Best Ever Grilled Chicken Recipes

This is without a doubt one of the best ever grilled chicken recipes. It’s a very savory recipe for whole cutup grilled chicken that will soon be a part of your everyday menu.

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Cut up a whole chicken or take advantage of a “party pack” when they are on special.

Any way you choose your chicken, with this recipe it will turn out moist and tender.

Marinate it for as long as you can – overnight is best – in a mixture of mustard, brown sugar, orange zest and soy sauce.

The herbal note of fresh rosemary is wafted over the chicken as it grills, and a touch of liquid smoke gives it a rustic, country essence.

One of The Best Ever Grilled Chicken Recipes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

Chicken grilled with rosemary for a unique, delicious flavor! 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
  • 1 whole chicken about 4 pounds, cut into pieces
  • 2 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 package .7 ounce Italian-style dry seasoning mix
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 6 sprigs fresh rosemary
  1. Season the chicken with kosher salt and black pepper.
  2. Whisk together the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, honey, sesame oil and mustard.
  3. Combine in a separate dish the Italian-style seasoning mix, paprika, ginger and oregano. Stir in the orange zest and liquid smoke.
  4. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the chicken pieces, turning them and pressing them in to the spices and orange zest.
  5. Put the chicken pieces in a baking dish or container. Pour the liquids over the chicken, turning them once to coat both sides. Cover the container and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Light a charcoal barbeque or heat a gas grill for medium heat. Lightly oil the grate.
  7. Shake the chicken pieces to remove excess marinade. Grill the pieces, skin side down for 15 to 20 minutes per side.
  8. Lay pieces of the fresh rosemary on the coals to smoke-infuse the chicken as it grills.
  9. The chicken is done when it reaches 180F and the juices run clear.

Good To Know – If you prefer your chicken skinless, go ahead and remove it or buy skinless chicken pieces.

The long marinating time will tenderize the flesh and it will cook quicker, so it will spend less time on the grill.

The chicken can also be baked in a 375F oven for about 1 1/2 hours for a whole chicken, less time for pieces. Try to use pieces of chicken still on the bone, as this will keep it from drying out too rapidly.

Food For Thought – Rosemary isn’t the only herb you can smoke over hot coals.

Fresh thyme, marjoram and sage all come on sturdy stems and would work well.

If you don’t have enough of one kind of herb, make a bundle of several different ones and hold them together with a twist tie from the market.

Give this grilled chicken recipe a try and see if you don’t agree that it’s one of the best ever grilled chicken recipes!

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