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Sticky Watermelon-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs

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Sticky Watermelon-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs

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Fruity, unexpectedly delicious watermelon is the key ingredient in the glossy glaze to mop onto grilled chicken. Soy sauce provides a little unami and fresh lime juice keeps the flavors bright. The glaze provides the caramelization factor as the chicken grills, so be sure to keep an eye on it and turn as needed to prevent burning. Paired with a crisp and refreshing cucumber-watermelon salad, this chicken dish is an ode to summer. The recipe is a Yummly original created by Ashley Strickland Freeman.


  • 3 1/2 cups watermelon (seedless chunks, about 1 inch, 1 pound)
  • 2 Tbsp. Braswells Red Pepper Jelly (or other brand)
  • 5 Tbsp. lime juice (divided)
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 3 cups watermelon (seedless, diced)
  • 2 cups diced cucumbers (Kirby or English cucumber)
  • 1 jalapeño chili (large, seeded and minced)
  • 1/2 cup red onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp. lime zest
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne (or a bit less if you’d like it less spicy)
  • 3/4 tsp. salt (divided, to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper (divided, to taste)
  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (3 1/4 to 4 pounds total)
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    1. Make watermelon glaze: Place watermelon chunks in a food processor and blend until very smooth. Pour into a medium saucepan. Add red pepper jelly, 2 tablespoons lime juice, and the soy sauce. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce is glossy and slightly thickened, 12-15 minutes. (The consistency will be like marinara sauce — thick enough to use as a mopping sauce for the chicken.)
    2. While the glaze cooks, make cucumber-watermelon salad: In a medium bowl, stir together diced watermelon, cucumber, jalapeño, red onion, and cilantro. Whisk together lime zest, remaining 3 tablespoons lime juice, the olive oil, and cayenne in a small bowl. Pour over the watermelon mixture and toss to coat. Season with about ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
    3. Preheat a grill to medium heat (350°-400°F). Sprinkle chicken all over with about ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Place chicken, skin side down, on hot grill. Cover grill and cook chicken 10 minutes. Baste with half the watermelon glaze. Grill, covered, until chicken is browned on underside, about 5 more minutes. Turn chicken over. Grill, covered, turning as needed to prevent burning and basting with remaining glaze after 10 minutes, until chicken reaches 165°F in the thickest part on an instant-read thermometer or juices run clear, 5-10 more minutes.
    4. Transfer chicken to a platter or plates. Give the cucumber-watermelon salad a stir, then spoon some over the chicken and serve the rest on the side.
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    Calories1140Calories from Fat680
    Total Fat76g117%
    Saturated Fat20g100%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat680
    Total Carbohydrate26g9%
    Dietary Fiber1g4%
    Vitamin A45%
    Vitamin C70%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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    Kelly S. a year ago
    This would have been better if I had marinated the chicken in the glaze. As is, the chicken did not taste much of watermelon. The salad is definitely a keeper though. Love the lime flavour and the watermelon and cucumber go really well together. A great crunch!
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    Mrs McDowell a year ago
    Omg! This is amazing. I actually cooked this on the stove instead of the grill and I have no words. My family said this has to go on the “have to have again” list. We all love it