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Balsamic Barbecued Chicken With Garlic, Rosemary and Sage

Balsamic Barbecued Chicken With Garlic, Rosemary and Sage
Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

To me, barbecued chicken tastes better in the heat of summer than any other time of year. It's perfect for a buffet or picnic. But to satisfy my taste, I started a quest for a lighter, bronzed rendition of barbecued ... Read more

Total time: 1 1/2 hours plus 8 hours marinating | Serves 4 to 6
  • 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh sage
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 (3 1/2-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 cups mesquite chips, soaked in water to cover for 1 hour, then drained
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Step 1Combine vinegar, honey, ketchup, oil, garlic, rosemary, sage and pepper flakes in food processor or blender. You will have about 2 cups. Place chicken in resealable plastic food bag and pour 1 cup over chicken. Through plastic bag, work marinade around chicken. Seal bag and place in shallow pan. Refrigerate overnight, turning bag occasionally.

Step 2Simmer remaining 1 cup sauce in small saucepan, uncovered, 5 minutes. Strain, discarding solids. (Can be refrigerated up to 1 week. Reheat before serving.)

Step 3Prepare grill for indirect grilling. When hot, toss half of chips on each pile of coals, if using charcoal. For gas, put chips in smoker box.

Step 4Transfer chicken from marinade to pan; reserve marinade. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Grill chicken over indirect heat, turning after 30 minutes and brushing often with reserved marinade (use it all), until fully cooked and bronzed, about 60 to 70 minutes. Internal temperature (taken in thickest part of thigh) should be at least 165 degrees. Pass warm barbecue sauce separately.

Each of 6 servings:
338 calories; 543 mg sodium; 97 mg cholesterol; 22 grams fat; 10 grams carbohydrates; 24 grams protein; 0.34 gram fiber.
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