Great Tasting Barbecue Chicken Recipes

For great tasting, healthy eating these barbecue chicken recipes offer plenty of choices. You can have your chicken with or without bbq sauce, skin-on or skinless, or grill smoked. Then you can use the leftovers to create other dishes that nobody knows is made of secondhand chicken!

Chicken is also an economical way to eat, especially when buying whole birds. Barbecued chicken, cooked with low, indirect heat is great tasting with or without sauce. And if you're in a hurry, chicken breasts or other parts can be quickly grilled over direct heat.

Barbecuing Chicken Outdoors

Grilled whole chicken is a favorite. It can be barbecued laying right on the grate, skewered on a rotisserie, or standing upright on a beer can (my favorite). The secret to great tasting whole chicken is brining first, then seasoning with a dry rub before hitting the barbecue grill. A few fresh herbs stuffed inside can really make a difference, too.

Chicken thighs, breasts, wings and drumsticks also benefit greatly from brining and seasoning. A good chicken marinade does wonders for the flavor, too. If you're in a hurry, chicken breasts can be cooked in a short time on the grill.

It's important, though, not to overcook chicken breasts. The white meat can quickly become dry and tough if overcooked just a little. An instant read meat thermometer is a "gotta have" tool if you want to consistently barbecue perfect chicken breasts.

Barbecue Chicken Recipes

Here are some recipes I think you'll enjoy.

  • Grilled Cajun Chicken - Seasoned with an included recipe for my favorite homemade Cajun seasoning. Spicy goodness throughout!
  • Grilled Garlic Chicken - If you love garlic, you'll love this grilled chicken recipe. The secret to its excellent flavor is from putting some of the garlic flavor UNDER the skin...
  • Lemon Pepper Chicken - Lemon pepper goes well with chicken, and this recipe is the living proof. Give it a try... you'll like it!
  • Grilled Cilantro Chicken - Chicken is marinated in beer laced with cilantro, lime, onion, garlic and a special, flavorful seasoning mix. Grilled to perfection, these are awesome!
  • BBQ Chicken Thighs - The thighs are marinated in a mixture of A-1 sauce, green onions, parsley and other things before being grilled. Serve these with or without sauce.
  • Barbecue Chicken Recipe - Apple smoked chicken, cooked in your smoker or on your grill.
  • Grilled Chicken Yakitori - Boneless chicken thigh meat is marinated in a tasty sauce, skewered and then grilled to make an easy-to-eat snack or main course.
  • Grilled Beer Can Chicken - What would the world be without beer can chicken? You can't mess it up!
  • Southwestern Style Grilled Chicken Salad - A nice, light salad that's perfect eating in the heat of the summer. Healthy, too.
  • Grill Cooked Marinated Chicken Breasts - An easy chicken recipe with lots of flavor.
  • Barbecued Chicken Legs - Great for the kids, whether they're young or old. Make up a batch of these at the next family renunion.
  • Grilled Chicken Pasta - This is an excellent recipe for using up leftover chicken breasts. When that chicken's combined with fresh herbs, garlic, olive oil and pasta, you've got a great family meal.

And what barbecued chicken is complete without a good slatherin' of barbecue sauce on it. You can use your favorite store-bought sauce, or take a little time and make your own. One of these homemade barbecue sauce recipes served with your chicken will make it a feast fit to crow about.