The Best Barbecued Chicken With an Amazing Homemade Sauce Recipe

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What makes this chicken de-licious is the fabulous homemade sauce! It’s sweet and a little spicy. You’ll notice one unusual ingredient on the list… Root beer! This ingredient really packs a punch with flavors of sassafras, sarsaparilla, cherry and ginger. This recipe is make skinny by removing the skin from the chicken, using very little oil and adding diet root beer instead of regular. Each piece has about 141 calories, 3 grams of fat and 3 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.

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Servings: 12 pieces


Cost per serving $0.36 view details


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with a little salt and pepper. Arrange on a baking sheet lined with foil. Cover chicken with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, make the barbecue sauce: In a nonstick pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and saute for about 2 minutes until onions are soft. Stir in root beer and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until reduced to ½ cup, about 15 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on it as it can burn easily.
  4. Stir in ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, molasses, Worcestershire and red pepper flakes. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  5. Remove pan from heat and stir in lemon juice.
  6. Remove cooked chicken from oven. Cool slightly. Remove and discard all the skin.
  7. Dip chicken pieces into barbecue sauce to coat. Note: Since the chicken is already cooked there’s no need to worry about cross contamination. Grill covered for 5 minutes. Turn over and spread with more sauce. Continue to grill until charred, about 5 more minutes.
  8. ***To broil instead of grilled: Preheat broiler. Dip chicken pieces into barbecue sauce to coat. Place pieces on a baking sheet lined with foil. Broil for 5 minutes, turn over, coat with more sauce and broil for another 4-5 minutes until browned.
  9. Makes 12 pieces (each serving 1 piece of chicken)


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 105g
Recipe makes 12 servings
Calories 79  
Calories from Fat 19 24%
Total Fat 2.15g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.48g 2%
Trans Fat 0.02g  
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 254mg 11%
Potassium 183mg 5%
Total Carbs 13.07g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 1%
Sugars 10.55g 7%
Protein 2.48g 4%
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  • Skinny Kitchen with Nancy Fox
    August 9, 2013
    Here are the correct nutrition facts:

    SKINNY FACTS: for about 1 piece of chicken
    141 calories, 3g fat, 9g protein, 17g carbs, 0g fiber, 280mg sodium, 13g sugar

    Weight Watchers (old points) 3
    Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 3

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