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Chicken Barbecue Glazed with Apple Butter and Coconut

This Chicken Barbecue Glazed with Apple Butter was made with sweet Musselman’s Apple Butter combined with lemon juice and coconut milk. It was a great marinade for these barbecued chicken on the grill. It resulted in very flavorful, tender and moist pieces. The sugary glaze gave the outer chicken skin the right golden brown hue and crispness. This is an Asian In America recipe.  Servings: 2. 
Prep Time1 d
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 d 55 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Asian
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 1009kcal
Author: Elizabeth Ann Quirino


  • 3 to 4 pounds chicken cutlets bone in, about 5 pieces
  • 1 cup Musselman's Apple Butter
  • 1 cup coconut milk canned
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled; finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 stalk scallions chopped (for garnish, optional) green onions
  • for serving: chilled vegetable salad


  • To make the marinade: In a medium sized bowl, mix the marinade : Musselman’s Apple Butter, coconut milk, lemon juice, minced garlic. Blend well.
  • Rub the chicken pieces with salt and black pepper powder all over. Place the chicken inside a large plastic resealable bag. Pour the Musselman’s Apple Butter marinade over the chicken pieces. Seal the bag and refrigerate marinated chicken overnight.
  • To grill the chicken: The next day, preheat the outdoor grill to a medium high temperature between 375 to 400 F (shows on the gauge).  Place the chicken pieces on the middle rack and cook on the grill for about 55 minutes or till completely cooked. Baste the chicken pieces with the leftover marinade every 15 to 20 minutes. Turn the chicken pieces over halfway through the grilling so the pieces do not burn.
  • Pierce the thickest part of the thigh or breast with a fork to check if chicken is thoroughly cooked at the end of the grilling time. To plate, garnish with chopped green onions. Serve chicken with a cold vegetable salad.
  • Recipe notes: The weather was stormy when we cooked this chicken. So as an alternative, roast the chicken pieces in the oven at 375 F, in a deep roasting pan, covered with foil for 45 minutes. Then continue cooking the chicken pieces on the outdoor grill for another 20 minutes at a high of 400 F till the skin has a crusty, darkened glaze.
  • Cook’s comments:  Apple Butter is an old fashioned, highly concentrated form of apple sauce produced by slow cooking apples with cider or water. The long cooking process makes the sugar in the apples caramelize, thus the deep dark brown color of apple butter.
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Serving: 1g | Calories: 1009kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 147g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 435mg | Sodium: 1968mg | Potassium: 2766mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 264IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 6mg