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Posted on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 : 8:50 a.m.

Berry Fest continues with recipe for grilled chicken with blueberry barbecue sauce

By Mary Bilyeu


Mary Bilyeu | Contributor

Chicken is particularly well-suited to serve with fruit, so it only seemed natural that my Berry Fest should feature some poultry complemented by a sweet sauce.  But not too sweet —it should have some zest.

So I took my basic homemade barbecue sauce, which is universally loved and has a fabulous flavor, and cooked some blueberries in it to enhance it. Brushed onto chicken as it grilled, to set the sauce and caramelize it a bit, this entree was an ideal summer food!

This grilled chicken was fork-tender, sweet, spicy... perfection!

Blackberry-Fig Marinated Grilled Chicken with Spiced Blueberry BBQ Sauce

5 pounds Pine Manor Farms free-to-roam Amish chicken thighs with skin
1 cup Bella's Organic Blackberry & Fig Balsamic Dressing

Place chicken into 2 gallon-size freezer baggies; pour 1/2 cup marinade into each baggie. Seal tightly, turn to coat chicken, and refrigerate overnight.

BBQ Sauce:
2/3 cup organic blueberries
1/4 cup water
1 12-ounce bottle chili sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons Whole Foods 365 brand organic honey mustard
splash of cayenne pepper sauce

Bring blueberries and water to a boil over medium heat in a medium saucepan; cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently and mashing the berries. Add remaining ingredients and bring just to a boil; simmer 5 minutes, then remove from heat.

Preheat grill to medium-high. Remove chicken from marinade and drain, then place onto grill. Cook for 8 minutes per side. Baste with sauce, cook 5 more minutes. Turn chicken over, baste with sauce, cook 5 more minutes or until firm.

Serves 8-10.

(Note: Whole Foods Market very graciously provided me with a gift card to help purchase supplies.)

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Mary Bilyeu writes about her adventures in the kitchen - making dinner, celebrating holidays, entering cooking contests ... whatever strikes her fancy. She is also on a mission to find great deals for her Frugal Floozie Friday posts, seeking fabulous food at restaurants on the limited budget of only $5 per person. Feel free to email her with questions or comments or suggestions:

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The phrase "You Should Only Be Happy" (written in Hebrew on the stone pictured in this post) comes from Deuteronomy 16:15 and is a wish for all her readers - when you come to visit here, may you always be happy.


Rob MI

Tue, Jun 26, 2012 : 2:40 p.m.

I'll have to try this blueberry BBQ sauce and see if I like it any better than the other one I made. This shouldn't be too difficult, as I didn't care for the other one (by noted BBQ author Stephen Raichlen in one of his books) at all.

Mary Bilyeu

Tue, Jun 26, 2012 : 3:36 p.m.

I hope you enjoy it - the chicken was a big hit at the party!

Rork Kuick

Tue, Jun 26, 2012 : 2:28 p.m.

Sugar and vinegar, now on everything in the US. Makes going out to eat a challenge.