Smoky Grilled Chicken Recipe
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Smoky Grilled Chicken Recipe

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Instant coffee is the "secret" ingredient in this sweet and spicy sauce. Don't be surprised when folks tell you this is the best chicken they've ever had! —Kathy Whipple, Twin Falls, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Grill: 45 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Grill: 45 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 bottle (14 ounces) ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3-1/2 to 4 pounds), quartered

Nutritional Facts

14 ounce-weight: 516 calories, 25g fat (7g saturated fat), 153mg cholesterol, 744mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 50g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve sugar, mustard and coffee in hot water. Stir in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke if desired. Reserve 1 cup for basting; refrigerate remaining sauce.
  2. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack with oil. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat, for 30 minutes, turning and basting with sauce frequently. Grill, covered, 15 minutes longer, turning and basting occasionally or until juices run clear. Serve with reserved sauce. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Smoky Grilled Chicken in Country Chicken Cookbook 1995, p92

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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omaeileen User ID: 7057928 237380
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"Directions are a bit confusing. This makes a lot of sauce. My take on the directions is make the sauce to use some as a marinate and some to baste chicken while grilling. I filled a jar with more than half . The rest I marinated the chicken overnight. Excellent flavor. The sauce can be used on any meat you grill or BBQ!"

s_pants User ID: 174050 228904
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2015

"Loved this!"

jiljilsch User ID: 8294399 228528
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2015

"This was great! Definitely had a distinctive "smoky" taste! So good!"

christquest User ID: 6648138 40011
Reviewed May. 24, 2014

"Finger-lickin' good is not an overstatement! I caught my husband dipping his finger in the sauce and licking them. It's that good! Thank you for sharing!"

luigimon User ID: 1692040 40009
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2014

"This is the best chicken ever!! Friends and family love it, and it's so easy! The sauce is great, use it for other barbecue. This chicken will impress any guests!"

rebelwithoutaclue User ID: 4288906 39307
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2013

"gary0452......what is so confusing for you. Seems like a rather simple recipe to follow. Maybe it is just a rookie mistake?"

nosella User ID: 6395387 202000
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2013

"very tasty easy to make, maybe a bit ketchupy"

Durkheim User ID: 573684 39305
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2013

"Recipe is simple. You MOISTEN a paper towel with oil. You the pick up the paper towel with long handle tongs. You then wipe the oil coated paper towel on the grill to grease it. Once you start grilling the chicken on the oiled grill you BASTE the chicken with the BBQ sauce. I tried it for dinner and it was very good. Everyone liked the flavor."

gary0452 User ID: 7336315 19969
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2013

"sause or not to sause, marinade or not to marinade? Whats the paper towel for? never could grill a paper towel, they have a bad habit of bursting into flames!! instructions very confusing."

gary0452 User ID: 7336315 43464
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2013

"Yup, when do you grill and when do you sause, Do you marinade or not Marinade?

wHATS THE PAPER TOWEL FOR?? never was able to grill a paper towel they seem to burst into flames, Very poor instructions!!"

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