Sauce-y chicken is kind of a staple food, if you ask me. Barbecue sauce on chicken? Iconic. What if I told you, that there is a barbecue sauce that is superior to regular barbecue sauce? Angry purists, hear me out! This Alabama white sauce chicken is perfectly tangy and creamy. While it is not a traditional barbecue sauce, it is one you need to keep on your weekly recipe rotation!
What is White BBQ Sauce Made Of?
Ok I have made a pretty bold claim, white barbecue sauce better than regular? You're probably wondering what white bbq sauce is made of, at this point. White barbecue sauce is a mayonnaise-based sauce, with tangy vinegar, mustard and sometimes with horseradish.
I make my white barbecue sauce without horseradish, just because it can be a love-it or hate-it ingredient. If it's a love-it in your case, feel free to add some, but of course, start out sparingly! Consider yourself warned!
What Does Alabama White Sauce Taste Like?
The idea of a mayonnaise-based sauce on a warm piece of grilled chicken sounds strange, I know. I was a little bit weirded out, while a lot intrigued when I first heard of the concept, but do not knock it until you try it.
White barbecue sauce has a perfectly tangy and creamy taste. When brushed over chicken seasoned with a simple barbecue rub, it has a bright flavour, almost like your favourite mayonnaise-based dressing. If you like ranch (like this one), or other creamy sauces with your chicken, you will love this!
The Best Spice Rub for Chicken Rub (for Grilling or Baking!)
There are so many great chicken seasonings available to purchase in your supermarket these days, making dinner so much easier. If you have a well-stocked pantry, though, let me introduce you to an all-rounded, all-purpose spice rub for chicken, that you can prepare in bulk and keep on hand.
My all-purpose chicken dry rub is made with brown sugar, mustard powder, garlic and onion power, paprika, thyme and red pepper flakes. The brown sugar helps with giving the chicken a beautiful caramelized exterior, that also helps the sauce stick to the chicken.
This chicken works well on the grill, on an indoor grill pan, or even as baked chicken. I made mine on my cast iron grill pan, because condo living leaves me no other option. But, on the plus side, I can vouch that it is equally as good, and therefore winter cooking approved!
Easy Side Dishes for Alabama White Sauce Chicken...
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Alabama White Sauce Chicken
- 4 Chicken breasts boneless, skinless
For Chicken Spice Rub
- Make the White Sauce: Mix together the ingredients for the white barbecue sauce, cover, and refrigerate.
- Season the Chicken: Mix together the spice rub for the chicken, and season the chicken breasts liberally. This recipe is enough for the 4 chicken breasts, so be liberal!
- Grill the Chicken: On a grill pan over medium heat, cook the chicken for 7 minutes on each side. You can use a cast iron skillet as well.
- Brush the Sauce: Remove the chicken from the heat, and brush the chicken with the white barbecue sauce. Enjoy!