Baked Chicken in Maple-Strawberry BBQ Sauce- GF, DF & Paleo

I have a habit of browsing recipes posted by my circle of igers. Who knew instagram would be one of the best recipe 'books' I'd ever have? I found plenty of interesting people, cooks and health nuts, as well as websites to follow and source recipes to try.

This recipe, a gluten-free, dairy-free and Paleo barbeque sauce, I found via True to its title, the website is full of paleo recipes contributed by its members. While I don't follow a Paleo-diet, I find that many of its recipes are applicable for someone on a gluten-free and dairy-free diet. So this website serves as a new resource for my experiments in the kitchen.

One feature I like on the website is its search engine. It offers its users the option of searching for recipes by ingredient; one or more that should be included in the recipe. So if I want to cook something with celery in it, the search engine will narrow down to show celery-related recipes. It makes for a neater recipe browsing experience. 

I gave this recipe a try because the BBQ sauce has one cup of strawberries in it. Combined with Canadian Grade B maple syrup= AWESOME SAUCE. 

Baked Chicken in Maple-Strawberry BBQ Sauce-GF, DF & Paleo


1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon ground ginger powder
1 cup strawberries, chopped
1 cup yellow onion, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 tablespoon bacon fat (I used duck fat)
smoked salt to taste
1 pound chicken (thighs or breasts or drumstick with skin on)
1 tablespoon extra bacon fat for frying chicken


To make the Maple-Strawberry BBQ Sauce, combine maple syrup, lemon juice, vinegar, ginger, onions, carrots, strawberries and bacon fat in a saucepan.
Bring to boil, stir and lower to simmer on low for 20 minutes or until the onions and carrots are tender. 
Add smoked salt to taste
Transfer to blender and blend on high until completely smooth. 
Pour back into saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes.
BBQ sauce is done and onto the chicken.
Preheat oven to 200C.
Heat 1 tablespoon bacon fat in a frying pan on medium high. Brown all sides of chicken until almost fully cooked and skin is crispy.
Transfer chicken to baking dish and spoon 1 tablespoon or more of bbq sauce on each piece. 
Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes until chicken is cooked thoroughly. 
Serve on bed of salad. 

The unlikely combination of strawberries, onions, ginger and carrots actually made a very taste BBQ sauce! 

Note: Keep leftover BBQ sauce in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for later use. 

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