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Favorite Barbecue Chicken Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Favorite Barbecue Chicken

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"A not-too-sweet, not-too-tangy barbecue sauce that everyone loves. Finishes in almost a glaze and would also be great on pork chops or ribs."

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Original recipe makes 2 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    40 mins


  1. Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until tender. Stir in ketchup, honey, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Cook for a few minutes to thicken sauce. Remove from heat, and allow to cool.
  3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Dip chicken in sauce, and turn to coat. Cook on grill for 10 to 15 minutes, turning once. Move chicken to the skillet with sauce. Simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes on each side.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 12, 2006

Since it's freezing outside, I decided not to grill, but baked the chicken instead. I just put the chicken pieces in a baking dish and covered them with sauce. I also added one tablespoon of prepared mustard to the sauce as well. I won't be going back to the bottled stuff again, this sauce was delicious.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 16, 2011

Firt the picture shows chicken legs and the recipe calls for chicken breast. While the sauce may be be, i have not tried it yet, any good BBQ knows hat anything BBQed is verslowed cooked. It takes me about 2+ hours to cook. Like most Southern cooks I have my own BBQ sauce recipe which is a family secret. Meat, for the seasoning to be absorbed must me applied 2-3 hours prior, or over night I like to brag that when I BBQ chciken and ribs, hens and pigs line up to voulenteer to be my final product!

Aug 29, 2012

I doubled this recipe to feed four. To the sauce I did add a squirt dijon mustard and a touch of Liquid Smoke. This was a quick and easy chicken recipe.

Apr 29, 2010

Wonderful recipe - I doubled it and used chili sauce instead of ketchup and put the chicken in the sauce to marinate all day reserving some for basting. We did the whole thing on the grill and it was very good.

Jun 16, 2011

Love to grill but had no time. Doubled the sauce recipe and put four frozen chicken breasts in crock pot, dumped the sauce on top - slow cooked about eight hours. House smelled so good when we got home. Serve with a bagged green salad and microwave baked potatoes with a little extra sauce and some shredded cheese on top. Delicious! Felt like someone had been home cooking dinner for us!

Oct 19, 2006

I made this for holiday dinner a few weeks ago. I didn't have a grill, so I baked it, first covered, then uncovered to get a nice color. It got very good feedback.

Jan 25, 2004

This chicken was a hit at our dinner party! I used a whole cut up chicken instead of chicken breasts, and it turned out wonderful! I increased the sauce 4X, since we like extra sauce on the side. This is a definite keeper! Everyone wanted the recipe!

Jun 08, 2005

This is a great recipe. I got quite a few compliments on this one. I doubled the recipe and it was enough marinade and brushing sauce for 4 medium sized chicken breasts. I stuck to the recipe as written except for one extra ingredient. I mixed in a Tablespoon of Louisiana hot sauce to give it a little kick. It actually didn’t taste all that hot to me, even after adding the hot sauce, but it added just enough heat to offset the sweetness of the sauce. I used a red onion which gave the sauce a bolder flavor. Next time I’ll add a little cayenne pepper because I like spiciness, but the recipe is fine the way it is. After the sauce cooled I marinated the chicken for about 2 hours, then put the chicken breasts on a hot lightly oiled grill, and brushed the rest of the sauce on them as they cooked. Delicious.


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  • Calories
  • 452 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 60.1 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol
  • 67 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 13.1 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 25.7 g
  • 51%
  • Sodium
  • 714 mg
  • 29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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