Quick & Easy Chicken w/ Homemade BBQ Sauce

I love to barbeque; I’ve been spoiled this summer to be at my parents’ house a lot, and they have an amazing charcoal grill. We made this recipe one hot summer evening, but now that summer is coming to a close, I’ll be baking the chicken, or using a grill pan on my stove top.

The BBQ sauce recipe is partially based on my mom’s sweet & sour meatball recipe, where she uses pineapple juice to sweeten the tomato sauce. Yes, you can just use a bottle of store-bought BBQ sauce, but this one is really quick to whip up, and (I think) it’s much more delicious :). The secret weapon in this sauce is the allspice; most of your guests won’t be able to discern what it is, but they will know that there’s something special about your sauce!

Tip: Get dinner on the table faster by prepping the night before! Marinate the chicken in the BBQ sauce overnight, then just pop in the oven when you get home from work. This recipe also freezes very well, so make a double batch and you’ll have dinner next week too!

This recipe is also guest posted on Ginger Lemon Girl, her blog is great so check it out!

Quick & Easy Chicken w/ Homemade BBQ Sauce


1/4 cup ketchup
1 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp curry powder
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 chicken, cut into 8 pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients but chicken.
  3. Rub BBQ sauce all over chicken, both over and under skin.
  4. Bake uncovered in the oven for 35-45 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.

Serve with rice and a side of asparagus (see below) for a tasty and healthy weeknight dinner!

Fun variations:

  • Add 1/2 tsp garam masala for an Indian-inspired BBQ sauce
  • Add a couple of shots of sriracha for a spicy wing sauce
  • Add some chopped fresh rosemary, thyme, or taragon for an earthy, herbaceous sauce

The cost:
chicken: 7.99
other ingredients: 2.99 (but mostly pantry)

Grand total: $10.98; serves 4-6 + bbq chicken salad for lunch tomorrow

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  1. follow up – I made the bbq sauce for dinner tonight, and had it on some seitan. it was AMAZING. soooo yummy.

    the only change I’d make is more garam masala… i put in the recommended 1/2 tsp for the indian themed, and I couldn’t taste it 🙁

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