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Chicken with Plum Sauce and Grilled Plums

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Grilled Chicken with Plum Sauce and Grilled Plums is a healthy, easy late summer meal that is ready in 40 minutes. The chicken turns out moist and juicy because it is indirect grilled, once browned.

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Chicken with Plum Sauce and Grilled Plums

This is the second post I ever did in 2014! It was badly in need of an update, so I could hardly wait for the plums to be ripe! Easy grilled dinners are pretty much a standard when the temperatures soar. This summer has been particularly warm, so we hardly have cooked inside, at all!

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How to Make Grilled Chicken with Plum Sauce and Grilled Plums

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  1. Grate onion, garlic and ginger into a small saucepan with plum jam.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pan. Bring to a simmer under medium heat.
  3. Stir often until bubbly (approximately 20 minutes) or until sauce is fairly thickened (resembling Barbeque Sauce). Set Sauce aside. ** Can be done up to 3 days ahead and stored in an airtight container in refrigerator. Brush the cut side of the plums with plum sauce and set aside.
  4. Brown chicken over high heat on grill. Once browned, remove to the side of the grill that has no flame, leaving the other side on. Try to keep the grill temperature about 350°F. Depending on the size of your chicken pieces, they should take about 45 minutes to one hour to reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
  5. During the last 10 to 15 minutes, baste chicken with the plum sauce. Lastly, grill plum over direct heat for 3-4 minutes, until soft and grill marks are achieved.
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You can use any cut of chicken that you like, even a whole chicken would be great with the sauce! It is a bit tart and a bit sweet! Just the way we like our Barbecue Sauces!

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Chicken with Plum Sauce and Grilled Plums

Grilled plums are great in this savory dish!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 397kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $4


  • 4 large boneless , skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 Large Plums , halved
  • Olive Oil

For the Plum Sauce


  • Mix all ingredients for sauce in a small saucepan. Cook on low heat until bubbly and thick. Brush the plums on cuts side with sauce, and set aside.
  • Pound chicken breasts to achieve even thickness.
  • Brush grill with olive oil and direct grill chicken breasts for approximately 4 minutes on each side until you have nice grill marks. Move to the other side of the grill and brush both sides with plum sauce. Close the grill lid. Let indirect grill until chicken reaches 165° F (Approximately 45 to 1 hour minutes, depending on the thickness). Remove chicken and let rest. While chicken is resting, grill the plums for approximately two minutes on each side to get nice grill marks.
  • Serve with rice pilaf and your choice of vegetable.
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Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 288mg | Potassium: 997mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Vitamin C: 15.4mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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Originally Published 9/12/2014 Updated 8/27/2018

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  1. 5 stars
    Plums are so good right now, I love them with pork and sure will with chicken, can’t wait to try grillin’ them! Yum!

  2. 5 stars
    I bet this sauce tastes amazing! What a yummy addition to chicken. I bet it would be great for a crowd.

  3. 5 stars
    Plum sauce sounds fantastic! I’ve never made this before. The color is gorgeous! I definitely need to make this next time I bring home plums!

  4. 5 stars
    A friend just gave me a whole lot of plums from here orchard so this recipe is absolutely on the menu next week. Going to make the plum jam myself! Can’t wait!

  5. 5 stars
    Plums are one of my most favorite fruits and you have incorporated into a chicken dinner. The flavors in this sound absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to serve this for dinner.

  6. 5 stars
    Oh my, Beth! This recipe is a must, must must make ASAP. I love plum sauce with pork in general but never made it with chicken. I cannot wait to try it while plums are still in season and fully available 😉

    1. Oh, I think you will love it, Ramona! I love the grilled plums with it! They give it such a nice, sweet, tart, flavor!

  7. 5 stars
    I love it that you used plum sauce for this chicken entree! I may not have ever thought of it. Great recipe, easy, and looks yummm! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    I dont think I have ever used plums in cooking and don’t know why! This looks fabulous and I would love to try this!

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