Contest-Winning Barbecued Chicken Recipe
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Contest-Winning Barbecued Chicken Recipe

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When our neighborhood has a cookout, I always take along this chicken and watch it quickly disappear! My family loves this recipe because of the zesty seasoning blend and no-fuss barbecue sauce. —Linda Scott, Hahira, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Grill: 40 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Grill: 40 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 broiler/fryer chickens (3 to 4 pounds each), cut up
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 4 teaspoons salt or salt substitute
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional

Nutritional Facts

7 ounces cooked chicken (calculated without Liquid Smoke): 471 calories, 21g fat (6g saturated fat), 131mg cholesterol, 2062mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 42g protein.


  1. Pat chicken pieces dry. In a small bowl, mix spice rub ingredients; reserve 1 tablespoon spice rub for sauce. Rub remaining spice rub on all sides of chicken.
  2. Grill chicken, uncovered, over medium heat 20 minutes, skin side down. Meanwhile, combine all sauce ingredients; stir in reserved spice rub. Turn chicken; grill 20-30 minutes longer or until juices run clear, basting frequently with sauce. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Barbecued Chicken in Taste of Home June/July 1993, p27

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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cruisingail User ID: 1553892 253940
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2016

"Very moist and great BBQ sauce

It can be prepared in the oven by baking with alittle sauce and then adding remainder of sauce by broiLing it til crispy!!"

rebelwithoutaclue User ID: 4288906 253489
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2016

"This is a good rub for chicken. I cut way back on the salt because I always brine my chicken/turkey before grilling. I used my own sauce because it took me 25 yrs to get it just right. lol I might suggest putting a small handful of Applewood chips in your portable smoker box to add just a hint of smoky flavor. If you do you will need to grill with the grill cover on and the vents wide open."

devotion101 User ID: 1286982 253478
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2016

"I don't have a grill, but this sounds delicious. Has anyone ever made this in the oven, and if so, how did you prepare it?"

[email protected] User ID: 6824185 231980
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2015

"Pretty good, nice blend of spices and BBQ sauce. I will make it again. :-)"

gucci65 User ID: 7131119 198290
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2014

"I used to make chicken like this when I was younger. Omitted the liquid smoke. It was wonderful !"

cwbuff2 User ID: 5946195 757
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"An added advantage of this BBQ sauce is that you don't have to marinate the chicken ahead of time. When in a rush or if you decide to grill at the last minute, that's a plus."

mmejolie User ID: 4081950 303
Reviewed May. 30, 2013

"I accidentally left out the brown sugar and it was STILL delicious! Can't wait to try it with!"

fredaevans User ID: 6360805 267
Reviewed May. 23, 2013

"This is also very good done in a Dutch Oven"

ayost User ID: 3175480 518
Reviewed May. 27, 2010

"Very good and easy"

Softview1 User ID: 2520406 259
Reviewed May. 4, 2010

"very good!"

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