Spicy Barbecued Chicken Recipe
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Spicy Barbecued Chicken Recipe

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This zesty chicken is great served with basil-buttered grilled corn on the cob and fresh coleslaw. —Rita A. 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, trace fiber), 23g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1/2 starch, 3 lean meat 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. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack.
  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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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."

Reviewed Aug. 5, 2015

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

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."

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."

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2014

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

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