Recipe: Bourbon-Chile Barbecue Grilled Chicken

This year, we're kicking off grilling season with our recipe for the ultimate barbecue chicken. Chicken is marinated in a homemade bourbon- and Thai chile-laced barbecue sauce (see the recipe) before hitting a charcoal grill and getting glazed with more sauce. It's smoky and sticky, and has the perfect amount of heat.

When grilling chicken, you want a combination of direct and indirect heat. When searing the chicken, cook it over the hot area of the grill (where the majority of the coals are). Once crisp, move it to a cooler part of the grill (where there are few coals) to let the chicken finish cooking and ensure tender, juicy meat.

To learn more, read "All Up in Your Grill."

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Bourbon-Chile Barbecue Grilled Chicken
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Marinating and glazing the bird in homemade BBQ sauce is the key to this grilled chicken.
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to 6 servings
Total time: 30 minutes
  • One 3-to-4-pound chicken, broken down into 8 pieces
  • 1½ cups bourbon-chile barbecue sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. In a plastic bag, combine the chicken and ¾ cup of the barbecue sauce. Seal the bag closed and massage the barbecue sauce onto the chicken. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. The next day, light a grill. Remove the chicken and scrape off any barbecue sauce on the skin. Rub the chicken with the vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the chicken on the grill, skin-side down, and cook, flipping once, until charred, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Brush with the remaining barbecue sauce, then transfer to a cooler spot on the grill. Cook, covered, until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165º and the barbecue sauce has caramelized, 10 minutes more. Transfer to a platter and let rest 5 minutes, then serve.
Calories per Serving 554
Total Fat 32.2 g
Saturated Fat 8.1 g
Trans Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 134.9 mg
Total Carbohydrates 29.8 g
Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
Total Sugars 23.8 g
Sodium 860.5 mg
Protein 34.2 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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