Basic Chicken Barbecue Recipe
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Basic Chicken Barbecue Recipe

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As far as I'm concerned, there's no better way to spend a summer night than sitting outdoors with the family and enjoying a hot-off-the-grill meal like this.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 35 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 35 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 3-1/2 pounds), cut up

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 511 calories, 35g fat (8g saturated fat), 131mg cholesterol, 1883mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 42g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, sugar and salt. Whisk in the water, oil, poultry seasoning and pepper. Reserve 1/2 cup for basting; cover and refrigerate. Pour remaining marinade into a large resealable plastic bag; add the chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
  2. Drain chicken, discarding marinade in bag. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 35-45 minutes or until juices run clear, turning and basting occasionally with reserved marinade. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Basic Chicken Barbecue in Country Chicken Cookbook 1995, p94

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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luigimon User ID: 1692040 19228
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2014

"Wow, this is great! I used boneless chicken breasts as that's what I had on hand, but can't wait to try it with the fryer! Sooooooooooo good!!!!!!"

fondant_123 User ID: 6776802 17233
Reviewed May. 20, 2013

"Absolutely delicious!!! Very tasty and full of flavor. Loved how simple this recipe was too! Keeping this recipe!!!"

jasberry User ID: 6892719 15788
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2012

"Totally delicious - very tender and juicy meat with crispy, charred skin. I was surprised at how tasty and flavorful it turned out. Will definitely make this again."

cjpoole1 User ID: 5840539 73060
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2012

"This is so easy and I love the flavor it gives the chicken. I use if for tenderloins, too."

kfreeman User ID: 1302758 43237
Reviewed May. 31, 2012

"I quartered the recipe just to try it out with two skinless chicken breast & I wished I had made more! So delicious! I thought I was sitting in a steakhouse - it was that good! I toasted a bun on the grill & let cheddar cheese melt over the chicken, then spread bottled BBQ sauce over it for the perfect sandwich."

Kara Webber Schiro User ID: 1772356 18028
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

"Really simple and a great alternative to the tomato based barbecue sauces. The whole family loved it."

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