Picnic Time Saucy BBQ Chicken

Serves: 8 to 12
Description: This saucy and sweet barbecued chicken is the perfect crowd-pleasing recipe to serve at your next family picnic or backyard get-together. Pair with oven-grilled potatoes and corn on the cob for a simple yet classic menu.

2 tbsp each paprika and brown sugar 30 mL
2 tsp each mustard powder and garlic powder 10 mL
1 tsp each dried thyme leaves, oregano leaves, ground cumin, salt and black pepper 5 mL
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional) 1 mL
5 lb assorted chicken pieces such as chicken breasts, thighs and drumsticks 2.2 kg
1 1/2 cups Diana Sauce, Rib & Chicken flavour 375 mL
2 tbsp soy sauce 30 mL
1 tbsp honey 15 mL
Rib & Chicken Sauce


Stir the paprika with the sugar, mustard powder, garlic powder, thyme, oregano, cumin, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper (if using). Cut the chicken breasts in half (if using). Sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over the chicken pieces, rub in to coat completely. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour or up to 1 day.
Preheat the grill to medium-high, grease well. Add the chicken and reduce the temperature to medium-low, cook, covered, for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, stir the sauce with the soy sauce and honey. Continue to cook the chicken, turning and basting often with the sauce mixture, for 30 to 35 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and very glossy.


1. Test a variety of chicken pieces to ensure that they are fully cooked. The internal temperature should register 165F (74C) on an instant read thermometer.
2. The chicken called for in this recipe is about the equivalent of two whole birds. If whole chickens are more affordable than assorted cuts, ask the butcher to cut them into pieces to simplify the preparation.