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Applesauce Chicken


You probably wouldn't think of applesauce as the basis for a barbecue sauce, but this recipe combines the concentrated apple flavor with the traditional makings of a great barbecue sauce to add a delicious flavor to this grilled chicken. Be sure to pick a "no sugar added" applesauce so that this barbecue sauce doesn't turn out too sweet.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: Serves 4


  • 1 whole chicken, cut up
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup/240 mL unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup/240 mL ketchup
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL Worcestershire sauce
  • black pepper to taste


Heat oil in a medium sized saucepan. Add onion. Sauté until onion is soft. Add applesauce, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and pepper. Bring to a boil while stirring. Reduce heat and let simmer. Preheat grill. Remove sauce from heat when it has thickened and set aside. Place chicken on grill skin side down. Close lid and grill for about 15 minutes. Turn and cook another 10 minutes. Turn again and brush a heavy layer of the applesauce mixture on the chicken. Continue cooking and adding sauce until the chicken is done.
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