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Barbecue Chicken with Homemade Sauce

Marilu Henner, internationally acclaimed actress, author of seven successful healthy lifestyle and cookery books and the founder of Total Health Makeover (a complete, easy-to-follow life plan that will change the way you look and feel, inside and out) is a devoted advocate of Wholesome!Organic Sucanat.

Sucanat (Sugar Cane Natural) retains the taste and nutrients of sugar cane and is produced without the use of any herbicides, pesticides or chemicals. Sucanat is simply whole cane juice that has been rapidly evaporated and hand-paddled to create a dry, porous, free-flowing organic brown sugar. Sucanat contains 13% molasses and 87% sucrose so it is slightlylower on the glycemic index than regular sugar.

Marilu has been using the gloriously rich Sucanat, which she calls a "legal sugar" for 20 years and it stars in all seven of her recipe books. Marilu's fanstastic brownie recipe from her book PARTY HEARTY, is a must-try and easy to follow recipe.

Marilu traveled to Costa Rica with her co-author and brother, Lorin Henner, and a group of like-minded food enthusiasts to witness first-hand how the Organic Sucanat is produced and to understand why it is fabled as "the World's Healthiest Sugar".

In 2006, Marilu served as the master of ceremonies for Wholesome!' Distinguished Women in Wine Luncheon at Fort Bend County's The Grand Wine and Food Affair.
Barbecue chicken

Dietary Restrictions

  • gluten_free


In a medium saucepan over high heat, sauté the onion and garlic with the olive oil until soft. Add the remaining ingredients (except for the chicken) and 2 cups water. Mix well or blend in a blender for a few seconds. Simmer the sauce over medium-low heat for 30 to 60 minutes or until BBQ sauce reaches the desired thickness. Cool.

In a large bowl, cover the chicken with the sauce on all sides and marinate for 1 hour, refrigerated and covered.

Grill on medium-high heat, turning for 15 to 20 minutes on each side, until the chicken is cooked.

Recipe Source
Party Hearty with Marilu Henner



  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (optional)
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp Wholesome! Organic Molasses
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  • 2 tbsp Wholesome! Organic Sucanat
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  • 4 tbsp balsamic or other vinegar
  • 4 tbsp vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp Chalula, Tabasco or your favorite hot sauce
  • 1 pound free-range organic chicken legs and breasts, washed and dried