Grilled Chicken With White Barbecue Sauce

"This recipe from Cooking Light was surprisingly easy to prepare and very flavorful. I had never had a “white” barbecue sauce and was pleasantly surprised at the taste. Since grilled chicken is a summertime staple for me I will be making this sauce in a bigger batch and refrigerating in bottles. The spicy "vinegary" taste goes very well with the grilled chicken. Feel free to adjust the spices in the sauce."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins




  • To prepare chicken:

  • Loosen skin from breast by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat.
  • Combine salt and next 4 ingredients (salt through chipotle chili powder). Rub mixture under loosened skin.
  • Grill chicken on each side over direct heat for 5 minutes or until browned.
  • Move chicken to indirect heat and cover, cooking an additional 35 minutes or until done.
  • Discard skin.
  • To prepare sauce:

  • Combine mayonnaise and remaining ingredients, using a whisk. Serve sauce with chicken. Sauce can be made up to 1 day in advance, flavors will intensify.

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  1. ObxCliff
    Cece, this is ObxCliff...I used this recipe as a base for a sauce at work! I added chipotle in adobo, cilantro, garlic, used rice vinegar (not as acidic tasting) and a few other things and used it for a spiced rubbed grilled steak. It was great...good customer & server responses, too!!! Thanks for another great recipe!!!
  2. Ginger V
    LOVED this sauce - it's very different from our usual grilling sauces and marinades. We used it on a pork loin too.
  3. Stephanie S.
    We LOVE the white bbq sauce. It has a different zing that my family prefers over reg. bbq sauce. This is our new go to grilled chicken recipe from now on. Yum. Thank you for sharing with us.
  4. LizDaCook
    I really enjoyed this recipe. I had this recipe in one of my cookbooks and wanted to try it. I really like the white sauce and it's a good change from the traditional barbecue sauce.
  5. breezermom
    Don't be afraid of the mayonnaise! This white sauce is wonderful! I have been using a variation of this white sauce when we grill chicken for over 20 years. I've never added the lemon juice or the salt, but I do increase the pepper a bit to my taste. And I do half regular mayo and half light mayo. I do chicken halves, and baste with the sauce the last 30 minutes of cooking time, reserving some of the sauce to use at the table. To season the chicken, I use Cavender's Greek Seasoning, which is pretty much a mix of the spices you used. I've never posted the recipe I've used, but ran across yours and wanted to give it the 5 star rating it deserves!


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