Finger-Lickin' Barbecue Chicken


Country meets city in this barbecue sauce recipe that's perfect to serve for Fourth of July celebrations or any outdoor summer party. Sherry supplies the uptown flavor. The homemade barbecue sauce makes this grilled chicken dinner special.

Finger-Lickin' Barbecued Chicken
Prep Time:
45 mins
Marinate Time:
2 hrs
Grill Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 35 mins


  • 3 - 4 pound meaty chicken pieces (breasts, thighs, and drumsticks)

  • 1 ½ cup dry sherry

  • 1 cup finely chopped onion

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 15 ounce can tomato puree

  • ¼ cup honey

  • 3 tablespoon light-flavored molasses

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon ground red pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 tablespoon white vinegar


  1. Place chicken in a plastic bag set in a shallow dish. For marinade, in a medium bowl stir together sherry, onion, lemon juice, bay leaves, and garlic. Pour over chicken; seal bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours, turning bag occasionally. Drain chicken, reserving marinade. Cover and chill chicken until ready to grill.

  2. For sauce, in a large saucepan combine the reserved marinade, the tomato puree, honey, molasses, salt, thyme, red pepper, and pepper. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until reduced to 2 cups. Remove from heat; remove bay leaves. Stir in vinegar.

  3. For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above the pan. Place chicken pieces, bone sides down, on grill rack over drip pan. Cover and grill for 50 to 60 minutes or until tender and no longer pink, brushing with some of the sauce during the last 15 minutes of grilling. [For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. To serve, reheat and pass the remaining sauce with chicken. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

503 Calories
18g Fat
35g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 503
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 779mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 17.1mg 86%
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 3.2mg 18%
Potassium 853mg 18%
Folate, total 20.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.8mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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