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Chili Sauce Chicken Recipe
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Chili Sauce Chicken Recipe

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Chili sauce, with plenty of garlic and basil, flavors these moist chicken thighs. We enjoy this tender grilled chicken not just in summertime, but throughout the year. —Marilyn Waltz, Idyllwild, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
  • 1/3 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 10 to 12 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs (about 3 pounds)


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the first seven ingredients until blended. Pour 1-1/2 cups marinade into a large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  2. Drain chicken, discarding marinade in bag. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, rub on grill rack to coat lightly.
  3. Place chicken on grill rack, skin side down. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 15 minutes. Turn; grill 10-15 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 170°-175°, basting occasionally with reserved marinade.
    Freeze option: Freeze chicken with 1-1/2 cups marinade in a resealable plastic freezer bag. Freeze reserved marinade in a freezer container. To use, thaw chicken with marinade and reserved marinade in refrigerator overnight. Drain chicken, discarding marinade in bag. Grill as directed, basting with reserved marinade.
    Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Chili Sauce Chicken in Quick Cooking May/June 2002, p10

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Aug. 17, 2015

"I'm sure this is delicious, but I'm really confused as to why it was shown in a line-up of recipes listed as "5-ingredient chicken recipes"! There are NOT 5 ingredients, but 8!"

Reviewed Aug. 15, 2015

"These were so good and easy. Only had hot chili sauce and WOW they had a lot of heat. Next time I will use mild chili sauce."

Reviewed May. 23, 2015

"Mmm - I love chili sauce and chicken, and this recipe was great! I used garlic powder instead of whole garlic and I baked it around 45 minutes."

Reviewed May. 15, 2015

"This was oh so good! Since I don't own a grill, I baked the chicken at 400 for 35 minutes. I was skeptical about so much garlic, but it was great, will definitely be making this again."

Reviewed May. 14, 2015

"I made this tonight, and it was delicious! My teen daughter mixed up the marinade for me last night so all I had to do was add the chicken this morning, then throw it on the grill half and hour before dinner. Easy and yummy!"

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