Photo: Squire Fox; Stylist: Justin Schram, Kenneth Hyatt
Hands-on Time
18 Mins
Total Time
43 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 leg quarter)

You can also use 8 thighs or 8 drumsticks or 4 pieces of each; cook about 10 minutes per side.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

Step 2

Heat a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add shallots; sauté 2 minutes or until tender. Stir in ketchup, next 5 ingredients (through chile powder), and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Reduce heat to low, and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 3

Combine 1/4 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, cumin, and black pepper; sprinkle over chicken. Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 15 minutes on each side or until done. Baste chicken generously with sauce; turn over, and grill 1 minute. Baste again; turn over, and grill 1 minute. Serve with remaining sauce.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

jodioschmidt's Review

June 15, 2014
Just made this for Father's Day and it was a big it. The BBQ sauce came together very quickly and easily. It had a bit of a kick and went nicely with the rub. I will definitely be making this again and again

RocketChefNYC's Review

May 04, 2014
It is actually that good! My guests kept taking more and commenting. I didn't mention how easy it was to make this sauce.

CraigfromSC's Review

November 24, 2013
With the large variety very good commercially prepared BBQ sauces out there one has to be outstanding for me to spend my time making it. This is that sauce! Initially it tastes a little "Ketchupy" in the pan but once you slather this over the seasoned chicken (follow the recipe carefully, not all the spices go in the sauce) this sauce shines. What piece of chicken you put it on is irrelevant - this is just a GREAT recipe!

KathrynNC's Review

September 21, 2013
We thought this was great! The sauce was easy enough to make (watch directions... I almost put all spices in sauce instead of reserving some to sprinkle on chicken). Used drumsticks as the suggested alternative to leg-thigh quarters (don't really like dark meat). One drumstick was enough for me, hubby had two. Served with suggested garlic-lime grilled corn and watermelon-cucumber salad also from CL's July 2013 issue. Will definitely make this again!

BrokenArms's Review

August 27, 2013

HomeOfficeGirl's Review

August 20, 2013
Very delicious! Very easy weeknight dinner. The BBQ sauce reminded me of the style my mother in law used to make back in the day - sweet, ketchup based. The chipotle flavor was nice - I'd even amp it up a bit next time. Would be fantastic with some Siracha added to kick it way up on spice. But as-is, a sweet, addictive, tasty summer bbq chicken that comes together very quickly. Did boneless, skinless thighs and skinless drumsticks. Served with grilled corn on the cob, mac 'n cheese and watermelon. Everyone, kids included, like this one. A hit!!

wiggieje's Review

August 07, 2013
Awesome. Other than substituting chicken breasts for thighs/drumsticks, we made it exactly as pictured in the July '13 issue. Paired nicely with with Garlic Lime Grilled Corn and Watermelon Cucumber salad. The entire meal came together surprisingly quickly. This one goes on our replay list.

lovesmurfs's Review

August 04, 2013

chilis4me's Review

August 02, 2013
A solid weeknight recipe! It's easy to make and even my husband, who isn't a huge barbeque chicken fan, loved it. The sauce was a perfect combination of sweet and spicy. I will definitely make this one again.

EICrabb's Review

July 30, 2013
Delicious! Used boneless thighs and it was much quicker. Very juicy and just enough spice.