We’re excited about this new recipe because it gives us many ways to enjoy local produce! The base is a simple BBQ Sauce made with Ontario nectarines and red peppers. Then, cook chicken with the sauce using a simple foil package in your oven, on your BBQ or even over fire if you are camping! Of course the cooking times will vary, but each method will result in a tasty dinner. Just be sure to cook the chicken until it has reached a minimum internal temperature of 165°. In our oven at 350°, this took 25 minutes.
We served this with a pita but you could also enjoy it served over rice or as a stir-fry. The sauce is actually so tasty you can even eat it uncooked as part of a sandwich, just leave out the chicken altogether. If you don’t have nectarines on hand, remember Ontario peaches are a great substitution!
- 1 cup finely diced Ontario nectarine (or peach) (About 2 nectarines)
- 1/3 cup finely diced Ontario greenhouse Red Pepper
- ½ cup finely diced red pepper
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 clove minced garlic
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ cup orange juice (alternately you could use bourbon)
- ¼ tsp dry mustard
- ½ tbsp dried red pepper flakes – optional
- Salt and pepper to suit your taste
- 6 skinless boneless chicken thighs or 2 large skinless boneless chicken breasts, chopped into bite sized pieces
- Finely chop your nectarine and pepper, set aside.
- Combine all of the ingredients except the fruit and chicken in a bowl. Stir to combine. Mix in the nectarine and pepper. This is your BBQ sauce, set aside.
- Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and evenly divide the chicken in the centre of 4 pieces of foil. Top each foil parcel with 4-5 tablespoons for homemade BBQ Sauce. Carefully wrap it up and place it on a baking sheet to cook in the oven. Cook until chicken is 165° degrees. In our oven on 350°, this took 25 minutes. You can also cook the foil packages on a BBQ or over a campfire.
To serve, enjoy in a pita with rice, lettuce, green onion and a little bit of grated cheese. Other uses are spooned over rice or another grain of your choice. Alternatively keep the BBQ sauce on its own and use it uncooked as a sandwich condiment with other vegetables, cheese and/or meats.
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