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How To BBQ Chicken & The Best Barbecue Chicken Recipe

Updated on March 20, 2011

"How To Barbecue Chicken?" One Of The Most Often Asked Questions

Chicken is one of the most popular foods to put on the grill. However, many people don't really understand how to barbecue chicken properly. While you can grill any cut of chicken, a boneless breast will cook the most evenly, as the bone itself will absorb heat, but beware that this efficient heat transfer can dry out the inside of the chicken. Regardless, boneless or bone-in, chicken is the healthier choice for barbecuing. For an even healthier choice, choose skinless chicken. So, the question remains "How to barbecue chicken"? Well, there have been countless books written about how to barbecue chicken, but if you follow these few but important main points, you can't go wrong.

Basting with marinade during grilling adds tons flavor!
Basting with marinade during grilling adds tons flavor!

Barbecuing Chicken Does Not Need To Be Difficult

You can barbecue chicken on any type of barbecue, but using a charcoal grill can add a smoky flavor to the meat, reminiscent of cooking it over a campfire. If you prefer easy clean-up, go with a gas or propane grill.

Flavoring your meat with a barbecue chicken marinade will result in a juicier final product. Chicken can be marinated anywhere from 1 hour to 24 hours ahead of time. The longer it marinades, the more flavorful the meat will be once you take it off the grill. Try to avoid marinades with a lot of salt as they will draw the moisture of the chicken and dry out the meat.

Using prepared dressings as a marinade works great for chicken. Try a spicy Italian or Greek dressing for lots of flavor. If you choose to use BBQ or teriyaki sauce, the high sugar content makes it more susceptible to burning so apply them just before you take your chicken off the barbecue.

This mouth watering chicken is best served with a salad made of fresh, local produce!
This mouth watering chicken is best served with a salad made of fresh, local produce!

Barbecue Chicken With A Delicious Marinade

Here is one of my favorite chicken marinade recipes:

2/3 cup light soy sauce
2/3 cup orange juice
1/4 scallions, minced
3 tablespoons honey
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground ginger or
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

Mix all ingredients together and set aside 1/4 cup of the marinade for basting. In an airtight bag place 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts and add the marinade. Seal and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours. When ready to grill, drain the chicken breasts and cook over indirect heat to an internal temperature of 170 ┬░. A couple of minutes before you remove the chicken from the grill brush it with the reserve marinade. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

With so many prepared marinades to choose from, you're sure to find one you like!
With so many prepared marinades to choose from, you're sure to find one you like!

The Best Way To Barbecue Chicken Is With Indirect Heat!

The best way to cook chicken on a barbecue is to use indirect heat. This allows the inside of the meat to cook completely before the outside ends up burnt. Once the inside is cooked, you can place the meat over high heat to give a quick sear.

Barbecued chicken is a tasty meal that is perfect for a warm summer's eve; however, it's important to use a meat thermometer in the thickest area to determine if your chicken is cooked correctly. Cutting into the meat to check doneness will allow all the tasty juices to escape, leaving you with a dry piece of bird. It is also important to keep sanitation in mind when dealing with poultry. Always clean preparation surfaces and utensils used with raw chicken to prevent the spread of salmonella.

The Classic Way to Grill Chicken!

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