Kansas City BBQ Chicken

Grilled Kansas City BBQ Chicken – THE BEST BBQ Chicken! Season chicken breasts with an easy dry rub and refrigerate until ready to cook. Brush with your favorite BBQ sauce before removing from grill! Chicken, brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, salt and pepper. We make this chicken at least once a month. We LOVE this easy grilling recipe.

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BEST BBQ Chicken Recipe

This Kansas City BBQ Chicken is seriously the BEST! We ate this for lunch last week and couldn’t get enough of it. It is back on the menu again this coming weekend. Chicken seasoned with a homemade BBQ rub and basted in BBQ sauce. SO GOOD! I usually double the recipe so we can eat the leftovers during the week for lunch or dinner. The leftover chicken is great in a wrap, on top of a baked potato or salad.

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How to Make Grilled Kansas City BBQ Chicken

This BBQ Chicken is very easy to make. Start with seasoning the chicken with a homemade BBQ seasoning made with brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Let the chicken hang out in the seasoning for a couple of hours to overnight. Grill the chicken and baste it with your favorite BBQ sauce before pulling off the grill.

How to Grill Chicken without a Grill

Don’t have a grill? No problem! You can still make this yummy chicken. Pan sear the chicken on both sides for 3 or 4 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a baking dish and cook at 400ºF for 10 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF.

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What to Serve with Kansas City BBQ Chicken

This chicken has quickly become a family favorite. It is great for cookouts and picnics. As I said, leftovers are delicious in a wrap or on a baked potato or salad. We like to serve this grilled chicken with some potato salad, coleslaw, or baked beans. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this easy BBQ grilled chicken:

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Grilled Kansas City BBQ Chicken

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Grilled Kansas City BBQ Chicken – THE BEST BBQ Chicken! Season chicken breasts with an easy dry rub and refrigerate until ready to cook. Brush with your favorite BBQ sauce before removing from grill! Chicken, brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, salt and pepper. We make this chicken at least once a month. We LOVE this easy grilling recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 4 to 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • cup BBQ sauce

Instructions:

  • Mix together brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  • Place chicken in a ziplock bag. Add brown sugar mixture. Seal bag and shake to coat chicken breasts. Refrigerate 2 hours to overnight.
  • Remove chicken from bag and grill until it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF. Brush chicken with BBQ sauce on each side before removing from grill.

Notes:

Can use any cut of chicken you prefer – breasts, tenderloins, or thighs.
Can use bone-in chicken. You will need to adjust the cooking time. 
Cook chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.
I used Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce.

Steph

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  1. I see you list a cast iron grill pan under equipment…..do you use this pan or can you just place the meat directly on the grill?

    1. I usually cook it directly on the grill. I just listed the grill pan in case someone wants to cook it without a grill.

  2. This recipe looks yummy,I will make it tonight in my Ninja Foodi Grill. The appliance is one of the purchase I have ever made.

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