Chicken recipes: Easy, in the oven, or on the grill

Chicken recipes: Braised, baked, breaded, fried, or grilled, chicken is an easy-to-prepare dinner staple and easy on the budget, too.

Grilled Sriracha apricot chicken

Blue Kitchen
Apricot preserves help balance the Sriracha sauce and hot chili paste in this fiery marinade.

By Terry BoydBlue Kitchen
Serves 4

4 each, bone-in, skin-on chicken drumsticks and thighs
1/2 cup apricot preserves
3 tablespoons Sriracha hot sauce
1 tablespoon hot chili sauce (see Kitchen Notes)
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
5 teaspoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Prepare your grill for both indirect and direct grilling. Remove chicken from fridge about 1/2 hour before you’re ready to cook and trim excess skin and fat. Set aside on counter. If you’re using charcoal, you can do this when you start the coals.

2. Combine preserves, Sriracha, chili sauce, rice vinegar, and fish sauce in a medium bowl, mashing out any lumps in the preserves with the tines of a fork. Stir in the chives.

3. When the grill is ready, pat chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Brush the grill rack lightly with oil and place chicken skin side up on the side of the grill away from the heat source. Cover the grill and cook chicken for about 5 minutes; this will render some of the fat. Move chicken directly over the coals skin side down, cover grill and cook until skin begins to crisp and brown, about 5 minutes (or longer, if needed).

4. Move chicken away from heat and turn skin side up. Brush with basting sauce, cover grill and cook, turning every few minutes and basting, until chicken is cooked through, another 10 to 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer should register 165 degrees F when inserted in the thickest part. Transfer chicken to platter and let it rest for 5 minutes or so, then serve.

Kitchen Notes

How hot? When you sample the basting sauce as you’re mixing it in the bowl, even without the hot chili paste, it will seem fiery. Once it’s applied to the chicken during grilling, it calms down considerably. If you like heat, definitely include the hot chili paste. You might consider pressing it through a mesh strainer, though, to remove the seeds. They’re the source of much of the Asian condiment’s fire.

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