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

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 476 calories, 26g fat (14g saturated fat), 190mg cholesterol, 1147mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 50g protein.


  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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Mooster270 User ID: 4319087 225960
Reviewed May. 6, 2015

"Loved it! Have made again and again"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 218284
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."

kriserickj User ID: 4672159 148926
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."

swagner User ID: 2202984 112916
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2013

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

swagner User ID: 2202984 86042
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."

kelly7183 User ID: 5355876 59572
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?"

BlessedOctober User ID: 5082026 59459
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"My two year old loved this! She normally doesn't eat much meat at all but wanted thirds of this great recipe."

Summy User ID: 1386846 120111
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2009

"Oh gosh, this was SOOOOO good! As a marinade it was good, but I highly recommend taking the sauce and simmering all ingredients until the onion is soft. Then, serve this sauce along side chicken, fish or meat. It was so totally YUM when my boyfriend and I had this tonight. We will definitely make it again. We put the extra pieces of chicken in the sauce to soak it up overnight. chicken salad here we come!! :)"

Kim Voisin User ID: 1359107 55593
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2008

"I've made this several times now. My family loves it!"

Aquarelle User ID: 985301 136294
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2008

"Great recipe! The chicken turned out moist and flavorful, even though I got sidetracked and left it on the grill for five minutes longer than I'd intended. The marinade was a bit too "chunky style" for my taste. Next time I make this I think I'll try tossing all of the marinade ingredients into the blender and hitting the "liquefy" button."

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