Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Gluten Free Chicken with Cider Barbecue Sauce

Yesterday was a rare November day in the Portland area. Although the weather was cool and crisp, the sun was out with clear blue skies. I took my daughter to the zoo, raked some leaves, and decided to fire up the barbecue. However, the weather is ever changing and a down pour of rain began just as I placed the first piece of chicken on the grill. Like any true Oregonian, I pushed on despite the rain and barbecued some great chicken.

The recipe I used was portioned to make enough for two whole chickens. I used three boneless skinless chicken breasts so I cut the recipe and made roughly 1/3 of the quantity. The cider barbecue sauce has a great orange taste to it that my wife likened to an orange chicken dish at a Chinese restaurant.

Gluten Free Chicken with Cider Barbecue Sauce:
from Gourmet magazine, adapted to be gluten free
Here is the full recipe, meant to be enough for 2 whole chickens.
For the Chicken:
3/4 cup ketchup
2 Tbs brown sugar
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
For the Barbecue Sauce:
1 cup apple cider
1/2 cup cider vinegar
2 Tbs minced orange zest
2 Tbs brown sugar
1 tsp celery seeds
For the chicken; mix ketchup, brown sugar, coriander, cumin, and salt together. Generously coat the chicken. Cook either on a grill or roast in the oven until cooked thoroughly.To make the sauce; combine apple cider, cider vinegar, orange zest, brown sugar, and celery seeds in a sauce pan. Bring the sauce to a boil, then simmer over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until thick, syrupy, and reduced by about 2/3 rds. This should take about 20 minutes.
Pour a little sauce over the chicken, serve with your favorite side dishes, and you are in business. Well worth barbecuing in the rain. Enjoy!!!


  1. Your chicken looks perfect! Love the flavours =D.

  2. I think it's time for me to pick up some apple cider. That looks delicious!

  3. Cider can produce amazing results in food. That looks and sounds absolutely delicious. Perfect day and perfect meal. :-)