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Grilled Barbecued Chicken

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. —Barbara Blickens Derfer, Edgewater, Florida
  • 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


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

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  • amsm
    May 31, 2018

    Easy to prepare and delicious! The chicken was juicy and tender. The marinade gives a wonderful flavor, but isn’t too much. I made this with boneless skinless chicken breasts and pork chops. Both meats were excellent.

  • Myshirley1
    Oct 6, 2017

    My Husband grilled this recipe last night and it was a hit! He is so picky, but he said I would do this again. Yes!

  • MarineMom_texas
    May 17, 2017

    I prepared this recipe tonight and it is delicious. I followed the recipe and used sriracha sauce for the hot pepper sauce. I only used one chicken breast for hubby and I to split so halved the ingredients. This chicken was so tender and moist and had the most delicious flavor. I highly recommend this recipe.Volunteer Field Editor

  • Mooster270
    May 6, 2015

    Loved it! Have made again and again

  • justmbeth
    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
    Feb 23, 2014

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

  • swagner
    Feb 2, 2013

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

  • swagner
    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
    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
    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.