Chicken with Tomatillo Barbecue Sauce

Fruity tomatillos make an incredibly bright base for this sweet and spicy barbecue sauce.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 1 hour 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4 oz. each)
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 8 medium tomatillos, husked and chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cayenne pepper, chopped
  • 1⁄4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1⁄4 cup honey


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Place chicken in a 9-by-9-inch baking dish, and season with half the salt and pepper. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until the chicken registers 165°F with a meat thermometer.
  • Process the tomatillos, onion, cilantro, cayenne pepper, and the remaining salt and pepper in a food processor until smooth. Pour the mixture into a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the vinegar and honey, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve chicken with sauce.