Note: This is the best barbecue sauce that I have ever found. A real hit at my house.
–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips
–salt and pepper
–ketchup (two-thirds cup)
–olive oil (2 tablespoons)
–onion bits (bottled)
–onion powder (bottled)
–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)
–brown sugar (3 tablespoons)
–apple juice (3 tablespoons)
–Dijon mustard (1 tablespoon)
–maple syrup (1 tablespoon)
–Worcestershire sauce (2 tablespoons)
–cayenne pepper (to taste, optional)
1 – Place two-thirds cup of ketchup in a covered baking dish. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 3 tablespoons of apple juice, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. Season generously with onion bits and onion powder; cayenne pepper to taste. Stir thoroughly. Microwave for 3 minutes on high.
2 – Nestle the chicken amid the sauce. Season with salt, pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.
3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes. Check a center piece of chicken for doneness. If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.
–recipe adapted from Real Simple magazine.