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Barbecue Chicken Thighs
and macaroni salad with broccoli / watermelon

Active: 35 minTotal: 45 min

Barbecue sauce becomes a thick, sticky glaze when brushed onto chicken thighs in this meal that is quintessentially summer.
Smarts: The noodles will soak up the creamy sauce used in the pasta salad, so wait to stir everything together until shortly before serving.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Barbecue Chicken Thighs:
  • Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless - 1 1/2 lbs
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Barbecue sauce - 1/2 cup, plus extra for serving
Watermelon:
  • Watermelon - 1 lb, cubes or wedges
Macaroni Salad with Broccoli:
  • Pasta, macaroni - 4 oz (sub any small pasta shape)
  • Bell peppers, red - 1/2, finely diced
  • Shallots - 1 clove, diced
  • Broccoli florets - 8 oz, finely chopped
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Mayonnaise - 2 Tbsp
  • Sour cream - 2 Tbsp (sub plain or Greek yogurt)
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 2 tsp

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Pasta - Boil pasta according to package directions. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Bell peppers / Shallots / Broccoli - Prep as directed. (Chop these ingredients fairly small since they will be mixed into the pasta salad.) Combine bell peppers and shallots. Store broccoli separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Steam broccoli - Place broccoli florets in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with a damp paper towel and microwave on high until they are tender but still have some crunch, 2 to 3 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Make dressing - Combine garlic powder, mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, and vinegar. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  5. Chicken - Tenderize chicken and season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  6. Watermelon - Slice into wedges or cubes for serving.

Make

  1. If cooking on grill: Heat grill to 450F / 232C degrees. Clean grates and brush with cooking oil.
  2. If cooking on stovetop / oven: Heat oven to 425F / 218C degrees.
  3. While grill / oven is heating, combine pasta, bell peppers, shallots, and broccoli. Add dressing and stir to combine. Season with some salt and pepper. Refrigerate while chicken cooks.
  4. {grill}: Grill chicken, turning every few minutes,until chicken reaches 165F / 74C degrees, 8 to 12 minutes. During the last few minutes of cooking, generously brush chicken on both sides with barbecue sauce, repeating several times.
  5. {stovetop / oven}: Heat a skillet with cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken thighs and sear on one side until golden brown. Flip chicken thighs and brush the tops generously with barbecue sauce. Transfer skillet to oven and continue cooking in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes (depending on the thickness of chicken), until chicken reaches 165F / 74C degrees.
  6. Serve chicken with some extra barbecue sauce. Enjoy pasta salad and watermelon on the side.

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Reviews

This meal has 40 reviews

Loved the broccoli salad. Very bright and flavorful.

By: Lara
Posted: Jul 11, 2019
Diet: Original

Would definitely make the mac salad again!

By: Jenna
Posted: Jul 11, 2019
Diet: Original

I know they are called 'baked' beans but I couldn't face putting the oven on on a hot day so I did it all on the stove, worked just fine. We all loved this simple meal and the macaroni salad was a big hit.

By: Nicki
Posted: Jul 10, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

Sauteed the shallots before adding to the pasta salad but otherwise made as written. Everyone enjoyed it.

By: Dara
Posted: Jul 09, 2019
Diet: Original

easy and good. pasta salad needed more salt and was better the next day.

By: Whitney
Posted: Jul 07, 2019
Diet: Original

Yummy picnic dinner. The pasta salad could use a little more sauce for my liking. This is one of those rare recipes that would be easy to make both vegan and gluten-free (sub vegan mayo and sour cream, sub gf pasta or just leave it out) and it would still be great.

By: Jenn
Posted: Jul 06, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian