Roasted Chicken Thighs With Peanut Butter Barbecue Sauce

Roasted Chicken Thighs With Peanut Butter Barbecue Sauce

Peanut butter is the surprise guest in this spicy-sweet barbecue sauce, which cooks up in just 10 minutes. This versatile sauce, which adds nutty richness and depth, keeps for 2 weeks in the fridge and also freezes well. You'll have quite a bit: This recipe yields 2 cups of sauce. It's great to have on hand, doing double-duty as a sauce or a fantastic marinade for chicken or baby back ribs. (If allergies are a concern, substitute in almond butter for the peanut butter.) Serve with sautéed green beans, roasted broccoli or coleslaw.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Make the barbecue sauce: In a medium saucepan, heat oil. Add onion and cook over moderate medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring, until lightly caramelized and deepened in color, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the remaining ingredients and 6 tablespoons water. Simmer until flavors are combined, and the sauce is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Step 2

    Make the chicken: Heat oven to 425 degrees. Set a rack over a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Step 3

    In a large bowl, combine chicken, oil and 1/4 cup of the barbecue sauce and season with salt. Toss to evenly coat and arrange on the rack. Roast, using a brush to baste with the remaining 1/2 cup sauce every 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and deep golden in color, about 30 minutes. Serve with the leftover sauce on the side, or store sauce in the refrigerator for later use.