Monday, June 23, 2014

Sweet Home Alabama


Remember that scene from the movie "Forrest Gump" where he is dancing to the song "Sweet Home Alabama"?  I love that scene.  Carefree, uninhibited, happy.  What a great feeling.  He danced in front of the window without a care in the world, without being judged, without being critiqued.  Just a great feel-good moment.  We should all have a few moments like that.  

So what does that moment have to do with a recipe? Probably not much.  My thoughts tend to wander when I write, and the fact that this Grilled Chicken with White BBQ Sauce is something generally only found in Northern Alabama led my wandering mind to that movie.  This BBQ sauce is something completely different than what you would expect for BBQ sauce.  It's a mayonnaise based sauce and very tangy.  We were pleasantly surprised at how good this tasted. It's truly finger-licking good.  So, after you cook and eat this chicken, dance like no one is watching.  Throw your hands in the air like you just don't care.  Be happy!

GRILLED WHITE BBQ CHICKEN
4 bone-in chicken breasts
1 C mayonnaise
1/3 C apple cider vinegar
1/4 C lemon juice
1 T minced garlic
1 T prepared horseradish
1 T black pepper
1 T spicy brown mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix together all of the sauce ingredients with a whisk.  Divide the sauce in half.  Prepare your grill, either charcoal or gas. Brush half of the sauce on both sides of each chicken breast. Cook over direct heat for 10 minutes on each side.  Then cook over indirect heat for 10-15 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer registers 165 degrees.  Let it rest for about five minutes.  Serve with the remaining sauce.

33 comments:

  1. I like how your mind wonders... and then you come up with a recipe. I am like this too only lately we are going thru a rough patch like everything has fallen on us all together so I am not much for blogging.
    Great recipe. We shall try it with our next chicken. Cheers.

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  2. Do you think it would be a good idea to marinate this in a ziplock for a bit beforehand, saving a portion to baste with? It sounds so yummy!

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    1. I think that would be a good idea, Alicia, but it's kind of a thick sauce. You may want to thin it out. I'd love to know how that works out!

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    2. I tried it as a quick marinade tonight. Just about an hour. I think I used less than a cup of mayo, so it wasn't too thick. And I hate basting. It turned out tasty and I saved a little sauce on the side for a gentle dip. It is pretty hot so I didn't want to slather more. I would bet that an all day bath in the sauce would make even more delicious and tender chicken.

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    3. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Linda! Thank you for letting me know!

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  3. I believe if you use at least half greek yogurt in place if mayo it will save on some calories. Still giving it great flavor and thicknesses :-) should try:-)

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    1. Sounds great! Please let me know how it turns out!

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    2. This is Southern Food. I don't think we're too worried about calories. Just saying... 8~)

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    3. I made it using 1/2 mayo & 1/2 plain greek yogurt & it was so good, I'm making it again this weekend...thanks!

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    4. You're so welcome! I'm glad you enjoy it!

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  4. Can this be done in the oven?

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    1. I bet it sure can be done in the oven. I would use a thermometer to make sure it gets done through. I'd love to know how that turns out!

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    2. I tried it in the oven and it's great

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    3. Oh, good! Thank you for letting me know!

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  5. I am an Expat living in Guadalajara, MX who started a foodie group a few months ago. The members bring dishes, based on each month's theme, to share with other members. The theme this month was BBQ. Since I knew one of the guys was doing ribs with a dry rub finished with a tequila based sauce I thought chicken thighs grilled with this sauce would be a nice contrast. I served the extra sauce on the side and every one loved it. Oh oh, I even saw some people putting the sauce on the ribs. The recipes on this site rock....I teach American cooking here and the results for recipes used from BBCG are consistently outstanding.

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    1. Thank you so much for the great compliments, Gail! I'm so glad this turned out great for you!

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  6. Made this dish yesterday - love the sauce! I did bake the chicken in the oven though and added the sauce towards the end, basting with it several times. Delicious!! Just saw the idea of using greek yogurt, may try that next time. Love your blog! Bev Sargent

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    1. Thank you so much, Bev! I'm so glad it turned out wel for you. Thank you for letting me know!

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    2. How did you bake it in the oven? The details. I bought all the ingredients without reading that I'd need a grill.

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    3. Hi, Jordan! Bake it at 375 degrees for anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes. The internal temperature should be at 165 degrees. I hope it turns out great!

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    4. I have a question: when you bake it in the oven do you cover it with foil?

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  7. My boyfriend doesn't like horseradish, do you recommend something I could substitute?? He has extra ordinary taste buds and even if he doesn't know that I put it in he can taste it!!

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    1. Hunter, I Googled it, and all I came up with was spicy hot mustard or ginger. I think those would alter the flavor though. When I researched this sauce, I found plenty of recipes without the horseradish so I think you can just leave it out. Enjoy!

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  8. I have a tip for you. :D Soak your chicken in buttermilk over night for the most tender juicy chicken you have ever had. When you're ready to cook just pull it out of the bag, throw away the buttermilk and cook the chicken according to your recipe. You will never taste the buttermilk but you will be amazed what it does. You can also add spices or herbs for a little extra kick. It acts like a brine that way.

    Looking forward to trying your sauce.
    Aislinn

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    1. Thank you, Aislinn! I actually do soak my chicken in buttermilk and spices when I'm battering and frying. It makes the best fried chicken!

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  9. Well you were right, my husband, who NEVER gets excited about food, went back 3 times and each time commented on how good this chicken was! I even added the horseradish! I put about 1\2 of the cayenne pepper because my children don't like spicy food. Thank you!

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    1. You are so welcome! I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed it.

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  10. I am dying to make this for my boyfriend tomorrow but have no idea what to make to go with it...what would you suggest as a side dish?!

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    1. Hi, Gretchen! I think you could do some scalloped or twice baked potatoes or maybe some homemade mac and cheese. You could go Southern and make coleslaw and fried okra! I hope you both enjoy it.

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  11. Wow this was delicious! My whole family gobbled it up. I used my grill pan and didn't have any cayenne, but it was still amazing. I served it with baked potatoes, garlic toast, and a salad. Thanks for a great and easy recipe.

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    1. You are so welcome, Molly! I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and thank you for letting me know!

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