than most; it's used as a marinade and also as a sauce to pass at the table.

NOTES : Recipe by Abby Mandel, cookbook author, syndicated food columnist, and a James Beard Foundation award winner
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