Most people claim that they eat lighter in the summer. But as for me, I am obsessed with the flavors of summer, like fresh fruits and veggies, salads, burgers, ice cream, refreshing beverages, oh and don’t forget the s’mores.
I take advantage of these seasonal summer favorites and stuff myself silly for as long as I can. Of all these summer flavors, fresh summer fruit is my absolute favorite! Ok, honestly of course s’mores are my all-time favorite summer treat, BUT, as much as I would love to live on S’mores and S’mores alone that is not a very figure friendly diet.
If fruit in your barbeque sauce sounds alarming, well don’t let it be. I first heard of this last summer when my Aunt and Uncle hosted us for 4th of July and had barbeque catered from a local barbeque joint. This place was known for their barbeque sauce, one of which was a blackberry barbeque sauce. That blackberry sauce served up on some pork ribs was sweet, and tangy with a slight kick. Perfect, and all be, not overly fruity.
This barbeque sauce is the same, complex and fruity, with just less heat of that blackberry sauce. If you are skeptical it is worth the try, you might actually get a wild hair and become a berry barbeque sauce lover.
Chicken with Blueberry Barbeque Sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Serves: 4
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons finely minced onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/8 teaspoons ground ginger
1/8 teaspoons ground allspice
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper
1 (pound) chicken breasts
1 tablespoon olive oil
Combine vinegar, sugar, onion, ginger, allspice, ketchup, and blueberries in a saucepan and cook over medium heat stirring occasionally for about 8-10 minutes or until sauce has thickened and is fairly smooth.
Meanwhile, sprinkle salt and pepper over chicken. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add seasoned chicken and cook for 4 minutes per side or until cooked through.
Serve cooked chicken topped with blueberry barbeque sauce.
Adapted from Food on the Table