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Grilled Barbecued Chicken Recipe
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Grilled Barbecued Chicken Recipe

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It's fun for me to have my family together so I can prepare their favorite foods, like this saucy barbecued chicken. The moist and plump pieces always bring enthusiastic compliments from our four grown children and three grandkids.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 bone-in chicken breast halves (4 to 5 pounds), skin removed


  1. In a bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients. Cover and refrigerate 1/3 cup for basting. Place the chicken in a large resealable plastic bag; add remaining marinade. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, turning occasionally.
  2. Drain and discard marinade from chicken. Grill chicken, covered, over indirect medium heat for 20 minutes. Turn; grill 15-25 minutes longer or until juices run clear, basting occasionally with reserved marinade. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Grilled Barbecued Chicken in Country Woman July/August 2004, p33

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"Really good! This is probably the only marinade I have ever made with melted butter. It was surprisingly a good addition. It seemed to help crisp up the skin, providing a nice texture."

Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014 Edited Feb. 27, 2014

"So good! Everyone loved it. Was just as good on steak. This will be my go-to marinade."

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2013

"Wow. We made this for a party and got rave reviews. Delicious!"

Reviewed Jun. 9, 2012

"Amazing recipe! I made this for a large family gathering, and everybody loved it. To save time, I coarsely chopped the onion and threw all of the marinade ingredients into the blender to make everything smooth."

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"I don't usually take the time to write a review after a recipe, but I had to come back to this one! I did the marinade all day and this was so moist and delicious. I did not take the time to cut up garlic and used powder instead...just as good. I think you could also use onion powder instead if you don't want the chunks in the marinade. Either way, this is delicious and we will most definitely make this again. I do suggest pounding the chicken first to make for extra moist meat.

I wonder if there is an equal substitute for the butter to make it less fattening?"

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