Grilled Chicken Breasts, Barbecue Sauce; a bee house


It’s warm enough, and not raining.

Mon mari is willing to do his bit and take over summer cooking.

That means that he’s now doing the mundane, every day cooking on the gas grill rather than the weekend cooking on charcoal.

Obviously, it’s also time to make some Barbecue Sauce.

This sauce has a bit of ginger which we like. It makes about 1 1/2 cups and we’ll be using it on other grilled stuff over the coming week.

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Grilled Chicken Breasts, Barbecue Sauce

Grilled Chicken Breasts are a summer staple for us. When we serve chicken breasts, rather than put the whole breast on the plate we prefer it sliced. Thinly sliced, at an angle, it seems to be more succulent.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs sherry vinegar
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • Ginger Barbecue Sauce:
  • 1 cup tomato sauce, 8oz (240ml)
  • 2 tbs molasses
  • 2 tbs cider vinegar or other vinegar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp ground ginger 
  • 1 tbs soy sauce


  • In small bowl whisk together Worcestershire, vinegar, lemon juice and oil.
  • Put chicken breasts in dish / pan and pour marinade over. Let marinate for 10 – 20 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  • Cook on barbecue grill for 8 – 12 minutes per side or until done (test – take a peak), basting with Barbecue Sauce.
  • Serve with remaining sauce on the side.
  • Ginger Barbecue Sauce:
  • Heat all ingredients in a small saucepan, whisking to combine.  Bring to a simmer just long enough to combine all ingredients.


Remove 2 – 3 tbs barbecue sauce to use for basting rather than dipping the basting brush or spoon into the entire sauce.

Keywords: chicken breasts, barbecue sauce

Grilled Chicken Breasts, Ginger Barbecue Sauce

I want a bee house.

Actually, I’m going to get a bee house…. I’m just not sure where yet.

No, not a bee hive; a bee house.

I saw one yesterday, when I was at my French friend’s house for conversation. She had a row of bird houses sitting next to her potager. One of them looked similar to this:

But without the bee on it.

I commented on the weird birdhouse.  That’s when I learned about bee houses.

You can put one of these cute little houses in your garden and hope that a mason bee moves in.

One female will move in, and lay eggs, protecting them with mud, until all the little holes are full.  They are docile bees, friendly, and don’t sting.

But, and this is a big one, they are extremely effective pollinators, more so than the average honey bee so they are a great addition to, well, the world you live in.

They don’t make honey or wax.

Here’s another house:

They’re not big – about the size of a small bird house (maybe 9″ x 5″).

The bee that was living in her house was so cute. She flew around us all the while we were there, back and forth, from flower to house, busy laying and protecting her eggs.

My friend said her grand-kids (2 & 4 yo) love to sit and watch her.

I’ll just be happy to have such a good pollinator in my potager.

Read all the details on the Wiki mason bee link.

14 thoughts on “Grilled Chicken Breasts, Barbecue Sauce; a bee house”

  1. Might I suggest you read his blog:
    because he is a font of information regarding how to get a proper house, one that is cleanable and won’t end up killing the bees. And there are many, many commercial houses out there that will. That’s the last thing you want.

    And I’m going to try your BBQ sauce. I don’t like sweet sauces so I think I might like this one.

    • It’s not terrible sweet – add a bit more vinegar if it is… Thanks for the link. Interesting about the size requirements. I’m going to look at the garden store tomorrow.

  2. Do you have a link about where to buy a bee house? Would love to get one for my grandchildren. Thanks!

    • I grabbed (borrowed) the photos from Amazon but I haven’t looked closely. I am going to try our local garden store tomorrow. If you live in the US – the link in the comment above has good info and sources.
      If you live in France, let me know and I’ll tell you what I find.

  3. I’ve heard of those bee houses, but had never seen one. Now that I see your photos, I want one too!!

    (Mmmmm. Ginger Barbecue sauce….)

  4. I made this last weekend. Sauce was wonderful! Timing for cooking the chicken was dead on! Husband was looking for seconds & thirds – Too bad! I made enough for 2! So I offered extra veggies.

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