How to BBQ Chicken

How to BBQ Chicken Indoors

Learning how to make BBQ Chicken using an indoor electric grill or oven makes it quick and simple to prepare a delicious meal with that summer time outdoor grilled taste. You will love the crispy skin that comes from getting a nice sear on the grill using this easy to cook method.

Outdoor grilling gives food a unique taste that people love year round.  However, it’s not that convenient when it is cold outside or you are living in the city without a big enough outdoor space. That’s why it is important to learn how to make BBQ Chicken in different ways.

There are 2 popular ways people can make BBQ chicken at home; one is by grilling using an indoor electric grill and the other is baking.

With the right technique, it is possible to make delicious (and even crispy) BBQ chicken using your oven. The secret lies in the ingredients used to create the same taste, texture, and aroma that grilling can provide.

You can choose to use varieties of herbs, seasoning and BBQ sauce to make it rich, tasty and succulent.

Furthermore, baking allows you an easy way to prepare the chicken in advance of dinnertime and a cooking method that you do not need to actively monitor.  You can also get a great tasting piece of meat without worrying about smoking out your neighbors because of limited ventilation.

Making a rub for your Chicken

It is fairly easy to make a tasty rub with just a few ingredients.  You can add incredible depth of flavor by experimenting with different spices. One rub that is a nice go to mix for easy weeknight chicken is: 1 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp paprika, and 1/4 tsp onion powder.  Simply add these seasonings to a plate or small bowl and and mix well.  Then take your chicken and coat well until all parts and pieces are perfectly covered.  If you plan to bake the chicken, this rub will add a tremendous amount of flavor.

You can add some other fresh or dried herbs such as thyme, rosemary, oregano or parsley to give the chicken a fresh tasting twist.  You really cannot go wrong.  If you plan to use barbecue sauce to make it more juicy, tasty and succulent, keep the seasoning a little simpler.  The BBQ sauce will caramelize and will have so much flavor that the other seasonings might be overpowering.

If you are craving that authentic restaurant quality fried chicken that baking will just not satisfy, check out our article on how to fry a chicken.

BBQ Chicken using an indoor grill

Most people agree that grilling is the best way to get an authentic BBQ Chicken taste. The juiciness, aroma, and grill marks cannot be easily achieved when baking.

Place the chicken in a pan or a bowl and add a little salt and pepper.  Preheat the grill to medium high heat for about 10 minutes and then gently place your chicken on the hot surface.  Resist the urge to start immediately turning the chicken.  You want to let the chicken sit for at least 5 minutes before flipping it.  Then repeat on the other side so you get the incredibly tasty and visually appealing grill lines. Make sure if you have a ventilation fan in your kitchen that you turn it on as there will be smoke as the chicken sears.

At this point, depending on the thickness, your chicken will probably not be cooked all the way through.  Now is the time to start basting the chicken with your favorite BBQ sauce.  Add some sauce and spread it with a spoon or basting brush and then flip the chicken.  Repeat this step around 4 times (every 2-3 minutes or so) and your sauce will caramelize onto the chicken.  This will create a delicious “crust” on the chicken and the flipping will ensure your chicken is evenly cooked through. It adds more flavor, juice, and aroma to the chicken.  Just be careful not to let the sauce burn.

We used skinless boneless chicken breasts which typically take 20-25 minutes total, depending on the exact heat of the grill.  Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes on a plate and then serve.

Using a Gas Grill to BBQ Chicken

Preheat the grill for about 10 minutes and place the chicken down in the grill.

Most gas grills have a lid. Make sure to close it properly so that heat won’t get through and would cook your chicken faster and juicier.

Let the chicken cook for about 15 minutes and turn it over to the other side when the skin and meat start to turn brown and let it cook again for about 10 minutes.

Once cooked, you’d see the chicken skin starts to get crispy and meat is soft, tender and brown.

The secret to a flavorful and tasty BBQ chicken lies on the ingredients.

You can choose to make it simple and just season it with salt and pepper or make it more juicer and succulent by adding BBQ sauce.

You can even make it spicy by adding some herbs and spices to the mix.

BBQ Chicken on a Charcoal Grill cannot be beat

Preheat the grill for about 10 minutes and place the chicken direct to the heat.

Some charcoal grill does not come with lids so it takes much longer for them to cook but most have lids so it doesn’t really differ much compared to other grills.

Let the chicken cook for 10 to 15 minutes until the skin turns crispy and the color turns brown. Flip it over and cook the other side about 10 minutes and remove it off the grill.

Bone-in, Skin-on BBQ Chicken Breast

Chicken breast is much faster to grill compared to other parts. The breast part is lean and thinner compared to other parts of the chicken.

Season the chicken depending on your taste and preference.  However, it is best advised to at least season it with salt and pepper to make it tastier as it cooks.

Start by preheating the grill for 5 – 10 minutes and place the chicken breast on the area with most heat for faster cooking.

Let the chicken breast sit for 10 – 15 minutes and turn it over to cook the other side for the same amount of time.

Below is a short video of one of the best grilled chicken breast you can try:

The meat will turn golden brown once cooked.

How to Bake BBQ Chicken

Turn on the oven and preheat it to about 400 degrees F and prep your chicken.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste.

You can twist your recipe and flavor by adding some ingredients to the mix such as spices and herbs for aroma.

You can also use homemade barbecue sauce to make it tastier and juicier as it cooks.

Start by placing the seasoned chicken into the baking pan and putting it inside the oven for about 25 minutes.