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Ok so YOU GUYS.

Honey BBQ Chicken and Charred Corn Polenta | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

I have serious summer eats on the brain, and it doesn’t help that I just spent Monday and Tuesday in LA for meetings. I mean, it was only 70 degrees, but man, the sunshine and warmer temps were kind of amazing. It was a busy and quick trip, so I didn’t get nearly enough time outside, but it was still nice.

Also, I think I should probably just move myself to southern California because I could really get used to their weather…and their shopping…and their FARMERS MARKETS.

But for now I’ll just dream… and go visit my brother whenever possible. I already have major plans to take Asher to the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter this summer. She’s been begging me to take her for months and I promised her that once I finished my book manuscript, we would go. Hoping for sometime in July, and hoping to make it a longer trip this time! Maybe even go to the beach, actually do a little shopping and eat at all the best brunch spots. DUH.

Okok, but my point in all this rambling is that my summer food cravings are strong. I guess it’s kind of appropriate since Memorial Day weekend is not this weekend, but then next. For me that’s always the unofficial start to summertime! 🙂

Honey BBQ Chicken and Charred Corn Polenta | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

So let’s talk BBQ Chicken. Did you guys grow up on this?? My dad would make grilled BBQ chicken in the summertime, all the time. It was just so quick and easy. Plus, it was a meal he could serve with rice, which you know is a HUGE hit in my family.

This dish kind of goes back to mom’s and my comfort meal of chicken and rice. In the winter the chicken was baked, but in the summer it was grilled, and smothered in BBQ sauce. The only real difference was the sauce and maybe some grilled corn, but we loved it, and to this day it’s still one of my mom’s and my favorite flavors.

A lot of times I will text people recipes and ask them to choose their favorites. I’ll text them a list of six or so recipes to a few people, mom included, and all will come back saying the same thing. BBQ Chicken!!

Well OK then!

Honey BBQ Chicken and Charred Corn Polenta | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Here’s how this works, it’s simple and always a favorite. First, you’ll need some polenta. I like to use dry polenta and cook it with milk + a touch of butter. It makes for the creamiest polenta. Then comes the cheddar cheese and charred corn!

Yes and YES.

Really, can you ever go wrong with a little cheddar and a little corn? NOPE.

So while the polenta is cooking, just toss the chicken with your all time favorite BBQ sauce and some honey. The honey is a MUST. It adds a sweetness that pairs so well with the corn and the polenta. Plus, it helps the chicken to get a nice caramelization, and makes for a super sticky sauce…aka the way all BBQ sauces should be (in my opinion).

Then just grill. See, super simple. You can also bake the chicken in the oven if you prefer, or if you don’t have a grill…or if the weather is just plain crappy, which I know all too well.

UGH.

Hang in there though guys, the nice weather will come, and when it does we’ll have plenty of recipes to make and eat outside. Yeah!!

Alright, so once your polenta is all ready to go and your chicken is grilled, you just need a few more things…

…avocado, because well, I add avocado to everything these days.

…peaches!! My grocery store had California Peaches and guys I wasn’t sure if they would be good, but they where SO good. If you have peaches in your store add a few fresh or grilled slices to this meal, YUM.

…fresh cilantro and chives. I feel like the cilantro is obvious, but you could also use fresh basil, I think that would be amazing. The chives are sort of a new thing for me. I am really into them right now. Loving their flavor atop so many dishes!

…and lastly – more cheese! Do I need to explain this? Never enough cheese!

Honey BBQ Chicken and Charred Corn Polenta | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Honey BBQ Chicken and Charred Corn Polenta.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 538 kcal

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Ingredients

Polenta

  • 2 cup polenta
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 2 ears sweet corn charred, grilled or even left raw, kernels removed from the cob
  • kosher salt

BBQ chicken

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast or tenders
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce + more for serving
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 peaches sliced (left raw or grilled)
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • handful fresh cilantro
  • fresh chopped chives

Instructions

Polenta

  • Bring 3 cups water and 3 cups milk to a low boil in a large size pot. Whisk in the polenta and cook 15-20 minutes until thickened. Stir in the butter and cheddar cheese until melted. Add the corn and season with salt + pepper.

Chicken

  • Preheat the grill to medium high heat.
  • In a large gallon size zip-top bag or glass bowl, combine the chicken, BBQ sauce and honey and toss well to coat.
  • Grill the chicken, brushing with any leftover BBQ sauce for 3-4 minutes per side, gently flipping 2-3 times until chicken is cooked through and has light char marks. You can also use a grill pan or skillet. Remove and let rest 5 minutes, then slice against the grain.*
  • To serve, divide the polenta among bowls. Top the polenta with sliced peaches, avocado and the BBQ chicken. Garnish with cilantro and chives. EAT!

Honey BBQ Chicken and Charred Corn Polenta | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

And then you’re DONE. Honey BBQ Chicken and Charred Corn Polenta in under an hour… please and thank you!

