Thursday, July 28, 2011

Root Beer BBQ Chicken

I saw this on my friends Cristine's fabulous blog: 
awhile back and have been wanting to make it.  It is hard to keep root beer in our house though because my husband will drink it if it's around.  I finally made it the other night, and it was absolutely delicious.  The chicken was so tender and full of flavor.  The kids all loved it.
I made the BBQ sauce too and honestly, while it was very good, to me it was not necessarily better than some other sauces I have had.  I would definitely make the chicken again.  Not sure this particular BBQ sauce is needed though, to make it as fabulous as it was.

Root Beer BBQ Chicken
Recipe from Prudence Pennywise

  • 2 cans root beer, divided use
  • 1/2 cup smoky barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard, plus 1/4 cup more for marinade
  • brown sugar, if needed
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken
  • 1 tsp. each salt and pepper
  • 1 TBSP each paprika and garlic powder
  • 2 TBSP olive oil

In a small saucepan, boil one can root beer until thick and syrupy, about 30 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup each smoky barbecue sauce and 1/2 cup Dijon (I used Honey Dijon). Taste this sauce and add brown sugar if the sauce needs a little sweetness. (Notes: you should have plenty of extra sauce for dipping-just reserve half of it before spreading it on the chicken.)

Meanwhile, smear chicken with Dijon. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder; drizzle with olive oil. Place in zip top bag. Pour root beer over chicken, cover and marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours.

Grill or broil chicken, about five minutes per side, or until outside is nicely browned and inside is no longer pink. Baste with BBQ sauce while cooking.

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