ICM – Blueberry Barbecue Chicken

I think one of the things that I love so much about Ingredient Challenge Monday is we have one ingredient to work with any way we want to, and I can create a recipe completely outside of that particular ingredient’s reputation.

For example, blueberries are typically used for sweet dishes.

But…me and sweet are not BFF’s.

Using inspiration from How Sweet It Is, I made a blueberry BBQ sauce for grilled chicken. And it was good. Very good.

Blueberry BBQ Chicken


1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/2 cup blueberries

1/4 cup ketchup

2 tbsp dark brown sugar

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp soy sauce

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 shallot, chopped fine

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

In a sauce pan over low heat, add the blueberries and stir until they start to pop. Crush then with a large spoon or fork. Add the rest of the ingredients and combine.

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Increase the heat to medium and bring to a slow boil while stirring. Turn back down to low and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, until it has the consistency of barbecue sauce, although it may be slightly thinner.

Brush the chicken breasts with the sauce, cover and refrigerate for an hour.

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Grill like you normally would chicken.

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As for the salad I served with the chicken, that post is coming soon.

Now, visit Sunny at And Love It Too! to see what her blueberry dish is, and go to ICM to upload your own blueberry creation.


~Dixie Chik~



  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Kate@Diethood

    Blueberry bbq sauce…wow…something I’ve never tried!! So innovative!

  2. Marie

    Love the idea od bluberries and chicken! Do you think frozen blueberries would work? I have a freezer full, and just got burnt out- this whet’s my appetite again!
    twitter follower, too!

  3. Rach

    So brilliant! I don’t know if I ever would’ve thought outside the box enough to come up with something like this, but that’s why I love reading blogs like yours. This sounds great!

  4. Ali

    This looks like an interesting dish. I would not have naturally paired blueberries with chicken. That pasta dish looks amazing!

  5. Tina@flourtrader

    Ingredient challenge sounds like fun! Pineapple goes with chicken sometimes, so why not blueberry. Great creative dish here-thanks for posting.

  6. JenniferA

    You are so stinkin’ creative. I love it. And hey, why not blueberries? Bbq sauce definitely usually has a sweet component to it.

  7. Maureen

    You and sweet are not BFF?? Send the sweet to me then because we’re like two peas in a pod.

    I’m from Maine and grew up with wild blueberrries my mother used on everything – everything but bbq sauce. This looks so good! yum!

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