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Barbecue Chicken Thighs
and macaroni salad with broccoli / watermelon

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Tonight we're featuring a classic summer meal. Barbecue sauce becomes a thick, sticky glaze when brushed onto chicken thighs in this quintessential summer meal that was last featured in 2021.
Smarts: The noodles will soak up the creamy sauce used in the pasta salad, so wait to stir everything together until shortly before serving.
Cooking methods: This recipe includes instructions for using the oven or grill. Select your preferred method.

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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
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

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Prep

  1. Pasta - (If prepping right before cooking, get grill heating before continuing with prep.) 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.

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Make

  1. Heat grill to 450F / 232C degrees. Clean grates and brush with cooking oil.

  2. While grill 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Serve chicken with some extra barbecue sauce. Enjoy pasta salad and watermelon on the side.

Prep

  1. Pasta - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating before continuing with prep.) 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.

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C degrees.

  2. While 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.

  3. 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 10 to 20 minutes (depending on the thickness of chicken), until chicken reaches 165F / 74C degrees.

  4. Serve chicken with some extra barbecue sauce. Enjoy pasta salad and watermelon on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (23)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (5)
Vegetarian (4)

18 reviews

Refreshing Broccoli Salad, Easy and Delicious recipe!

By: Sara
Posted: Jul 01, 2022
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Always a favorite!

By: Laura
Posted: Jun 15, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Always a favorite!!!

By: Angela
Posted: Jun 14, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Opted for oven method. Subbed Greek Yogurt for sour cream. Tasty!

By: Alyssa
Posted: Jun 12, 2022
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

This was nice. Used drumsticks instead. Kids ate all the watermelon before dinner, but they didn't like the pasta salad. Adults liked it, made it for company and was nice that I could visit while bbq'ing and had minimal prep before. Would make again but would double the sauce for pasta salad.

By: Ila
Posted: Jun 12, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I used chicken drumsticks and marinated them in BBQ sauce beforehand. They turned out well on the grill. I really liked the pasta salad. The dressing had good flavor and even my picky husband approved.

By: Caitlin
Posted: Jun 12, 2022
Diet: Original
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