Spicy Barbecued Chicken Recipe
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Spicy Barbecued Chicken Recipe

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This spicy, saucy chicken is great served with basil-buttered grilled corn on the cob and fresh coleslaw. —Rita Wintrode, Corryton, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt-free seasoning blend, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half : 179 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 293mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a small saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Add chili sauce, brown sugar, 1 teaspoon seasoning blend and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  2. In a small bowl, mix mustard, chili powder and remaining seasoning blend and cayenne; rub over chicken. Lightly coat grill rack with cooking oil.
  3. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 4 minutes. Turn; grill 4-6 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 165°, brushing tops occasionally with chili sauce mixture. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Spicy Barbecued Chicken in Taste of Home June/July 2006, p8

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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meaganteal User ID: 814898 232525
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2015

"Didn't change anything. Really liked this. We made it over Labor Day and it was great!!! We didn't find it to spicy at all, even my 4 and 8 year old loved it."

wunsagin User ID: 791731 230768
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2015

"flavor is great! I think it would really be good on wings."

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 229703
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2015

"We had this delicious chicken tonight and it was delicious. I think next time I may cut back on the cayenne but it was not overly spicy for us. It was very easy to prepare and grill. We will be having this again. I highly recommend this recipe as a Volunteer Field Editor."

lmmanda User ID: 1101093 215638
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

"Delicious! I did make a few changes since my husband doesn't like spicy foods. I used 1/8 t of cayenne in the sauce, and in the rub, I only used 1 t of chili powder and omitted the cayenne. I also baked the chicken in the oven at 400 for 25 mins. I baked it without sauce the first 10 mins, then basted the chicken with sauce and baked it the rest if the way."

hamhock32 User ID: 7001222 54376
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2014

"Very spicy, will cut down on the spice next time."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 82419
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"Delicious and very spicy!"

DonitaG User ID: 6372220 53905
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"Very good on chicken, and I'm going to try it on pork!"

Cook_aholic User ID: 797539 54375
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2013

"I made this some time ago and I really liked it, as did the family. It's really low sodium. I did use a little less cayenne pepper and chili powder but only because of our tastes."

jackofalltrades User ID: 6344852 134740
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2013

"The stars didn't come up to use. It's a five. And thank you, thank you for giving the $ Savings thingy. I use that!!!"

zerbmeister User ID: 4026995 141274
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2011

"Very tasty! The sauce was easy to make, and I even substituted a spicy BBQ Sauce for the chili sauce and it turned out great! I might cut back a little bit on the Cayenne Pepper as it was just a touch too spicy. However, it was delicious and I will definitely be making it again!"

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