This Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast recipe is easy, delicious, and foolproof.
It serves six and costs about $7.34 to make. That’s approximately $1.22 per serving!
If you tend to shy away from grilling chicken for fear of over or under-cooking it, fear no more. With our recipe, we give you step-by-step directions to guide you to delicious, flavorful, juicy BBQ Chicken Breasts made fresh on your grill.
This recipe for Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast is so simple. One of our 14-year-olds made this all on his own from start to finish! While eating it, he said it was the BEST grilled chicken he ever tasted (I think he was proud of making the recipe by himself)!
No one wants to eat dry chicken (even slathered in BBQ sauce). The secret to juicy chicken is in the chicken brine. It helps create tender grilled chicken breasts.
Throw on your flip-flops and heat up the grill. Once you taste this BBQ chicken, you’ll be grilling it all season long!
Ingredients & Estimated Cost:
- 6 cups water – $0.00
- ¼ cup salt – $0.12
- ¼ cup granulated sugar – $0.06
- 2 Tablespoons cornstarch – $0.06
- 6 (6-8 ounces) boneless skinless chicken breasts – $5.67
- ½ teaspoon salt – $0.01
- ½ teaspoon pepper – $0.04
- 1 ¼ cup barbecue sauce – $0.90
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- First, brine the chicken for up to one hour and preheat the grill for 15 minutes.
- Then, prep the chicken by rubbing salt and pepper over all sides of the chicken.
- Next, turn off all the burners except for the main burner and place chicken on the hottest part of the grill to cook for a couple of minutes.
- Turn chicken over and brush with BBQ sauce. Cook until browned on the second side.
- Then, turn the chicken over and move to the cooler side of the grill and brush with BBQ sauce to cook for another couple of minutes.
- Repeat the turning and brushing two more times and cook for 2 minutes on each side.
- Finally, flip one final time and brush with BBQ sauce and cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove from the grill and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Recipe Variations and Substitutions
Feel free to cover the chicken in any sauce. You can use honey mustard, a thick teriyaki, any variety of BBQ sauces, etc.
Serve: As with most recipes with dairy products in them, you shouldn’t leave this mac and cheese out for longer than 2 hours.
Store: Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Freeze: After grilling, cool the chicken to room temperature and place it in freezer-safe zipper bags. Freeze for up to 4 months this way.
The secret is in the brine. Place the chicken in brine for at least 30 minutes before grilling. Brining gives the chicken enough time to soak up enough moisture so that while you are cooking, the chicken does not dry out as a result of exposure to the high heat on the grill.
We all know that chewy chicken is not delicious. It is a classic sign of overcooked chicken. It may also be too dry and become chewy. Make sure you do not skip brining the chicken before you grill it. Also, keep an eye on how long you cook the chicken on each side.
It is imperative not to eat undercooked or raw chicken. Properly cooked chicken has an internal temperature of 160 degrees. If you do not have an instant-read thermometer, then cut into the chicken to ensure it is not pink in the middle. Our recipe takes approximately fifteen minutes to grill, however, each grill is different so the total cook time may vary slightly.
Get Kids Involved
- Ages 2-3: Let your kiddo help make the brine for the chicken. They can also help you measure the BBQ sauce into a bowl.
- Ages 4-5: Let them pat dry the chicken with paper towels. Also, they can rub salt and pepper over all sides of the chicken.
- Ages 6-8: Teach them about grilling safety as they help brush the chicken with BBQ sauce.
- Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
- Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe, unsupervised, while you do the happy dance in the corner!
We prefer to buy our chicken breasts in bulk from Costco. We find it more cost-effective to buy in bulk and then use the amount of chicken we need as we need it.
More Grill Recipes
- Grilled Peaches
- The Best Grilled Pork Chops
- Grilled Pork Kabobs on a Gas Grill
- Best Grilled Hamburgers
- Grilled Potatoes in Foil
- Foolproof Grilled Ribs
Grilled BBQ Chicken Breasts
- large mixing bowl
- grill toolset
- Liquid measuring cup
- measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- baking sheet
- meat thermometer
- 6 cups water
- ¼ cup salt
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
- 6 (6-8 ounces) boneless skinless chicken breasts thawed if previously frozen
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 ¼ cup barbecue sauce
- In a large bowl combine water, salt, sugar, and corn starch. Add chicken, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 30 minutes, but no longer than an hour.
- While the chicken brines, preheat the grill. Turn the gas grill on HIGH and close the lid. Preheat the grill for 15 minutes before putting the chicken on.
PREP THE CHICKEN:
- Remove chicken from the brine and pat dry with paper towels (discard the brine).
- In a small bowl combine the salt and pepper. Rub the salt and pepper over all sides of the chicken.
- Scrape and oil the grill grates. Turn off all of the burners except for the main burner, keep that one on medium-high.
- Place chicken on the hotter part of the grill and cook for 2-2 ½ minutes.
- Turn chicken over and brush with BBQ sauce. Cook until browned on the second side, about 2-2 ½ minutes.
- Turn the chicken over and move to the cooler side of the grill. Brush with BBQ sauce and cook for 2 more minutes.
- Repeat the turning and brushing 2 more times and cook for 2 minutes on each side.
- Flip 1 final time and brush with BBQ sauce. Cook for 1-3 minutes, or until the chicken registers 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer.
- Move chicken to a serving plate and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve.