Cola Glazed Grilled Chicken

It’s finally here.

It’s golf tournament weekend.

This weekend my fine city hosts the FedEx St. Jude Classic played at TPC Southwind, and I could not be more excited. Back in the day (pre-employment), I got to sit outside and enjoy 5 solid days of golf. Now, I’m a little more limited to the weekend, but man do I love every single second.

Now, some of you silly people think that Summer begins on June 21st. But in Memphis, it’s like reverse groundhog day – Summer starts 2 weeks early. Seriously, I can walk outside and stand there for 5 minutes and break into a sweat. I know, I’m amazed I’m married too.

So for me, this weekend brings seersucker and linen, a Pronto Pup date (or two) with my Biffer, the infamous “Hush Y’all” signs, cold beer, exciting golf…and, of course, the urge to break out the grill.

I know some people are intimidated by the grill, but I assure you, it’s so easy once you learn! Grilling is a great way to add a little extra flavor to anything, including this delicious recipe I came across via one of my favorite magazines, Cooking Light.

This weekend I urge you to get outdoors, fire up your grill, and throw together a delicious meal featuring this simple, smoky and sweet recipe!

Cola Glazed Grilled Chicken (Serves 2 / 5 WW pts. per serving)

Adapted from original recipe here.

Ingredients

3/4 tsp. canola oil

8 oz. chicken breasts (2 – 4oz. pieces)

1 Tbsp. minced onion

1/4 cup Coca-Cola

1 1/2 Tbsp. ketchup

1 tsp. cider vinegar

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. Chili powder

1 tsp. smoked Paprika

1/8 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. ground cumin

Preheat grill to medium-high heat and spray with non-stick spray.

Heat a small saucepan to medium-high. Saute onion in oil for 2 minutes, then add garlic and cook an additional minute. Pour in Coke, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire and chili powder. Stir and bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat and simmer 10-12 minutes. Stir occasionally until sauce thickens. Set aside 2 Tbsp. and use the rest on the grill.

StepbyStep

For the chicken, mix together sugar, salt, paprika and cumin and sprinkle over both sides. I sprinkled a little more paprika and cumin over the chicken to make sure it was thoroughly seasoned.

Add chicken to grill and baste with sauce. Turn after 3-4 minutes and base again. Repeat until sauce is gone and chicken is cooked through. (I use the thin chicken breasts – so they cook in under 10 minutes).

Plated

Plate the chicken and brush with remaining sauce. I grilled some corn on the cob with the chicken and made my delicious Parmesan and green bean casserole, and it all came together perfectly.

Cola Glazed Grilled Chicken

Hope y’all have a great weekend…I know I will!

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