Chipotle-Apple Barbecue Chicken

I don’t know if you heard, but I have a bit of Apple Butter at my house.  The other day I was wondering what I could do with it besides cover slice after slice of bread with it (not that there is anything wrong with THAT!).  I had been thinking that it would be good with chicken or pork and eventually decided that barbecue chicken thighs would be where I started.  A spicy, smoky mix of apple butter, chipolte peppers in adobo sauce and a touch of spices made the perfect sauce:

I decided that bone-in, skin on thighs would work best.  Serve with corn on the cob and marinated green beans for a complete meal.

Chipolte-Apple Butter Barbecue Chicken

  • 8 chicken thighs
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic

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  • 1 cup apple butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 2 tbsp chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (to start, add more as desired)
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Season thighs with 1 tsp crushed garlic,  salt and pepper. Let sit for 5-10 minutes while oven or grill preheats to 375 degrees. Bake or grill chicken for 15 minutes. Meanwhile in a blender or food processor, blend together remaining ingredients until smooth. Brush on chicken thighs thickly at the 15 minute mark and add more every 5 minutes until chicken reaches 165 degrees internal temperature (usually 10-15 minutes for a total cooking time of 25 to 30 minutes). Serve with lots of napkins.