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  1. Looking for a recipe to make my boyfriend and I this weekend and I think this is it! We’re not a huge fan of avocado though, do you have any suggestions of something else we could add in? Maybe another vegetable or something? Thanks!

    1. Hi Victoria,
      You can simply omit the avocado. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  2. Hi Tieghan – I stumbled across your site whilst looking for an inspired way to use polenta I bought once upon a time. I made this this evening – and oh my – it’s just divine! Seeing as though coriander/cilantro is the devil’s herb (hahaha), I used parsley fresh from my garden, and it was so good. Thank-you so much!

    I have to add, your recipes, PHOTOGRAPHY (omg!!), and site is a goldmine! I’m so pleased I discovered your work! Thank-you again for doing what you do, and I can’t wait to try out the next one – Market Veggie Board with Roasted Corn Jalapeno Hummus + Honey Whipped Goat Cheese looks just right for a gathering I’ve got coming up soon!

    1. YES!! This is one of my favorites!! SO happy you found it!!

      Thank you so so much it means a lot!! I hope you love everything you make Emma (:

  3. I made this yesterday and it was AMAZING!! I just love your site and all your recipes! Thank you ?

  4. I love this recipe!! My family asks for it at least twice a month. It is sooo delicious. I love to double and even triple it and serve on a huge platter for a big crowd. I add lots of grilled corn and cilantro over the top. Yummo!!!

  5. Kind of confused, the directions say to bring 3 cups of water, and 3 cups of milk to a boil? Then add 2 cups of polenta. Is this an error?

    1. No that is correct!! Polenta needs a lot of liquid, unless you are using instant polenta, then follow the instructions on the box! Hope this helps. Thanks Jill!

  6. Hi Tieghan!

    I made this meal for my family tonight and it was delicious. After scrolling through your Instagram feed in awe for so long I finally decided to try one of your recipes, I’m glad I did! Being young like you (I’m 16), it’s so amazing to see you have such a successful food blog. Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Hi, Eva!! Thank you so much!! I’m so happy you tried to make this! Sounds like you killed it!! So awesome!! Hope to hear more from you Eva!!

  7. This was great!, made it last night. The polenta is amazing & i would never think to pair it with, peaches/avocado/bbq sauce & cilantro together but it works! Your flavor combinations are amazing!
    Really great, will make again!
    Thanks you.
    🙂

  8. Gotta tell you. I feel pretty confident in the kitchen ,And feel a lot of food blogs may not go outside the box too much.
    Your blog is always inspiring !!!!!
    Just want to cook when I see your pictures. Keep it up ??????

    1. WOW!! Thank you so much Donnie!! Theres nothing better to hear than that my blog is inspiring(:

  9. So polenta is pretty much my favorite thing EVER (granted I say that about quite a few things), and I love serving it with BBQ shrimp (my own take on “shrimp and grits”). I know I would absolutely adore this meal! The peaches and avocado are great additions! (two more of my favorite things ever, lol)
    Thanks for the recipe!
    – MAK

  10. Oh my goodness this is the perfect Summer meal. BBQ chicken is a staple in my house, I’ve got to try this!!

  11. Okay, I stinking love California! It is so beautiful all the time and sometimes I *seriously* wish I lived there. This is a perfect recipe for summer eats, I need all of these polenta bowls + honey bbq chicken STAT!

  12. Hi Tieghan!
    This looks so good! I am a vegetarian, but I am sure that my family (five picky siblings) would enjoy this meal. I really want to try the grilled peaches! They look amazing!

    When I saw this word I immediately thought of you 🙂

    tur·o·phile
    n.
    A lover of cheese.

    Have a great day!

    Ps.
    This is my first time commenting on your blog, but I have been reading it for a little over a year.

    1. I’m so happy you finally did! So hi Eleanor!!

      I am so A turophile! LOL! Thank you for sharing this!!

      I hope you get to make this for your family!! And maybe some of my vegetarian recipes for yourself? (:

  13. I love polenta and this looks like an amazing dish, so yummy! Oh and love that bowl you used! 🙂

  14. Ohohoho, the farmers’ markets in California are BOMB diggity! You can find so many incredible thingsssssss 😀 I cannot wait to try this amazing BBQ chicken! I want this plate NOW.

  15. I’ve been craving the sunny weather and all the BBQs, too! We’ve been getting rain intermittently which we uuuuber need, but I’m ready for all the heat + delish BBQ chicken. This meal looks absolutely fabulous – I can definitely see it being a family favorite 😉

  16. This sounds absolutely delicious! Love the polenta with charred corn idea to serve, do you have a particular BBQ sauce favorite or do you make your own? Thanks for sharing!

  17. I’m with your call-people, ALWAYS Bbq chicken! This looks like the best way ever to kick off a killer summer!

  18. We LOVE polenta! I’m making this tonight. Thanks for a quick delicious looking weeknight dinner.