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Grilled Chicken With Alabama White Sauce Recipe

Grilled chicken with Alabama white sauce.
Arthur Bovino

Grilled chicken with Alabama white sauce.

If you haven't had Alabama white sauce you've missed out on a life-changing moment. Unlike other barbecue sauces, Alabama white sauce uses mayonnaise as its base. It's creamy, tangy, and peppery. Whenever Big Bob Gibson's is in town for the Big Apple BBQ Block Party, getting over to their stand to eat barbecue with white sauce is a high priority. Big Bob Gibson's has served the white sauce with pulled pork shoulder (yes, the meat becomes the accoutrement), but its purpose in this world is chicken — barbecued, pulled, or grilled.

Recreating the sauce is easy, and a few added touches, like using Kewpie mayonnaise, arguably improve it. And while horseradish and ground pepper lend kick, it's even better if you add another kind of heat. I threw some "Bomb Diggity" hot sauce that I scored last week in the Bahamas, but if you don't have Bomb Diggity you can use jalapeño or habanero. As Food Network's recipe for the sauce notes, you can brush it over the chicken during the last few minutes of grilling, and use it for dipping.

The best thing is, if you can't finish eating all the chicken you've grilled you can just pull or chop it up and, presto: a spicy chicken salad.

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For the sauce:

  • ½ container of Kewpie mayonnaise
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • ½ minced shallot
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated horseradish
  • Salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper

For the chicken:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


For the sauce:

Mix all the ingredients for the mayonnaise together and set aside.

For the chicken:

Turn on the grill. Dress your chicken with lemon juice, oil, salt, and pepper. Lay the chicken on a very hot grill. Turn after about 2-3 minutes. Remove after another 2-3 minutes. Dress with sauce and serve.