Smoky Grilled Chicken

Total Time

Prep: 5 min. Grill: 45 min.


4 servings

Updated: Oct. 23, 2022
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
Smoky Grilled Chicken Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  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. Grill chicken, covered, on an oiled rack 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.

Nutrition Facts

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

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