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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
What are your tips for saving time, money and energy with your grill? I’d love to hear what works for you and your family!
Check out some other great chicken recipes you can make this summer!
- 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