Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast on a wooden cutting board

Grilled BBQ Chicken

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ Chicken, Grilled BBQ Chicken, Grilled Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 483 kcal
Author Jennie Duncan


  • 4 large chicken breast (skinless and boneless)
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce


  1. Heat grill to medium/high heat. Once heated lower temperature to a low or medium-low to cook.

  2. Place chicken in a large baggy with oil and massage into chicken. Add in paprika, garlic powder, and salt.

  3. Place chicken on the grill and cook for 20 minutes before flipping. Flip your chicken and allow 10 minutes then flip again repeating until your chicken is cooked through. 

  4. Once chicken is fully cooked remove it from the grill and brush with bbq sauce.

  5. Allow to rest for 3-5 minutes then serve.

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Recipe Notes

Tip: The size of your chicken will really determine your cooking time. For a smaller chicken breast, you would need less cooking time. 

Tip: At this time you can place your chicken back on the grill for 2-3 more minutes or serve right away. You don't want to let chicken with BBQ sauce cook too long since bbq sauce is heavily sugar based and will burn quickly.

What temperature to grill:

Preheat at high and then reduce to medium/low for cooking. Cooking low means a juicy chicken breast. This could take an hour or longer for large breast or 30 minutes for a small chicken breast. Make sure to use a meat thermometer to make sure your chicken is at a safe temperature before serving.

Can I use frozen chicken breast?

For this recipe, I would suggest using fresh or thawed chicken. Using frozen can change your cooking time and cause uneven cooking through your chicken.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled BBQ Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 chicken breast)
Calories 483 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 1289mg54%
Potassium 1071mg31%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 1520IU30%
Vitamin C 3.1mg4%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.