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Grilled Barbecued Chicken


  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

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


Average Rating: 5
  • 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.

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  • 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 27, 2014

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

  • swagner
    Jun 9, 2012

    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.

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