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When trying to stretch the family budget one of the hardest things for us to do is to make those same old meat dishes different and fun. Chicken thighs are often on sale cheaper than any other cut of meat in our grocery stores, but there is just so much I can come up with to do with them. We love grilling and traditional barbecue sauces are always a go-to but this sauce is one that classes things up just a bit for us. Any time I make these chicken thighs the whole family feels like they’ve been treated to something fancy. I especially like how I can use this sauce on almost any chicken and present something unique and classy at the last minute when we have company over for parties or events.
CITRUS HONEY CHIPOLTE BBQ SAUCE
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup orange juice concentrate (still frozen)
½ cup ketchup
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
2 scallions chopped fine
2 teaspoons minced garlic
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons chipotle in adobe puree
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon soy sauce
In medium bowl, mix together all ingredients. Pour over chicken thighs marinating for 3-4 hours. Grill as normal. (Admittedly, we prefer to boil bone in chicken then pour marinade over it and then grill. This allows for shorter cook time- preventing dryness and/or burning – and also assurance the meat is cooked through). Brush extra sauce on chicken as it grills. If you like to serve some sauce on the side, make sure to reserve “clean” sauce prior to marinating. I prefer to heat that sauce and boil for 2-3 minutes to blend ingredients more.
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