Grilled Orange BBQ Chicken

Grilled Orange BBQ Chicken – only 4 ingredients! SO good!! We actually made it twice in one week. Orange juice, brown sugar, BBQ sauce, and chicken. Can cook on the grill or inside in the skillet and oven. Such an easy gluten-free weeknight meal. Leftovers are great in a wrap or on top of a salad! Fire up the grill ASAP! You don’t want to miss this one!

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Easy 3-Ingredient Chicken Marinade

We are totally addicted to this yummy Orange BBQ Chicken. It only has 3 ingredients in the marinade and packs a TON of great flavor!! Chicken, orange juice, brown sugar, and BBQ sauce. We always double the recipe and eat the leftovers in a wrap or on top of a salad during the week. The chicken is just as good, if not better, the next day! Give it a try this weekend. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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How to Make Grilled Orange BBQ Chicken

This dish is effortless to make. Whisk together orange juice, brown sugar, and BBQ sauce. Pour over chicken and let it marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours. When ready to cook, remove the chicken from the marinade and grill until it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF. We like to brush the chicken with a little extra BBQ sauce right before we take it off the grill. YUM! It really bumps up the flavor.

  • You can use this marinade on any cut of chicken – breasts, tenders, thighs, wings, or drumsticks/legs.
  • You can use boneless or bone-in chicken. Adjust the cooking time to ensure an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • My favorite store-bought BBQ sauces are Sweet Baby Rays, Stubbs, G.Hughes, and Williamson Brothers. I buy them all at Walmart.
  • Use a gluten-free BBQ sauce for a gluten-free dish.
  • I suggest pounding the chicken breast to an even thickness. We put the chicken in a ziplock bag and use a flat meat mallet to carefully pound out the hump. This ensures that the chicken cooks evenly and you don’t have juicy chicken and half-dry chicken.
  • I don’t have a grill. Can I cook the chicken in the oven or skillet? Yes! To cook the chicken breasts inside, pan-sear it for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 400ºF for 10 minutes.
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What to Serve with BBQ Chicken

This chicken is a favorite at our house. We make this all the time! We usually serve the chicken with a potato casserole and green beans. It is also delicious with some baked beans and coleslaw. No matter what the side dishes are, I promise you are going to love this easy chicken!

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Grilled Orange BBQ Chicken

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Grilled Orange BBQ Chicken – only 4 ingredients! SO good!! We actually made it twice in one week. Orange juice, brown sugar, BBQ sauce, and chicken. Can cook on the grill or inside in the skillet and oven. Such an easy gluten-free weeknight meal. Leftovers are great in a wrap or on top of a salad! Fire up the grill ASAP! You don't want to miss this one!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 6 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 6 Tbsp BBQ sauce
  • 4 to 6 boneless skinless chicken

Instructions:

  • Whisk together orange juice, brown sugar and BBQ sauce.
  • Place chicken in a gallon ziplock bag. Pour marinade over chicken. Seal bag and refrigerate 2 to 4 hours.
  • Remove chicken from marinade. Grill until done, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Brush chicken on both sides with additional BBQ sauce before removing from grill, if desired.

Notes:

  • You can use this marinade on any cut of chicken – breasts, tenders, thighs, wings, or drumsticks/legs.
  • You can use boneless or bone-in chicken. Adjust the cooking time to ensure an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • My favorite store-bought BBQ sauces are Sweet Baby Rays, Stubbs, G.Hughes, and Williamson Brothers. I buy them all at Walmart.
  • Use a gluten-free BBQ sauce for a gluten-free dish.
  • I suggest pounding the chicken breast to an even thickness. We put the chicken in a ziplock bag and use a flat meat mallet to carefully pound out the hump. This ensures that the chicken cooks evenly and you don’t have juicy chicken and half-dry chicken.
  • I don’t have a grill. Can I cook the chicken in the oven or skillet?Yes! To cook the chicken breasts inside, pan-sear it for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 400ºF for 10 minutes.

Steph

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  1. Hogsome! While we don't eat a lot of chicken at our house (we raise pork and beef), these were a huge hit. I marinated boneless skinless chicken thighs and they were devoured by all 3 of my boys! Next, I'm going to try it with pork cutlets! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Yum! This looks awesome — love that it's just four ingredients. And awesome that it marinades and gets a fresh coat on the grill too!

    1. That was a typo – I used all the marinade on the chicken and brushed plain BBQ sauce on the tenders before taking them off the grill

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