BBQ chicken on bun.

A little background on our family. We are originally from Kansas/Missouri, Kansas City to be exact and WE LOVE BBQ! It’s one of the things we miss most (there are many) about KC. IT IS THE BEST, PERIOD. So on Friday I decided to give it a whirl. I never really BBQ’d myself back home, I left that to the pro’s. This really isn’t anything like that at all but it gave me a taste and scratched the itch so to speak. Some testing and experimenting is abound… sauces and slow cooking that is. J loved it and as did I, this will be on rotation for sure, with some recipe tinkering each time for sure. I think the first tinkering I’ll do is go by the full recipe below. You will see I eliminated a few ingredients because I either didn’t have them or the girls didn’t like them. Very good all around recipe though.

BBQ Chicken

Makes 4 servings. Used these two recipes to accomplish what I wanted in the amount of time I wanted. (Couldn’t wait the full 5 hours to slow cook.)

1 (14 oz.) can tomato sauce
3 chipotles in adobo, finely minced, and 2 tsp. adobo sauce (I didn’t have, I didn’t use)
1/4 c. cider vinegar
3 to 4 T. honey
1.5 T. smoked paprika
2 T. tomato paste
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. dry mustard (I just used a little mustard)
1 t. sea salt
1/2 t. cayenne pepper
2 t. aleppo chili powder (I didn’t have, didn’t use)
2 lb. boneless/skinless chicken breasts/tenders
1 large onion, thinly sliced in half circles (I didn’t use)
4 cloves garlic, minced

In a medium sauce pan, bring all the ingredients for the barbecue sauce to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and let cool slightly.

Meanwhile, heat oven to 325 degrees. Place chicken breasts in a roasting pan or rectangular Pyrex baking dish and season well with salt and freshly ground pepper. Arrange sliced onions and garlic over the chicken, then pour the barbecue sauce over top. Cover the baking dish/pan tightly with foil and place in the oven. Cook chicken for about 45 minutes, then remove foil and cook for about 10-15 minutes longer until the sauce has thickened slightly and the chicken is fork tender.

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