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