Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Barbecue Sauce

Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Barbecue Sauce
Erika Monroe-Williams


For the salad

  • 1/2  small seedless watermelon, cut into 1-inch wheels
  • 1 Cup  peeled, sliced, and quartered cucumbers
  • 2 Tablespoons  finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2  jalapeño, diced
  •   2-3 tablespoons roasted, salted pepitas
  • 1/4 Cup  cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup  queso fresco, crumbled
  •   Salt and pepper, to taste
  • small bunch microgreens

For the chicken

  • 1 Cup  diced watermelon
  • 1/4 Cup  finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 Cup  balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup  brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup  soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon  canola oil, plus more for grilling
  • 2 Tablespoons  Dijon mustard
  • 1 Teaspoon  garlic salt
  • boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  •   Salt and pepper, to taste

Summer makes me think of many things from my childhood… climbing trees, picking berries on Mt. Hood in Oregon, swimming for hours, mosquito bites, making freshly churned vanilla ice cream with fresh peaches, barbecues… and watermelon. Watermelon was served almost every day and we just couldn’t get enough of the juicy and sweet treat. Here’s an unusual way of serving a classic summer staple.

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For the salad

Preheat the grill over medium to medium-high heat.

Put the watermelon wheels on the grill for 2-3 minutes, then turn 90 degrees to make a crisscross pattern with the char marks and grill for 2-3 minutes longer. Flip and repeat. Remove from the grill, and once cool, cut the wheels into quarters so it’s easier to cut the rind. Cut the watermelon into cubes.

In a bowl, combine the watermelon with the cucumbers, red onion, jalapeño, pepitas, cilantro, and queso fresco. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, then serve the delicious salad over a bed of microgreens.

For the chicken

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Sauté the watermelon for about 5 minutes, then add the red onion. Let the onion and watermelon cook uncovered for about 20 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, canola oil, Dijon mustard, and garlic salt. Cook for 30 more minutes.

Meanwhile, lay the chicken breasts between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound/tenderize the chicken using a meat mallet or a large, heavy-bottomed pan. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Preheat the grill over medium-high heat.

Brush the chicken on both sides with just enough canola oil to coat. Grill until just cooked through, about 8 minutes per side. Serve with the sauce on top and the salad.


Calories per serving:

849 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 27g 42%
  • Carbs 85g 28%
  • Saturated 6g 28%
  • Fiber 5g 21%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 68g
  • Monounsaturated 10g
  • Polyunsaturated 7g
  • Protein 69g 137%
  • Cholesterol 183mg 61%
  • Sodium 2,174mg 91%
  • Calcium 226mg 23%
  • Magnesium 270mg 68%
  • Potassium 1,933mg 55%
  • Iron 5mg 30%
  • Zinc 4mg 30%
  • Phosphorus 935mg 134%
  • Vitamin A 209µg 23%
  • Vitamin C 47mg 79%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 31%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 40%
  • Niacin (B3) 25mg 127%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 116%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 66µg 16%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 13%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 17%
  • Vitamin K 37µg 47%
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