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Easy Grilled BBQ Chicken Recipe – Company Worthy!

Comments : 2 Posted in : Chicken on by : Karen Metz Tags: , , , ,

This recipe is easy, but it is not fast. You need to plan ahead for it, but believe me, it is worth it! The key is cooking the chicken low and slow. For years I would boil my chicken before grilling it, and it would either loose flavor or be to the point of falling off the bone and into the grill.  I tried grilling it raw, right on the grill, but it takes so long to get the chicken cooked on the inside and then it would be overcooked on the outside.  I usually do not have that much time to stand over a grill to watch the meat anyway. I needed to find a way that would allow a quicker cooking time on the day of cooking.

One day, I was preparing to make grilled bbq ribs. In the process of doing it, it occured to me that I could do chicken the same way! I thought I would give it a try and it worked beautifully!

This past Memorial Day weekend, we had company over for a cook out. A great time to see if this new method would work. My menu was Easy Grilled BBQ Chicken, sauteed zucchini, potato salad, corn on the cob and plenty of water melon! There were a total of 22 people, and I barbequed 34 chicken legs. They were delicious! I made my bbq sauce and baked my chicken legs the day before and put them in the refrigerator to save time the next day. I wanted to be able to enjoy my company and not be cooking the whole time. You can do this recipe the same day, just make sure you plan enough time for the prep work.

Prep Work

Either do your prep work the day before or allow at least 3 hours before grilling time. If you do it the day before and put the chicken in the refirgierator, you might want to take it out of the refrigerator an hour or two before time to grill so that the chicken can come to room temperature. I forgot to do this and when we went to grill them, we were a little worried that the chicken would still be cold near the bone.  It was fine, but I think letting it come to room temperature would help a lot.


Start by seasoning thawed chicken legs (or any part you want to cook) generously with salt and pepper.

On a cookie sheet, put down a piece of aluminum foil that is longer than the pan. Place seasoned chicken legs on the foil.



Take another sheet the same size as the first and place on top of chicken. Then fold up each side making a packet.

Place pan into a preheated 275 degree oven. Bake, undisturbed for 2 hours.  If you are doing prep a day ahead, after chicken cools down put it in the refrigerator. If you are grilling the same day, just let the chicken rest for 20 minutes in foil.

While chicken is baking, make your BBQ sauce.

BBQ Sauce Recipe

  • 4 Tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 medium onions – diced small
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 4 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 Tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

In a medium sauce pan, heat oil till hot. Add in onions and sautee till translucent. Then add garlic and stir for 30 seconds.

Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Cool and put into a large jar or container with lid and keep in refrigerator till ready to use.

This will coat approximately 18 chicken legs with a little left over to put on the table for those who want more sauce.

Easy Grilled BBQ Chicken Recipe – Directions

  • 18 chicken legs – seasoned and baked according to above directions
  • BBQ Sauce – Recipe found above.
  1. Take prepped chicken, and coat in prepared bbq sauce.
  2. Place on hot grill.
  3. Turn chicken and coat with sauce again till chicken is warm inside (especially if you have had chicken in refirgerator) and sauce is browned.


2 thoughts

  • June 6, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    This chicken sounds delicious!

    I love to BBQ especially now the warm days are coming. Also, as it so happens, I have a BBQ coming up and I might just try this.
    Bookmarking this post for future reference.

    Thank you for the recipe!

    Clear and concise directions!

    • Karen Metz
      June 8, 2019 at 2:58 pm

      Thank you for the comment! Please do come back. I’m taking pictures for it now and hopefully I will have them posted by this weekend. Guess what we are eating tonight? Lol

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