Barbecue Chicken with Pinot Noir Blueberry Sauce

Impress Dad this Father’s Day by taking over the grill and wowing him with spicy and fruity Barbecue Chicken with Pinot Noir Blueberry Sauce. 

Barbecue Chicken with Pinot Blueberry Sauce #SundaySupper from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

I was a pretty lucky kid, I didn’t grow up with just one good cook in the house, I grew up with 2 and sometimes up to 5 if my brothers were around.  Like all Dads out there, he grilled but also made the best scrambled eggs, picked out perfect produce every time (carved some seriously awesome watermelons), and was the one in charge of latke making during Chanukah.

Even with all his culinary talents though, I still refer to my Dad is as the grill master.  Yes mine, not yours, I don’t care what you say.  It didn’t matter if there was snow on the ground, rain outside or 100 degree temperature – if something to be grilled was on the dinner menu that night he was your man.  Hot dogs, burgers, chicken, steak, ribs. You name it, he did it and he did it well.  Although sometimes we had to yell not to burn it to death aka his preferred way to eat meat.

Now if I was actually able to spend Father’s Day with Dad, I’d give him a break from the grill but since I can’t I’ll just give him a recipe to try out down at the poolside grill in at their condo.

Barbecue Chicken with Pinot Blueberry Sauce #SundaySupper from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

You’re probably thinking but Susan blueberry and pinot noir doesn’t sound very manly to me – trust me between the spice rub and the complex flavors in this barbecue sauce you will feel like a man at the grill – even with that glass of Gallo Family Vineyards Pinot Noir in hand.

See not every dad is a beer drinker and with our good friends at Gallo we are putting together a father’s day feast!  Gather the family, the neighbors, the kids, the grandkids, open up some smooth Pinot Noir or light, refreshing Cafe Zinfandel and sit back and relax.  Pretty soon you’ll be itching for the chicken to finish cooking and the pinot noir blueberry sauce to finish up.  This sauce is thinner than your standard barbecue sauce but thickens up as it cools and leaves the chicken with a stunning purple-blue hue.


Barbecue Chicken with Pinot Blueberry Sauce #SundaySupper from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Barbecue Chicken with Pinot Noir Blueberry Sauce
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    For the chicken:
  • 3lbs assorted chicken bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces, thighs, legs or breasts
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • For the Pinot Noir Blueberry Sauce:
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Pinot Noir - such as Gallo Family Vineyards
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. If using a grill - prepare as necessary for grilled chicken. If cooking in an oven heat to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Rinse and pat the chicken dry.
  3. In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, salt, paprika and cayenne pepper.
  4. Rub the chicken with the spice mixture and bake in the oven on the prepared sheet for 35-45 minutes (depending on the cut of chicken) or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  5. If grilling, grill the chicken as you normally would until the internal temperature reaches 165.
  6. In a medium saucepan over medium heat drizzle 1/2 tablespoon of canola oil and saute the onions until translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
  7. Add the blueberries, ketchup, pinot noir, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, salt and cayenne pepper. Mix to combine and bring to a boil.
  8. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the barbecue sauce for about 30 minutes, you want the blueberries to cook down and the sauce to thicken slightly.
  9. You can either leave the sauce as is with some whole blueberries or puree it in your blender for a thicker and smoother sauce.
  10. A few minutes before the chicken finishes cooking, baste the sauce on the chicken and cook for 2 minutes.
  11. Serve additional sauce on the side.
Recipe Type: Main

Barbecue Chicken with Pinot Blueberry Sauce from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Gallo Family Vineyards provides an easy store finder to find out where to buy your Pinot Noir or Cafe Zinfandel for all the wonderful recipes listed below.  They are even offering a $1 off digital coupon to help celebrate all the Dads and don’t forget to check Gallo Family out on FacebookTwitterInstagram andYoutube.

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38 thoughts on “Barbecue Chicken with Pinot Noir Blueberry Sauce

  1. The Ninja Baker

    The royal blueberry sauce cresting the chickens is a majestic way to celebrate your maestro of the grill. (Thank you for the recipe!)

    P.s. How fantabulous that you grew up with so much culinary savvy.

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  7. Run DMT

    I love this! I just posted on my blog how I crave charred grilled meat and summer berries in the summer months. Totally pinning this yummy combination!

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  12. Family Foodie

    You are one lucky girl — seriously, 5 great cooks in one house?
    No wonder you can come up with great recipes like this one — I am running to the store to get some blueberries and try this one!
    What great pictures!

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  14. Liz

    What a fantastic BBQ sauce! I’m certain dad’s across the country would love it, too.
    PS. my hubby is the same way when it comes to grilling! He’s even been out back with an umbrella!

  15. Alida

    The chicken and the delicious pinot noir blueberry sauce look too good for words…just amazing! And now I know what to make for Father’s Day. Can’t wait!

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    1. Susan Palmer

      Hi Penny, you most definitely can use this with pork tenderloin! As a matter of fact, I used some of the leftover sauce this week to put on pork chops. – Susan

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