Thank you to Naturipe Farms for sponsoring this post.
Fresh summer blueberries give average barbecue sauce an unexpected and delicious sweet and tangy flavor. Pair the sauce with grilled chicken and fresh grilled corn salsa for a well rounded summer dinner!
Happy Monday friends! Today I’m so excited to share that I’ve teamed up with Naturipe Farms and four other blogger to be apart of the #EatTheRainbow challenge! The challenge is to create a unique out-of-the-box recipe. The four other bloggers were given breakfast, salad, drink, and dessert. I was chosen to make the main dish using gorgeous, juicy, blueberries and a bright yellow color to compliment it. Immediately blueberries and corn came to mind and since it’s summer you knew there had to be some grilling involved.
During the summer we grill about 75% of our dinners and this Grilled Chicken with Blueberry Barbecue Sauce and Corn Salsa was no exception. I love grilling during the summer because it keeps the heat out of the house and I get to stand outside and tend to the grill like I’m some sort of grill master, although I’m certainly no Bobby Flay. Most nights our dinners involve grilled chicken, and to be honest sometimes it can get a little boring. Chicken often needs a little help in the flavor department and what better way to do that then to make a barbecue sauce to either glaze it with or serve on the side. I love making my own barbecue sauces and adding different flavors to them. In the case of this barbecue sauce, it’s all about the blueberries!
The blueberry barbecue sauce has an unmistakable blueberry flavor that pairs so well with the typical flavors we are used to tasting in barbecue sauce. The sauce is sweet and a little tangy and turns that unmemorable piece of grilled chicken into something amazing!
Let’s talk about the bright yellow color that was the other half of my Eat the Rainbow Recipe Challenge. Corn was the first thing that came to mind. I love how sweet fresh corn is during the summer and yep, you guessed it, I decided to grill it! I figured since I was already grilling chicken I might as well throw the ingredients for the corn salsa on the grill as well. Grilling the corn gives it a great smokey flavor along with bringing out the sweetness. The corn is paired with a grilled red bell pepper, jalapeño, red onion, and lime juice. It’s a simple salsa, but it packs a lot of flavor. The corn salsa is a great accompaniment to the blueberry barbecue sauce coated chicken and completes this delicious summer meal. So, how do you guys think I did with the Eat the Rainbow Recipe Challenge? If you think you’ll be adding this recipe to your summer grilling menu then head on over to Naturipe’s Facebook page and vote for your favorite recipe starting in August! In the meantime eat the rainbow and fill your body with balanced meals full of vegetables, fruit, protein, and lots of color!