Nothing says summer in Western New York than Chiavetta’s BBQ – whether you attend one of their BBQ events or prepare you own! There is nothing better than going to one of their events with the large grills smoking with BBQ chicken! The aroma travels for miles! Our local churches and various not-for-profit groups raise money through a Chiavetta’s barbecue event. Typically you are treated to a wonderful home-made potato salad or macaroni salad as part of the meal! It really is a win-win situation since the NFP is raising money and you are treated to a great dinner. Recently I had some of their wonderful chicken at a graduation party where Chiavetta’s dropped off a box of their chicken. That is such a great idea because if there are leftovers you have it for dinner the next day. Plus your guests feel honored that you serve them the best chicken!
Chiavetta’s is a family-owned business for over 50-years. Check out their website to learn more about their products they sell and upcoming events. To learn more about their family history refer to the article in Business First. This is a wonderful article as it provides information how they started back in 1951 by hosting chicken barbecues at weddings and banquets. This created a demand for their BBQ sauce where people would bring their own mayonnaise jars with steel lids to purchase their sauce. Over time they started to bottle and sell the sauce plus introduced new products. Over the decades they have evolved to a very successful business.
Greg and I use Chiavetta’s barbecue sauce to make our own BBQ chicken. We have been making this recipe for at least 10-years. And we never get tired of BBQ chicken! The Chiavetta’s sauce adds great flavor and keeps the chicken moist while grilling. The only change we have made over the years is to sprinkle Montreal chicken season while grilling. Other than that, why change something good that works! We like to serve with Grilled Potatoes in Foil Packets. Both recipes take 45-minutes to grill so it is perfect to pair them together. Plus it gives you time to enjoy a beverage or glass of wine while dinner is cooking on the grill.
Ingredients I like to use….
4 bone-in chicken breasts with skin
Chiavetta’s Barbecue Marinade
Montreal chicken seasoning, or your favorite seasoning
Your favorite BBQ sauce
Non-Stick spray, optional
A few timesaving tips I hope will help you….
You can purchase Chiavetta’s Barbecue Marinade through Amazon.com or through their website . Marinating your chicken before grilling is important for both flavor and ensuring the chicken retains its moisture. You can spray the grill with non-stick spray; but if you do not flip the chicken too soon, the chicken should not stick to the grill. Depending upon how well seasoned your grill is will help determine if you need to spray with non-stick spray.
Your grilling time will depend upon the size of chicken plus the temperature of your grill. Weather conditions will affect the grill’s temperature. On a hot day, you may need to adjust the temperature controls so the grill does not get too hot. On a cold or windy day you may need to increase the temperature controls to obtain the proper heat.
Here is how I prepare the meal… but feel free to experiment….
Marinade your chicken for a few hours in Chiavetta’s Barbecue Marinade. Preheat your grill. Place the chicken on the grill, skin-side down and grill until golden brown and slightly charred, about 10 – 15 minutes. Continue turning your chicken over every 10 – 15 minutes ending with the skin side up.
Before the last turn, sprinkle the Montreal chicken seasoning to the bone-side of the chicken. Turn the chicken for the final time and shake some Montreal chicken seasoning and then spread BBQ sauce over the skin side. Grill another 10 – 15 minutes to ensure the BBQ sauce caramelizes on the chicken. You can add a second coat of BBQ sauce halfway through the final grilling time. Serve the chicken with your favorite side dish and extra BBQ sauce!