Charcoal Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast Recipe

This Charcoal Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast Recipe post was sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities as part of their Project Envolve Ambassador program. All opinions expressed in my post are my own.

This recipe for Charcoal Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast Recipe turned out better than I expected! It was delicious and juicy! It’s easy to ruin a good chicken recipe by overcooking it.  When chicken is cooked to perfection the internal temperature will be 165 degrees. Use an instant read thermometer for the perfect Grilled BBQ Chicken.

Charcoal Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast Recipe

Not only did this recipe taste delicious, it can also save you time and money. Let’s break out the charcoal grill (sales link) and get started!

My husband is an advocate for charcoal grilling. Not only does the food taste better, charcoal, lump charcoal to be exact is eco-friendly. We don’t use any lighter fluids or chemically treated charcoal in our grill.

Did you know using a charcoal grill actually saves you time, money and energy?

According to energy.gov, the average U.S. household spends $875 or more a year on heating and cooling. My family works hard to keep those costs down so we can spend the savings on fun adventures!

When you heat up the grill, fill it up! I was making three pounds of chicken for a large family meal, but I cooked seven more pounds all at the same time to freeze for future meals. That not only saved me time, but will also cut back on energy costs.

Charcoal Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast Recipe

Grilling doesn’t heat up the house, helping saving money on cooling costs.

When you grill you can make your whole meal in one place. Cook the meat, veggies and desserts at one time. That means less clean-up, again saving you time and cutting down on energy costs.

While the grill is still hot, we also make s’mores. We’re spending family time outside, enjoying ourselves, so the A/C and the fans are turned off inside.

When your done grilling, clean the grill immediately while it’s still warm.

Close the lids and vents and you just may be able to use the some or all of the charcoal next time your grill.

Make sure you to visit Project Envolve  for more energy saving tips to beat the summer heat!

Charcoal Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast Recipe

Charcoal Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast Recipe

The recipe makes enough sauce for 3 lbs of chicken breast. You can adjust the recipe accordingly if you want to make more or less chicken.

When we use the grill, I fill it up, so the heat doesn’t go to waste.

Start with three lbs of boneless skinless chicken breast, pounded flat. I don’t pound my to hard. Their still rather thick. It’s all about your preference.

Add the pounded chicken breasts to a 3 quart bowl or one gallon freezer bag and fill with water.

Add 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 2 Tablespoons of Kosher salt. Refrigerate for at least two hours to allow the meat to brine. I sometimes let mine sit overnight.

Charcoal Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast Recipe

In the meantime, make your BBQ sauce so all of the flavors have time to combine.

Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast Recipe Sauce

2 cups BBQ Sauce

1/4 cup brown sugar

3 cloves minced garlic

Juice of 3 limes

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Mix well and refrigerate for at least two hours to allow flavors to blend.

When your are ready to start cooking, fire up your charcoal grill. We use a chimney starter.

Discard brine liquid and place chicken breasts on hot grill.

Cover generously with BBQ sauce.

Allow to cook about 6 minutes, turn over and cover with more BBQ sauce.

Charcoal Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast Recipe

 

Can you smell the Charcoal Grilled Chicken Breast?

Start checking the temperatures of your chicken breast at the thickest part after six to nine minutes of cooking. An Instant Read Thermometer (sales link) is perfect for accuracy and efficiency. Ours didn’t heat up fast, because the brine froze on the top shelf of the refrigerator. Lesson learned!

Cooking times will vary depending on the thickness of your breasts and the efficiency of your grill. Remember you only need to cook the chicken to 165 degrees for juicy perfection!

Charcoal Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast Recipe

What are you tips for saving time, money and energy with your grill? I’d love to hear what works for you and your family!

PPL Electric Utilities offers tools, tips and energy efficiency programs to help customers save. Visit pplelectric.com/savings for more information.

A few of my fellow Project Envolve friends have some other great ways to help you beat the summer heat. Everything from solar power to energy efficient appliances helps you cut back on your energy use. Check out all of their great ideas, too!

Check out some other great chicken recipes you can make this summer!

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Sauce Charcoal Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast Recipe
 
The recipe makes enough sauce for 3 lbs of chicken breast. You can adjust the recipe accordingly if you want to make more or less chicken. When we use the grill, I fill it up, so the heat doesn't go to waste.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups BBQ Sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Mix well and refrigerate for at least two hours to allow flavors to blend.
  2. When your are ready to start cooking, fire up your charcoal grill. We use a chimney starter.
  3. Discard brine liquid and place chicken breasts on hot grill.
  4. Cover generously with BBQ sauce.
  5. Allow to cook about 6 minutes, turn over and cover with more BBQ

Michele Brosius

Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!

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