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Best Barbecued Chicken Recipes

best barbecued chicken recipes

Throwing a barbecue this weekend? Get the napkins ready. Our barbecue chicken recipes include the classic American sauces you’d expect (with plenty of vinegar and brown sugar), plus some global twists to expand your barbecue horizons.

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Buttermilk Brined Chicken Breasts

This just could become your new go-to barbecue chicken recipe. Because the chicken stays in the buttermilk brine overnight, you end up with one of the moistest, most tender chicken breasts you've ever cooked on the grill.

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Smoked Chicken Halves with Lemon-Ginger Barbecue Sauce

This chicken gets its rich complexity from wood smoke and layers of flavors: a spice rub, a mustardy mop sauce, and a zesty-sweet barbecue sauce that’s seared onto the meat for a gorgeous lacquered finish.

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Grill-Roasted Honey Barbecued Chicken

This whole grill-roasted chicken is rubbed with an intense spice paste and then basted with a tangy honey glaze on the grill for a double dose of flavor. It's easy to double for a summer BBQ.

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Korean Barbecued Chicken (Dak Gogi)

In traditional Korean barbecue fashion, these chicken thighs are doused in a spicy-sweet soy-sesame-chile marinade, then grilled and wrapped up in lettuce leaves to eat.

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Barbecued Chicken Legs

This foolproof recipe uses all the secrets to getting perfect barbecued chicken: the legs are dark-meat cuts, they're cooked slowly over indirect heat, and the sauce is added at the end of cooking just to glaze the chicken.

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Alabama-Style Smoke-Roasted Chicken Legs

Mayonnaise is the not-so-secret ingredient in this recipe, which has roots in northern Alabama, a place with a long, proud tradition of excellent barbecue.

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Five-Spice Grilled Chicken with Hoisin-Maple Glaze

Chinese cooks have used five-spice powder and hoisin to flavor barbecued meat for centuries, and they’re really onto something: it gives this chicken a sweet, spicy, haunting flavor.

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Clinched-and-Planked Chicken Legs

Adam Perry Lang swears by his clinch-and-plank technique, which ensures the dark-meat whole chicken legs are fully cooked—even close to the bone.

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Maple & Chipotle Broiler-Barbecued Chicken Thighs

Rained out? Go to Plan B. This recipe uses a smoky spice rub and a sweet-hot barbecue sauce to mimic the flavor of barbecued chicken with your oven broiler.

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30-Minute Barbecued Chicken

Classic and simple, this quick barbecue is easy fare for informal outdoor gatherings. You can even make the rub and the sauce up to a day in advance.

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