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5 from 22 votes

Grilled BBQ Chicken Breasts

This Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast recipe is easy, delicious, and foolproof. It serves 6 and costs about $6.86 to make. That’s just $1.15 per serving!
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, grilling
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 274kcal
Cost: $7.34


  • 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.


  • 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.


Serving: 1breast | Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 5665mg | Potassium: 556mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg