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If you’re looking for a unique flavor for your next chicken dinner, try this Asian inspired BBQ Chicken. An easy homemade barbecue sauce covers this baked (or grilled) chicken.
When think of baked chicken, I think of cornflake chicken or parmesan chicken. Those two (along with buttermilk fried chicken) are some of our favorite family dinners. Today we’re switching things up a bit!
Chicken has always been a staple in our home. It’s so easy to stock up on it when there are sales, and the possibilities are endless! Today we’re talking barbecue, but not your normal Sweet Baby Ray’s style. This is a unique Asian BBQ that your family will love.
Asian bbq sauce is similar to our traditional bbq sauce since it has ketchup and brown sugar. In Asian inspired sauce, however, you’ll find rice vinegar, hoisin sauce, soy sauce and ginger. These all give the barbecue sauce a delicious flavor. It’s so different than traditional smoky barbecue sauce, but is such a nice change.
Try an authentic Asian BBQ Sauce.
Whip up this sauce while the chicken is baking. It takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish.
This recipe calls for fresh ginger. If you’ve never used fresh ginger, you can read all about how to work with it here. You don’t necessarily need to peel ginger, but we almost always do. It really depends on how old the ginger is. Many times ginger that you’ll find in a grocery store is older, making it more necessary to peel.
We use a microplane grater to grate the ginger. If any juices form while you are grating the ginger, be sure to add those in to the sauce, too. There’s so much flavor there!
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are the lowest in fat of all the chicken choices. You can of course use bone-in chicken or skin-on chicken if you’d like. This barbecue sauce will work for any type of chicken. You could also use it on pork.
It’s not exactly grilling temperatures yet…although it is getting really close. We baked this chicken in the oven. Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake it for 30 minutes covered, then uncovered for another 10 minutes or until the chicken tests done.
To save time, make the barbecue sauce while the chicken is baking. That step keeps this total recipe time under 1 hour.
If you want chicken to stay as juicy as possible, cover it with foil the first 30 minutes of baking. This helps seal in the juices making extra juicy chicken.
Keep the chicken uncovered after you put the barbecue sauce on so the sauce can thicken and bake on the chicken.
Chicken should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 165º Fahrenheit. Use an internal probe thermometer and insert it into the thickest part of the chicken breast to check the temperature.
Chicken should no longer be pink and juices should run clear.
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Yes! If you love grilled chicken, brush the chicken with a little bit of this barbecue sauce, then grill it. Continue to brush the chicken with sauce as it grills. Remember to check the temperature of the chicken and make sure it is 165º Fahrenheit.
This chicken is delicious served with rice and green beans. If you happen to have leftovers of this chicken, serve it over a salad or on a homemade hamburger bun. You can even shred it up for nachos or put it on pizza. It’s really versatile!