As a family project, have you ever tried to empty out the basement, clean and organize the entire top floor of your house, and move the kids’ beds from one bedroom to the next in order to help one daughter (who moved out) downsize in favor of giving another daughter (who lives in) more space? Then you would know how hungry this makes the movers (aka your family), and how having a low blood sugar can cause crankiness that is highly contagious.
Last weekend, anticipating the need for lots of food, all day long, at our giant all-family cleanup, I had bought and made a variety of dishes—including homemade hummus, corn salad, roasted vegetables, and burgers. By the time lunch and dinner had been consumed, it was clear that Barbecued Chicken was the hands-down favorite.
While it is not easy to find boneless, skinless chicken thighs and you may be temped to use skinless, boneless chicken breast instead, search out the thighs. The meat is much richer and tastier than white meat, and it cooks nearly as quickly, too. Of course, in a pinch you can use bone-in thighs or, for that matter, chicken drumsticks, but I think you will like the flavor of these much better.
Easy Barbecued Chicken
- 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp chili powder or more to taste
- 1 Tbsp dry mustard
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ¾ cup catsup
- 3 Tbsp soy sauce
- ¼ cup cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp spicy brown mustard
- ¾ tsp chipotle hot sauce or to taste
- 2 Tbsp thinly sliced scallion (mainly the green part, for color)
Preheat a grill to medium.
Arrange the chicken thighs in a single layer on a large baking sheet. You can flatten them slightly. When they are boned, this should be easy.
In small bowl, combine 2 Tbsp brown sugar, chili powder, mustard, and salt. Sprinkle over chicken. Turn chicken to coat all sides. Set chicken aside (no need to refrigerate it) for 15 minutes.
In a medium non-stick saucepan, combine remaining brown sugar, black pepper, catsup, soy sauce, cider vinegar, brown mustard, and chipotle hot sauce. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Grill the chicken on medium for about 20 minutes, turning occasionally. When it is nearly done, brush with the barbecue sauce. Grill for 1 minute, then turn over and brush other side with more sauce. Grill until completely done, another minute or two. Transfer to a large platter and sprinkle with scallions.