Cook Time: 20 minutes Difficulty: Easy
Move over BBQ chicken, and say hello to Spicy Cherry Chicken! This easy chicken recipe is sweet, spicy, and baked in the oven, but could easily be grilled...unless it's sub zero...then grilling is no fun!
Grilling is my hubby's thing. Our family usually grills year round, but at 19 degrees, as it was here the other day in Pennsylvania, with a wind-chill factor of something crazy, it was even too much for my die-hard grilling hubby. Of course my hankering for BBQ chicken occurred on the coldest day of the year, so we baked the chicken instead and stayed nice and toasty inside;).
One problem, we were out of our favorite bottled BBQ sauce;( So, what's gal to do? Improvise! To me, one missing ingredient was not worth braving the Tundra to go to the grocery store, so I improvised with what I had... ketchup, Cherchies® Cherry Hot Pepper Jam and liquid smoke! Holy Smoke (pun intended), it worked!
The chicken legs were juicy, tangy, and absolutely delicious, in fact, I may never go back to store bought BBQ sauce again friends! This homemade BBQ sauce is a recipe you seriously need to consider trying!
- 1 package chicken legs or chicken breasts
- 1 Tablespoon Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning Blend
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup Cherchies® Cherry Hot Pepper Jam (could also substitute Cherchies® Strawberry Hot Pepper Jam, or Cherchies® Cranberry Hot Pepper Jam)
- 1/2 cup Fine Vines® Original Artisanal Ketchup
- 1 teaspoon (tsp) liquid smoke
- 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) olive oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together the Cherry Hot Pepper Jam, ketchup, and the liquid smoke. Place chicken on a baking sheet and drizzle the chicken with olive oil. Sprinkle the chicken with Garlic Seasoning and pepper. Brush half of the ketchup mixture over the chicken, reserving the other half for later in the baking process.
Bake chicken for 15 minutes. Remove chicken briefly from the oven and brush on the remaining sauce and finish cooking for another 15 minutes or until thermometer reads 165 degrees. Once chicken is removed from oven, allow it to sit for 10 minutes.