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Monday, June 2, 2014

{Stir Fried BBQ Chicken}



Warm weather and sunshine are seriously two of the best things.  And since the Minnesota weather has been getting nicer and nicer (yes, even the rain is a welcome change to all the snow we were still getting in March/April)  I cannot help but be in an insanely good mood!  In the Summer months I fid myself craving anything that is grilled, or contains BBQ sauce, and I can never get enough fresh fruit! 


So what does all this talk about BBQ and grilling have to do with today's recipe?  A whole lot, because I put on a new twist on stir fry!  I gave this chicken stir fry a Summer kick by subbing in a tangy homemade  BBQ sauce in place of the traditional stir fry sauce!  The outcome?  Down right delicious, I am surprised that there were even leftovers after this meal!  The homemade BBQ sauce is tangy and sweet with just the right amount of heat, and is super easy to whip up!   The stir fry comes together in a snap, and is delicious served along side steamed veggies, or a simple green salad!  Serve on a whole wheat bun for a healthy take on a traditional sloppy joe, or with corn bread muffins to soak up the extra BBQ sauce (don't want to let the sauce go to waste)!




Stir Fried BBQ Chicken
Brunch N'Cupcakes 
Serves 4 

Ingredients: 

Stir Fry:
1 Pound Chicken Cut into 1 Inch Cubes (2 Chicken Breasts) 
1 Bell Pepper Roughly Chopped 
1/2 Medium Onion Roughly Chopped 

Chicken Marinade:
1 Teaspoon Olive Oil 
1 1/2 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce 
1/2 Tablespoon Honey 
2 Teaspoons Course Ground Pepper 

Homemade BBQ Sauce 
1/2 Cup Ketchup (Make sure to check labels for no High Fructose Corn Syrup) 
3 Tablespoons Honey 
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce 
1 Tablespoon White Vinegar 
2 Teaspoons Chili Powder 
2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder 
1 Teaspoon Course Ground Pepper 

Directions: 
1- In a small bowl combine marinade ingredients.  Whisk together.  Place chicken in an air tight container, pour marinade over top of chicken.  Cover container with lid and shake chicken until well coated.  Place in fridge and let chicken sit for 30 min to an hour. 
2- Heat a skillet coated with cooking spray over medium high heat.  Add onions to skillet and cook for 3 minutes until tender.  Add in green peppers cook an additional 2 minutes.  Pour chicken and marinade into skillet with peppers and onions and saute chicken until cooked through.  
4- While chicken is cooking whisk together BBQ sauce ingredients.  Once the chicken is cooked through pour BBQ sauce in skillet over chicken and veggies.  Cook for 7-8 minutes or until sauce has thickened.  Serve immediately.  

**Serve with steamed veggies or a green salad and corn bread.  Would also be delicious on a whole wheat bun for a delicious BBQ Chicken Sandwich. 

Enjoy!