Kentucky Grilled Chicken

Total Time

Prep: 5 min. + marinating Grill: 40 min.


10 servings

Updated: Sep. 13, 2023
This Kentucky grilled chicken is perfect for an outdoor summer meal, and my family thinks it's fantastic. It takes about an hour on the grill but is worth the wait. I use a new paintbrush to mop on the basting sauce. -Jill Evely, Wilmore, Kentucky
Kentucky Grilled Chicken Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 5 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 10 bone-in chicken breast halves (10 ounces each)


  1. In a bowl or shallow dish, combine the first 5 ingredients. Pour 1 cup marinade into a separate bowl; add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Cover and refrigerate the remaining marinade for basting.
  2. Drain and discard marinade from chicken. Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan.
  3. Place chicken breasts, bone side down, on oiled rack. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat until a thermometer reads 170°, about 20 minutes on each side, basting occasionally with reserved marinade.

Kentucky Grilled Chicken Tips

What other ingredients can you add to this Kentucky grilled chicken marinade?

So many, so get creative! Your favorite spice blends, a squeeze of fresh citrus, chopped fresh herbs or even sliced onion and bell pepper for added flavor.

What kind of grill do you use for grilled chicken?

It’s really your preference– a charcoal or gas grill works fine, just pay attention to doneness cues. If you’re limited on outdoor space, you can also try an electric countertop grill or a grill pan. Check out this ultimate grilling guide for the lowdown on all things grill.

How do you store grilled chicken leftovers?

Most leftovers last 3-4 days refrigerated in an airtight container. Remember, you can also freeze this recipe and pull it out to use in a pinch. Check out how long leftovers really keep in the fridge with this comprehensive guide.

Research contributed by Rashanda Cobbins, Taste of Home Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 chicken breast half: 284 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 113mg cholesterol, 406mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 41g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 6 lean meat, 2 fat.