Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Neely's BBQ Spaghetti

I've never even seen The Neeley's but someone at work made this and brought in the leftovers. It sounds ghetto, but it was amazing! It was like a distant relative of chicken cacciatore, but with a smokey flavor from the Worcestershire sauce and some kick from the chili powder and cayenne. I'll bet the leftovers will even better tomorrow after the pasta sucks up all the flavors.

BBQ Sauce

1 1/4 cups ketchup
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
1/4 tablespoon onion powder
1/4 tablespoon garlic powder
pinch of chili powder
pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cooked uncovered, stirring frequently, for 2 hours. You can make this ahead of time and refrigerate.

1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups bell pepper, chopped (mixed colors or all one color)
1 small yellow onion
2 cups Neely's BBQ sauce (recipe above)
8 ounces chicken, cooked and chopped into bite-size pieces
8 ounces whole wheat spaghetti

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute the pepper and onion, until softened for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the premade BBQ sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and add the chicken.

Meanwhile, fill a large pot with water and bring to boil. Season liberally with salt and add spaghetti. Cook until al dente and drain. Toss spaghetti with sauce.

Yields 4 servings.

WW info:
flex - 7 point per serving
core - 1 point per serving (for the sugar)


Jaime said...

this is my kind of dish! it sounds so delicious and different! can't wait to try it :)

Anonymous said...

Ghetto? You should really watch your words before they come off as racist. From one Jewish American to another- I'm sure you know the history of the word "ghetto" (and its use for our people) and should not use it in such context!

Miss Courgette said...

i saw this episode the other and got so excited - such a good idea! i'm glad to know it turned out all right.

Dori said...

To the anonymous probably thought I'd delete your comment, but I'm not because I didn't say anything wrong.

You should know that I meant "ghetto" in the sort of Hamburger Helper sense. Like, at first glance, BBQ Spaghetti sounds like a dish that would entail throwing some ground beef and a bottle of BBQ sauce on a pile of spaghetti. If anything, I'd expect perhaps someone of African-American origin to be calling me out on this (like they did Sarah Jessica Parker on Sex and the City when she used the term "ghetto gold" to describe some oversized gold earrings).

Anonymous said...

i made this recipe on the weekend and it was awesome...the bbq sauce is so good and easy to make...thanks for taking the time to post it...oh btw i made your pb&j muffins too...not bad!

Mandy said...

I've never seen anything like this before. Thank you, I'll try it this week!