Eat It With a Spoon

Sometimes, the difference is in the details. We love grilling chicken at our home because it's simple, delicious, and helps keep our home cool during the summer months. And it's not unusual for us to add a grilling sauce to the chicken after we've given it a little time on the grill. And sometimes, that's something so delicious, you can't help but fall in love:

The raspberry-chipotle grilling sauce in today's recipe is so amazing, I want to eat it with a spoon. (Confession: I've done just that.) I want to pair it with everything from chicken (done), ribs (on the list), and even ice cream (a trip for New York vanilla is happening later today!). If you doubt me, make yourself a batch and try it. If you're like me, you might want to double (or triple) the amounts for the sauce. Trust me, you'll use it.

So now, we'll keep grilling our chicken because that's just what we do in summer. But I'm going to be basting mine with this sweet, spicy grilling sauce and licking my fingers instead of using a napkin. It's just that good. What's more, it's easy to make. It's a good world!

Grilled Raspberry-Chipotle Chicken

  • 1/4 c. seedless raspberry jam
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 2 T. minced chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 3-5 bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces
  • 1 T. canola oil
  • Salt, to taste

In a small saucepan, combine the jam, lime juice and zest, minced chipotle in sauce, and minced garlic. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vinegar. Set aside.

Place the chicken pieces in a resealable plastic bag and add the canola oil and salt. Rub the oil and salt into the chicken. Prepare a medium-high heat grill. Grill the chicken, making sure to avoid scorching it with the flames, for 6 minutes per side. After you've turned it 3 times, baste it liberally with the raspberry-chipotle grilling sauce and continue grilling it for 6 minutes on each side. When you've turned it another 3 times, remove the chicken to a serving plate. Serve with additional raspberry-chipotle grilling sauce on the side.

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 45 minutes

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