Indian Barbecue Chicken

For this sweet and tangy chicken, Marcie Turney blends tamarind and other Indian flavors into her molasses barbecue sauce.

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  • Servings: 4


  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup tamarind puree (see Note)
  • 1/3 cup unsulphured molasses
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Four 6-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

How to make this recipe

  1. In a skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of oil. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat until translucent, 4 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant. Add the ketchup, vinegar, tamarind, molasses, sugar, mustard and cayenne and simmer over low heat, stirring, until reduced to 1 3/4 cups, 5 minutes. Stir in the garam masala and season with salt and black pepper.

  2. Light a grill. Rub the chicken with oil and season with salt. Grill over moderately high heat, turning once, until almost cooked, about 7 minutes. Brush with the sauce and grill over low heat, brushing and turning, until glazed, 4 minutes, then serve.


Tamarind puree is made from a sticky, sweet tropical fruit. It is available at Indian and Latin markets.

Suggested Pairing

Juicy, full-bodied rosé.

Contributed By Photo © John Kernick Published September 2011

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