Let’s be honest: grilled chicken breast may not seem like the most exciting meat out there, but it’s affordable, crowd-pleasing and a snap to cook. So why not skip the burgers at your next barbecue and try this super-easy recipe instead? You won’t want to sleep on the sauce, which is a classic BBQ jazzed up with honey and lime. It’s so flavorful, the chicken really doesn’t need a marinade—which means you get to eat it way sooner.
How long should I heat up the grill?
When grilling, you want to get those grates ripping hot before starting to cook. To get gorgeous grill marks and avoid dried out food, preheat your grill (gas or charcoal) for 10 to 15 minutes.
How long does chicken take to cook?
It depends. For boneless skinless chicken breasts, you’re looking at 8 to 10 minutes per side. For drumsticks, it’ll be 10 to 15 minutes per side.
What temperature does the chicken need to be before I pull it from the grill?
According to USDA regulations, chicken must be cooked to an internal temperature of 165ºF. Insert a thermometer at the thickest part of the meat to get an accurate reading (and if you’re grilling bone-in chicken, don’t hit the bones when taking the temperature).
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YIELDS: 4 SERVINGS PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 5 MINS TOTAL TIME: 0 HOURS 30 MINS
2 c. barbecue sauce
Juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. hot sauce
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts (or drumsticks)
Vegetable oil, for grill
In a large bowl, whisk together barbecue sauce, lime juice, honey, and hot sauce and season with salt and pepper. Set aside 1/2 cup for basting.
Add chicken to bowl and toss until coated.
Heat grill to high. Oil grates and grill chicken, basting with reserved marinade, until charred, 8 minutes per side for breasts, and 10 to 12 minutes per side for drumsticks.