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Cooking at Home - Spicy Southern Barbecued Chicken

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Square plate with pieces of spicy southern barbecue chicken on a wood table next to a fork on a napkin.

Makes: 6 servings

This recipe is spiced up using cayenne pepper, ginger, and garlic combined with the sweetness of honey, molasses, and ketchup to create a tasty comfort food.


  • 5 tablespoons tomato paste, low-sodium
  • 1/3 tablespoon ketchup (1 teaspoon)
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/3 tablespoon molasses (1 teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger (grated)
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken (skinless breasts, drumsticks)


  1. Combine all ingredients except chicken in saucepan.
  2. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Place chicken on large platter and brush with half the sauce mixture.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  5. Remove plastic wrap from chicken. Place chicken on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and broil for 10 minutes on each side to seal in juices.
  6. Remove from broiler and add remaining sauce to chicken. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 °F for 30 minutes.

Source: Heart Healthy Home Cooking: African American Style, US Department of Health and Human Services, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1/2 breast or 2 small drumsticks (89g)

Nutrients Amount
Total Calories 102
Total Fat 2 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 44 mg
Sodium 78 mg
Carbohydrates 6 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Total Sugars 5 g
Added Sugars included 3 g
Protein 14 g
Vitamin D 0 mcg
Calcium 18 mg
Iron 1 mg
Potassium 340 mg