Chicken | May 4, 2011

Mother’s Day Menu 2011 Part 1

Barbecued chicken with Ina’s Hoisin Sauce and Baked Sweet Potato Fries

First- I was touched by all of the comments left about your Mother, being a mom, what you love about Mom, etc. Hope you have a minute, maybe on Mom’s day to get out the Kleenex and read some of the beautiful thoughts expressed. So very sweet. I also hope you cut and paste what your wrote and share it with your mom or kids. Thanks so much for sharing!
The winner of theCavanaugh’s Chocolate gift certificate, Ina’s Cookbook “How Easy is That?” and the Stack’dby SisterMade napkins is:
Cassie S. said…
I love that my mom is a strong, independent, intelligent woman who taught me to never be afraid to speak my mind and respect myself. She is amazing!

Congratulations Cassie, hope you (or your mom) enjoy your fun gifts! Email me at [email protected] to claim your gifts.

So yes, it’s that time again. Time to make dinner for Mom. Today, the main course Barbecued Chicken with Ina’s Special Sauce, and a side of Baked Sweet Potato Fries. I always choose easy but yummy dishes for you to serve up to Mom on her big day (of rest, hopefully). If you want to see past menu’s/posts about Mother’s Day, check out MD 2009( includes guilt trip in case you were thinking about NOT making dinner for Mom), and MD 2010.
Alrighty then. The chicken. Easy. If it’s too cold to bbq, if you live in say, UTAH, you may have to bake the chicken, in the oven. It’s all good. Whatever works for you. It’s the sauce that makes this really yummy. If I were you, I’d make the sauce between now and Saturday, then it will just be sitting in your fridge, done. One thing checked off your list. This is sounding easy, right? It is. Remember how many meals mom makes or made for you? This is the very least you can do for her. Trust me.
You’ll be her new favorite.

Oh, for planning purposes, here’s our menu and schedule for posting:
Barbecued Chicken with Ina’s Special Barbecue Sauce-Wed. May 4
Baked Sweet Potato Fries-Wed. May 4 (later this morning, after I feed the chickens)
Fresh Corn Cakes with Peach Mustard Sauce- already posted click here
Salad de Maison-Fri May 6
Lemon Yogurt Cake with Fresh Berries-Fri May 6

Barbecued Chicken with Ina's Hoisin BBQ Sauce

adapted from Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa Cookbook


  • 2 1/2 to 3 pounds chicken ( assorted pieceI used boneless skinless, breasts
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Pat chicken pieces dry, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook over low heat on barbecue grill about one hour total. Baste with sauce about last 5-10 minutes of grilling.
  2. If you are using boneless, skinless breast pieces, it will only take about 20-30 minutes cooking on low, or (in the oveabout 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees, depending on the thickness of your meat.

Ina's Hoisin Barbecue Sauce

adapted from Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa Cookbook


  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion 1 large
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic 3 cloves
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 cup Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup Hoisin Sauce found in Asian section of grocery
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes


  1. In a large sauce pan on low heat, cook the onion and garlic in the oil until the onions are translucent, but not browned. Add the rest of the ingredients, and simmer on low uncovered for about 30 minutes. Store any leftovers in refrigerator.
  2. This makes a load of sauce, but will keep for weeks in the fridge.

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  1. I got hungry just reading the menu. Thanks for the outline. It would help to get started on the planning. Sunday will be a busy day at our house.