Melt-In-Your-Mouth Barbecued Chicken

"This recipe won $10,000 in the Southern Living 2003 Cookoff contest in the Simple & Scrumptious Entrées. This is fall off the bone good!"
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins




  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken thighs, and sauté 3 minutes on each side.
  • Combine fruit juices in a large bowl. Stir cornstarch and 1 tablespoon juice mixture together until smooth; set aside.
  • Stir soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, vinegar, ketchup, red pepper and garlic into remaining juice mixture; pour over chicken. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 35 minutes, turning chicken after 20 minutes. If using boneless chicken, cooking time will only take about 25 minutes.
  • Uncover chicken, and stir in cornstarch mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until sauce thickens.
  • Spoon warm rice onto a serving platter, top with chicken and sauce. Sprinkle with green onions.

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  1. Gerry
    Southern Living knows how to pick a winner - know I picked one with this recipe! Cut the recipe back for two - followed through as posted. Love this combination - so like the kind favoured here on the prairies. How good - it's on for our next gathering.Also thinking to slicing and threading chicken breast onto skewers, with that sauce it will make one wow of a starter or appetizer for our summer cookouts. Thank you Sharon. Made for the Auz/NZ August swap.
  2. I'mPat
    I scaled back for 2 but my deli girl had a wee counting problem I asked for 4 thighs but ended up with 5 and then after I made up the sauce mix I realized I used a 1/3 cup measure instead of a 1/4 cup but it still turned out great and all cooked up in less than 30 minutes and with cooked rice reheated in the microwave was a quick and easy and very enjoyable meal, thank you Sharon123, made for Name That Ingredient tag game.
  3. DanielleLyn
    I made this for dinner last night and although it does have a small hint of barbecue, it tasted more chinese to me. I served it over vegetable fried rice and it was pretty good! Cooking it in the sauce, really soaked into the chicken and gave it great flavor. It was just a touch tangy for me. Probably because I was thinking of it being more barbecue than it was, but it was still good and Im sure I will make it again sometime.
  4. lglowicki
    What a coincidence...I made this last night from a clipping from Southern Living. Served with Parmesan grits instead of rice. We love it. Thanks for posting.
  5. januarybride
    I really liked it! Used boneless skinless breasts and they were not overly tender, but definitely good. Loved the sauce. Will make this again. . .I think I will try the sauce out with some shrimp. . .YUMMY.


  1. Ilovemy4kids
    Love, love this recipe. All 4 kids gave this the thumbs up. Since we did not have orange juice, I used 1 cup of pineapple juice to make up for it. I also used palm sugar instead of brown sugar. A new favourite. Thank you for posting.



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