Grilled Chicken Nibbles with Homemade Tangy Barbecue Sauce

There’s nothing more fulfilling than cooking from scratch and it gives me the sense of achievement that makes the whole cooking experience more enjoyable. I’ve always wanted to home-make my most-frequently-used sauces – ketchup and barbecue sauce, for some time now. Although having said that, laziness has been the reason I’ve been procrastinating and resorting to the readily available store-bought alternatives.

Ok, I’ not insinuating that there’s anything wrong in doing so, but once in a blue moon, it’s nice to relive the tradition of sauce-making at home.

{My first homemade barbecue sauce}

After reading blog posts on summer grilling escapades by fellow bloggers, I began to miss the joy of barbecuing and the smokiness of char-grilled meat and vegetables.

I know, I know, it’s winter now and despite the temptation, I prefer to stay warm indoor rather than barbecuing in the cold. Hence, oven grilling makes perfect sense this time of year.

Since oven grilling requires little effort, I feel the need to try my hand at making barbecue sauce (uhm, well not completely from scratch as I’ve used store-bought ketchup for a start). And I must say after the success of my first batch of the sauce, I’m pretty sure ketchup will be my next sauce-making project.

Homemade Tangy Barbecue Sauce

(adapted from The Australian Women’s Weekly – Back to Basics)

Emily’s note: I’ve made the sauce using whatever is available in my pantry. You may notice I’ve used dijon mustard instead of american-style mustard; As the cider vinegar that I’ve used contains honey, I’ve reduced the portion of brown sugar to about 100g; I have also switched from fresh chilli to 1 teaspoon of sambal oelek (Indonesian crushed chilles)  since I have always have the latter in the fridge instead of the former.

Makes 2 Cups


1 cup (250ml) tomato ketchup

1/2 cup (125ml) cider vinegar

1/4 (60ml) worcestershire sauce

2/3 cup (150g) firmly packed light brown sugar

2 tbsps american-style mustard

1 fresh small red thai chilli, chopped finely

1 clove garlic, crushed/grated

1 tbsp lemon juice


1. Combine ingredients in medium saucepan; bring to the boil then reduce heat.

2. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.

Grilled Chicken Nibbles

Serves 2 people as appetizers


500g chicken nibbles

1/2 cup homemade barbecue sauce for marinate; 1/2 cup to coat the cooked chicken nibbles

A pinch of salt and some freshly ground black pepper


1. Combine all the ingredients above and let it marinate for 30 minutes or longer.

2. Before cooking, remember to preheat griller/oven at 180 degrees celsius (356 degrees fahrenheit).

3. Lightly scrape the marinate from the chicken to prevent from excess burning. Then arrange the chicken in a single layer on a baking tray and cook under the griller/oven for about 15- 20 minutes, turning once.

4.  Place the cooked chicken in a large bowl, pour 1/2 cup of the sauce, using a plate wide enough to cover the bowl and toss until the sauce is well combined with the chicken.

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17 thoughts on “Grilled Chicken Nibbles with Homemade Tangy Barbecue Sauce

    • Hi Natalie,

      I know what you mean, sometimes the store-bought option is not expensive and convenient, it quite easy that we fall off the home-made bandwagon.

      Thanks for visiting my site. 🙂

  1. Those wings look amazing. I made my first batch of BBQ sauce recently as well, and it was an unforgettable experience b/c it was so good. There’s nothing like making everyday items at home. Your sauce looks fantastic. I love the ingredients used in the sauce. I think grilling should be done any time of the year. Just stay warm! I cannot wait until it is winter again on my side of the equator.

    • Are you serious? I would swap the season with you right now! haha. I’m missing summer – fruits, beaches and picnics.

      And, thanks for your lovely comment. 🙂

    • Hi Cristina,

      Thanks for your comment. I just love glazy-looking meat – it’ll definitely whet anyone’s appetite. 😛

  2. Hello Emily,
    I love your home-made barbecue sauce. I think it’s great to make your own sauce rather than use factory-made sauce. (big thumb up for you :D) Thank you for sharing this great post and the chicken looks so so so tasty.

    • Hi Liv,

      Well, I try to make my own sauce. Not all the time, but sometimes. 😛 With reality cooking shows I’ve been watching lately, I do feel motivated to cut down on factory-made sauce – See the power of television. 😛

      Thanks for your lovely words. 🙂

  3. hi, i cant stop myself from appreciating your effort and this weekend i ll try ur sauce for sure, as already mentioned by everyone it looks great n m sure ll taste great… thank u for putting it up.. thank u again..

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