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Recipe courtesy of Wolfgang Puck

Barbecue Chicken

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 35 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 5 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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1 whole chicken, butterflied

Olive oil, for coating

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Barbecue Sauce, recipe follows

Barbecue Sauce:

Peanut oil

3 red onions, sliced into 1/2- inch rounds

3 red bell peppers, cored

2 apples, cored and quartered

2 cups red wine vinegar

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 cups molasses

3 1/2 cups ketchup

1 cup tomato paste

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons salt

1 tablespoon ground coriander

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

8 Thai chilies, stemmed


  1. Preheat grill.
  2. Coat the chicken with oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the chicken directly over the hottest part of the grill to sear. Once seared on both sides remove to a cooler part of the grill. Baste both sides with barbecue sauce and cover the grill. Cook until the internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees F.

Barbecue Sauce:

  1. Preheat grill.
  2. Toss the onion, red bell pepper, and apples in the peanut oil to coat. Place on the grill for about 15 minutes. Remove and roughly chop.
  3. In a large pot on a hot grill add the chopped vegetables and the rest of the ingredients. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove and puree until smooth.
  5. Yield: 3 quarts