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Grilled BBQ  Chicken

Quick tip #1

For this recipe, you can use chicken tenderloins or boneless skinless chicken breasts.

Quick tip #2

If using chicken breasts, it’s important to pound them to an even 1/2-inch thickness before marinating. This both tenderizes the breasts and ensures they cook evenly.

Step by step Instructions


In a large bowl, combine the oil, garlic, salt, brown sugar, smoked paprika, cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper.

Whisk to combine


then add the chicken to the bowl and toss with tongs until evenly coated. Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours.

Grilling begins 


Preheat the grill to high and oil the grates. Grill the chicken, covered, for 2 to 3 minutes.

Flip the chicken


and then brush with some of the barbecue sauce. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes more.

Final step


Transfer the chicken to a serving platter and serve with remaining barbecue sauce alongside.

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