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Barbecued Buttermilk-Marinated Chicken


Serves 6

Slather this tender chicken with barbecue sauce before it comes off the grill for a quick take on slow-cooked barbecued chicken.

  • 2 cups well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • Olive oil, for grilling
  • 1/2 cup homemade or good-quality store-bought barbecue sauce

In a small bowl, whisk the buttermilk, cayenne, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper until combined.

Put the chicken in a bowl, dish, or large zip-top bag. Cover with the marinade, turning the chicken to coat if necessary, and let sit for 20 to 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare a medium-high (400°F to 475°F) gas or charcoal grill fire.

Shake the excess marinade off the chicken and pat dry. Lightly coat the chicken all over with oil and season lightly with salt.

Grill the chicken without moving it until grill marks form, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and grill for another 3 to 4 minutes. Brush the top side with barbecue sauce, flip, and brush more on the second side. Grill until just cooked through (160°F), another 2 to 4 minutes. Let rest for a few minutes before serving.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 260, Fat Calories (kcal): 130, Fat (g): 14, Saturated Fat (g): 2, Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 5, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6, Cholesterol (mg): 75, Sodium (mg): 240, Carbohydrates (g): 5, Fiber (g): 0, Sugar (g): 3, Protein (g): 27

Photo: Scott Phillips

Best barbecued chicken breasts ever! I've never been a fan of this piece of meat until now. This will be my go-to recipe. You can read my full review at Taking On Magazines:

Very good and very easy. For years my wife complained about grilled chicken breasts being too dry. She loved these. The 30 minute marinade makes all the difference and is the only way I will make barbecued boneless skinless chicken breasts again.

Best bbq chicken recipe ever! Followed recipe exactly and they were so juicy. I used Giada''s balsamic bbq sauce. Delicious!

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