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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


  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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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!!!!!!"

Reviewed May. 20, 2013

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

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."

Reviewed Jun. 5, 2012

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

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."

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