Tropical BBQ Chicken Recipe
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Tropical BBQ Chicken Recipe

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"This is my favorite slow cooker recipe," remarks Yvonne McKim of Vancouver, Washington. The delicious, slightly spicy sauce will win you over, too!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES:2 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 2 chicken leg quarters (8 ounces each), skin removed
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken quarter with 1/4 cup sauce equals 301 calories, 14 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 83 mg cholesterol, 601 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 25 g protein.


  1. With a sharp knife, cut leg quarters at the joints if desired; place in a 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, orange juice, brown sugar, vinegar, oil, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt and pepper; pour over chicken.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until meat is tender.
  3. Remove chicken to a serving platter; keep warm.
  4. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer 1/2 cup to a small saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with chicken. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Tropical BBQ Chicken in Cooking for 2 Summer 2009, p39

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"Absolutely awful. The vinegar especially killed the flavor. We would never recommend this."

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"For all you people having trouble taking the skin off chicken pieces - just use a paper towel - magic!"

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2012

"Very good recipe. I found after 2 hours in the slow cooker the sauce disappeared. Next time I make this recipe I will double the sauce. Thanks for sharing!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"We loved this one! The recipe makes plenty of sauce. Dried parsley worked just fine. This was so tender that the meat was just falling off the bones after 5 hours of cooking on low. The only downside was that I'm new to having to skin things it took me 35 minutes to skin and trim the chicken. Next time I'll just buy skinless. This would be easy to use to make pulled sandwiches."

Reviewed Jun. 28, 2011

"I made this with prok ribs and since I did not have orange juice I used pineapple juice and I use 2 cloves of minced garlic instead of garlic salt...the results were YUMMY. This recipe could be used with chicken, pork or beef short ribs. It is wonderful."

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