3 pieces of grilled BBQ chicken on a white plate.
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The Secret for the Best Grilled BBQ Chicken

Find out the secret for how to make tender and juicy grilled BBQ chicken! No long brining steps, just a simple grilling method for perfect BBQ chicken.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq grilled chicken, best bbq grilled chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 190kcal
Author Longbourn Farm • Alli Kelley


  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce your favorite
  • 4 chicken breasts boneless, skinless


  • Preheat your grill by turning it on as high as it will go for a few minutes.
  • After it's heated, turn one side off and one side on medium low or low.
  • Clean the grates and lightly dip a paper towel in oil and brush the grate, holding the paper towel with tongs.
  • Using a pastry brush, brush one side of the chicken with a light layer of BBQ sauce and place that side down over the heated part of the grill.
  • Brush the top side with BBQ sauce.
  • Cook with the lid down until grill marks are just starting to appear, if your grill is the correct temperature this should take about 5 minutes.
  • Brush top with another light layer of BBQ sauce, flip and brush again.
  • Continue this process of brushing with BBQ sauce and flipping the chicken about every 5 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. This will take about 20 minutes.
  • When the internal temperature is 160 degrees, brush with a final layer of BBQ sauce and turn the grill off.
  • Let rest for 5 minutes with the lid down on the side of the grill where the heat was off originally. After 5 minutes, the internal temperature should register 165 degrees F.


Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 498mg | Potassium: 501mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.6mg