Apple-Butter Barbecued Roasted Chicken Recipe
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Apple-Butter Barbecued Roasted Chicken Recipe

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I love cooking so much I sometimes think of recipes in my sleep and wake up to write them down! This dream-inspired dish is my family's favorite way to eat chicken. —Holly Kilbel, Akron, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Grill: 1-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Grill: 1-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 roasting chicken (6 to 7 pounds)
  • 1 can (11-1/2 ounces) unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce

Nutritional Facts

6 ounce-weight: 441 calories, 24g fat (7g saturated fat), 134mg cholesterol, 489mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (10g sugars, trace fiber), 43g protein


  1. Combine the salt, garlic powder, pepper and cayenne; sprinkle over chicken.
  2. Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. Pour half of the apple juice into another container and save for another use. With a can opener, poke additional holes in the top of the can. Holding the chicken with legs pointed down, lower chicken over the can so it fills the body cavity. Place chicken on grill rack over drip pan.
  3. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until a thermometer reads 180°. Combine apple butter and barbecue sauce; baste chicken occasionally during the last 30 minutes. Remove chicken from grill; cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Remove chicken from can before carving. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Apple-Butter Barbecued Chicken in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2007, p218

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014

"Fabulous Recipe...well worth the time and effort of making your own Apple Butter which I found the recipe for from Taste of Home!"

Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"Would you be able to do this similar thing in a crockpot?"

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2013

"Great tasting grilled chicken. I used my beer can chicken grill pan instead of using apple juice can."

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2013

"I did this with chicken breasts...fabulous!"

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2013

"To burgers76: Just use a pan big enough to catch the drippings from the chicken, and stand it up on the lower rack of your oven. Bake at 350 - 375 and it will come out about the same as indirect grilling. You could add a little liquid smoke to the apple juice or sauce, if that is the flavor you think you'd miss by not using a grill. I just got the recipe, so I will be trying it soon."

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