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 withou: 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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Reviewed Aug. 29, 2015

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

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2014

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

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."

Reviewed May. 30, 2013

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

Reviewed May. 23, 2013

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

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