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Smokey, Sweet, Spicy and tangy, this BBQ Chicken is mouthwatering! The Chipotle BBQ sauce is made form tasty! | #bbqchicken #bbqchickenrecipe #chipotlechicken |

Grilled BBQ Chicken with Chipotle BBQ Sauce

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 70 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Chicken, main, Grilled
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American


Smoky, spicy and tangy, this Grilled BBQ Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce is mouthwatering! The BBQ Sauce can be made from scratch -or use the quick cheater version in recipe notes!



  • 12 pieces skin-on, bone-in Chicken (skin on thighs and legs work best)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • One batch Homemade BBQ Sauce or use store-bought see notes


  1. Season chicken on all sides with salt and pepper (If possible, season a day in advance, and refrigerate overnight).
  2. Pre-heat Grill to Medium-High heat and grease, or prepare a coal grill, having the hot coals on one side, leaving one side free of coals. (You want a hot side and a cool side.)
  3. Mix 1 cup BBQ sauce with ¾ cup water. 
  4. Grill: Lay the chicken, skin side down on a hot grill turning as needed to give good sear on ALL SIDES, being careful not to burn, about 20 minutes.
  5. Lower the heat to low, or move pieces to a cooler spot on the grill, cover and let cook low and slow for 30-40 minutes, turning and basting with a thin layer of BBQ Sauce, until chicken is cooked through, 185F-200F. Baste again.
  6. Crisp the Skin: Turn the grill up to high and give the skin side one quick hot sear to crisp them up. Let rest a few minutes before serving.


STORE BOUGHT BBQ SAUCE:  Stir 2 cups of your favorite bottled BBQ sauce with a few tablespoons of the adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers (start conservatively and add more to taste) to add some smoky heat. Or add red chili paste. Sometimes a teaspoon of soy sauce helps to give it more depth if it needs it.


  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 529
  • Sugar: 23.4 g
  • Sodium: 499.8 mg
  • Fat: 30.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27 g
  • Fiber: 0.5 g
  • Protein: 33.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 175.6 mg

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