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Grilled BBQ Chicken

Grilled BBQ Chicken is an easy guide with tips on how to grill juicy, flavorful bbq chicken breast, thighs and legs on a gas grill!

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  • 4 pounds chicken (whole chicken cut into 8 pieces or a combination of chicken breast, legs and thighs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Bourbon bbq sauce or your favorite store bought brand


  • Salt and pepper the chicken generously or apply a dry rub, and place on the counter to bring to room temperature for 30 minutes to one hour before grilling.
  • Preheat the grill over high heat. Place the chicken on the grill and lower the temperature to medium. See the notes below for cooking times for various cuts of chicken.
  • Brush the chicken with the bbq sauce during the last 10-15 minutes of cooking time.
  • Chicken is done when an instant-read thermometer is inserted into the breast is 165 degrees, or thickest part of leg or thigh without touching the bone and registers 170 degrees.
  • Remove chicken from heat and let rest covered loosely with foil for 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!


  • Pro tip:  Bone-in chicken breast is much more forgiving than boneless. The cooking time is longer, but it's guaranteed to be juicy every time!  Purchasing a whole chicken and breaking it down is the most cost effective. You can also have your butcher do it for you!
  • Grilling times for each cut of chicken at a temperature of 350 degrees are as follows: bone-in chicken breast:  30-40 minutes depending on size, and boneless chicken breast takes 12-16 minutes, pounded to even thickness for more even cooking; chicken thighs:  boneless chicken thighs take 12-15 minutes and bone-in take 20-25 minutes; chicken legs: 30-40 minutes; chicken wings: 10-15 minutes
  • If using skin-on chicken, a dry brine is a great way to get even juicier, more flavorful chicken!  Simply salt the chicken all over 1-2 days in advance and leave uncovered in the fridge until your ready to barbecue.
  • If at any point your chicken starts to burn or you encounter a flare-up, turn down the heat, or turn off one burner completely and cook the chicken over indirect heat until it's done.
  • BBQ chicken will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Serving: 1g, Calories: 643kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 66g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 21g, Cholesterol: 257mg, Sodium: 571mg, Sugar: 12g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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