We ate the most delicious honey bbq grilled chicken the other week, and I’m so excited to finally be posting the recipe here on the blog. (It was so tasty I immediately posted it on Instagram on Facebook, but it’s taken me a bit longer to find the time to post it here on the website.) My husband recently returned from a business trip in Germany, and brought me back a few different types of bbq sauces (along with a cast iron pan and a few magnets to add to my collection;) and ever since, I have wanted to make honey bbq grilled chicken. He missed my 30th birthday while he was away, but I was able to have a fun day celebrating with my family by going to the Beloit Farmer’s Market and picking up some goodies like the raw honey I used in this recipe. The recipe is fairly simplistic; I just mixed apple cider vinegar, honey, bbq sauce and added a little bit of garlic powder, cayenne pepper with some salt and pepper for flavor. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I tend to gravitate towards cayenne pepper rather than cumin in most of my recipes. For some reason, I prefer the flavor, although, cumin could be a good substitution if you do not have cayenne pepper in your pantry.
Whisk together your marinade. I like to do this in a Pyrex pitcher so it makes it easier to pour over the meat. Reserve enough marinade to baste your chicken breasts, maybe about one-fourth of marinade.
Place your chicken breasts in a ziplock bag and pour in your marinade. Shake gently and ensure all chicken is covered in the marinade. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
Make sure to only marinate your chicken for 2 hours. I’ve noticed that if you over marinate chicken, it gets a funky texture. Fire up your grill to around 400-450°F and put heat deflector in place. Grill chicken on indirect heat for about 30-40 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F. I flip chicken and brush on reserved marinade when internal temperature is around 160°F.
Once the meat’s internal temperature is 165°F, or until it reaches your preferred temperature, remove from grill and let rest for a good 10-15 minutes.
This honey bbq grilled chicken is a real crowd pleaser! It looks good and tastes even better. When my 3 year old son ate this he said to me, “Mom, this chicken is the bomb.” (He must have heard me call food the bomb before, haha.) I plan on making this honey bbq the next time we have friends over.