This perfectly charred grilled BBQ chicken breast, fresh off the grill, glistening with sauce is sure to be the star of any cookout!

The post Grilled BBQ Chicken appeared first on Budget Bytes.

I’m no scientist, but I’m sure there must be data about the gravitational pull at cookouts that brings everyone to the hot plate of juicy BBQ chicken breasts, sizzling and saucy straight from the grill. My grilled BBQ chicken is always the first protein to disappear! I’ve compiled all the best tips and tricks for how to make BBQ Chicken the star of any Summer get together.

I’m trying to make your life easier with this super simple recipe, but I fear I’m making the grill master at your house put in overtime because, I promise you, this chicken is going to disappear immediately. Look for a value pack and scale this recipe up, because it’s summer and that means it’s grillin’ time!


Here’s what you’ll need to make grilled BBQ chicken:

  • Chicken Breasts: I like large boneless skinless chicken breasts for this recipe. They’re easy to divide in half and pound nice and thin for a tender bite. I grabbed a 2-pack that weighed in at 1.61 lbs. so there was plenty of chicken for everyone.
  • Olive Oil: Helps the spices stick to the chicken.
  • Salt and Pepper: Enhance the natural flavor of the chicken.
  • Smoked Paprika: Adds a delicious smoky flavor to the chicken.
  • Brown Sugar: Adds texture and ensures you’re going to get those grill marks that make everyone salivate. I find that the extra sugar also helps tenderize the meat.
  • BBQ Sauce: Adds moisture and tangy BBQ flavor!

Serving Suggestions

I like to serve this grilled BBQ chicken with extra BBQ sauce for dipping, some fresh okra, grilled cabbage, and a side of pasta salad!

Tips and Notes

  • I used a Ninja Indoor Smokeless grill for this recipe, so, as an option, if you use an indoor grill too, you can put the chicken breasts on the grill while it’s preheating. This way, the inside will get to a safe temperature quicker but the outside of the chicken won’t burn.
  • If I’m having a big get-together, sometimes I will slice the chicken breasts if they are massive when I put them out on the buffet line. It helps stretch my budget a little further and it’s easier for people to try a little bit of everything.

Storage Instructions

I recommend storing leftover grilled BBQ chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To freeze, wrap individual chicken breasts in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place them in a Ziplock bag to store for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating in the microwave or on the stovetop over medium-low heat.


Leave a Reply

Avatar placeholder

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *