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Sweet Heat Grilled Chicken

Summertime means a return to the grill and enjoying the company of family and friends around a picnic table. A staple at cookouts is grilled chicken. Tonight I wanted to experiment a little and combine some of our favorite flavors to create a finger-licking-good grilled chicken. There is absolutely nothing bland about this chicken recipe. All of the pieces are tender and juicy while still crisp on the exterior. By marinading for 2 hours in the dry rub, the flavor reaches all the way to the bone. I am definitely keeping this recipe close at hand. While we were enjoying this wonderful meal, I actually said "This is the best barbecued chicken I have ever eaten!" For a Southern girl, that is a BIG statement!

1 Whole Chicken, Cut-Up

2 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Black Pepper
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Paprika
1 teaspoon Dried Mustard
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

1 1/2 teaspoon Vegetable Oil
1/2 Medium Yellow Onion, Diced
3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/2 Cup Ketchup
1/4 Cup Yellow Mustard
2 teaspoon Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce
1/4 Cup White Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

1. Cut the chicken breasts in half across the middle to make the pieces all similar in size. Place the chicken in a large bowl.
2. In a small bowl, combine all of the dry rub ingredients. Sprinkle over the chicken, tossing the meat around and thoroughly coating all pieces.
3. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
4. Remove from the refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before cooking.
5. Preheat the grill over LOW heat. Place the chicken skin-side-down. Close the lid and allow to cook for 20 minutes. Flip and cook and additional 20 minutes with the lid down. 
While the chicken cooks, prepare the sauce.
6. In a small saucepan, sautee the onion and garlic in vegetable oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes or until starting to become tender. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir. Simmer on LOW for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
7. When the chicken is cooked, brush each side with the sauce and allow to cook for an additional 10 minutes on LOW heat.
8. Serve and enjoy!


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