There’s nothing that screams summer quite like the fragrant sweetness of a juicy summer peach, so I’m always on the hunt for creative ways to put them to use – especially savory recipes! This Grilled Peach BBQ Chicken is one of my favorites to date. If you’ve got a bunch of summer peaches on hand, this is the perfect dish to try!
The star of the recipe is a seriously delicious homemade peach BBQ sauce. Toss some peaches & onions on the grill to bring out their caramelly sweetness, then blend them up with a few simple staple ingredients like ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, & some chipotle peppers for a layer of smoky heat. It’s a simple sauce by design – there’s no stovetop cooking involved & it’s very light so the flavor of the peaches really comes through.
From there, all you have to do is slather the peach BBQ sauce on grilled chicken & enjoy! For the ultimate summer meal, be sure to serve with grilled peaches, grilled corn, or a summery salad – check the blog post, above, for some inspiration to get you started!
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs (see Recipe Notes)
- 1 teaspoon Stonemill Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon Stonemill Garlic Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Stonemill Paprika
- chipotle peach BBQ sauce, below
- kosher salt & ground black pepper, to season
for the chipotle peach BBQ sauce:
- Simply Nature 100% Avocado Oil or high smoke point oil of choice, for grilling
- 1 medium peach, sliced in half & pitted (see Recipe Notes)
- 1/2 small yellow onion
- 3 Pueblo Lindo Chipotle Peppers (from a can, packed in adobo sauce)
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup Simply Nature Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/4 cup Simply Nature Organic Ketchup
- 2 teaspoons Burman’s Worcestershire Sauce
- kosher salt & ground black pepper, to season
- Grill prep: Prepare the grill for medium-high direct heat grilling, about 450-500 degrees F. Once preheated, clean the cooking surface by firmly brushing a wire brush over the grates. (If you do not have access to an outdoor grill, you can also preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat.)
- Grill the peaches & onions: Place the peach halves & yellow onion on a large plate or a small baking sheet. Lightly drizzle with avocado oil & toss to coat. Place the peaches & onion directly on the grill grates. Grill 4-5 minutes per side, or until softened & nicely charred. Transfer the grilled peaches & onion back to a plate or small baking sheet. Once cool enough to handle, carefully peel back the peach skin & discard.
- Prepare the chipotle peach BBQ sauce: Place the grilled peaches & onion in a blender with the chipotle peppers, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, & Worcestershire sauce. Season with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt & ground black pepper as desired. Blend until smooth. Taste & adjust seasoning as needed or desired – add a little more chipotle for smoky heat, brown sugar for sweetness, vinegar for tanginess, Worcestershire for richness, etc. Transfer to a jar or bowl & set aside for grilling or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- Grill the chicken: Place the chicken on a plate or small baking sheet. Season with chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, & 2 teaspoons kosher salt & ground black pepper as desired. Use your hands to rub the spices all over the surface of the chicken. Place the chicken on the preheated grill. Close the lid & grill 4-5 minutes per side. About 2 minutes before everything is finished grilling, brush the prepared chipotle peach BBQ over top, flipping such that the glazed sides come into contact with the grill grates. Cook 1 minute to caramelize the sauce. Repeat, brushing & grilling the second side. Transfer the grilled chicken to a plate or small baking sheet.
- Serve the BBQ chicken. I like serving family style, piling the chicken on a large platter & letting folks help themselves to extra chipotle peach BBQ sauce. Serve as desired. This summery chicken is great on its own! If you’d like to go all-in on peaches, grill up some peaches alongside the chicken for serving. For a classic BBQ chicken dinner, serve with coleslaw & grilled corn – you can’t go wrong! Enjoy!
- Ingredient Notes:
- Chicken breasts vs thighs: You can use either boneless, skinless chicken thighs or chicken breasts for this grilled peach BBQ chicken recipe. I like to use chicken thighs since they’re more flavorful & juicier – they are a little more forgiving on the grill. If you prefer to use breasts, be sure to either pound the chicken breasts out flat or butterfly them by slicing them in half lengthwise. This helps them grill more quickly & more evenly, keeping your grilled chicken totally juicy. You can easily make this recipe using other bone-in, skin-on chicken parts, like drumsticks, wings, leg quarters, & more. Feel free to grab whatever looks best at the store & refer to the blog post, above, for grilling guidance.
- Choosing the best peaches for grilling: Because they soften up quickly on the grill, it’s best to pick ripe-yet-firm peaches for this recipe.
- Peach BBQ sauce variation – Start with store-bought BBQ sauce: If you’d like to use your favorite store-bought BBQ sauce as a base for the peach BBQ sauce, go for it! Grill the peaches & onions as directed, then blend the sauce, replacing the apple cider vinegar & ketchup with 1/2 cup of bottled BBQ sauce. Taste & adjust as needed – add a splash of apple cider vinegar for acidity, Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce for richness & umami, or a sprinkling of brown sugar for sweetness. Simple!
- Storage & Reheating: Store leftover grilled BBQ chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Store leftover chipotle peach BBQ sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Reheat the chicken in the microwave or on the stovetop until warmed through, then serve with chipotle peach BBQ sauce as desired.
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