Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken – CRAZY good!! Chicken marinated in an easy dry rub and grilled. Ready for the grill in 30 minutes! Brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, seasoned salt and chicken. We LOVE this chicken! SO much flavor!!! Great in wraps and on top of a salad too!! One of our favorite chicken recipes.

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Easy Dry Rub Chicken Recipe

Sweet & Spicy is one of my favorite flavor combinations!! While I called this recipe Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken it isn’t’ really spicy per-say. It is more flavorful than spicy. The “spicy” comes from chili powder. I don’t think regular chili powder is super spicy, but it does have a nice little bump of spice. If you are worried about the heat, you can certainly reduce the chili powder.

How to Cook Chicken on the Grill

This chicken is super easy to make. Start with placing the chicken breasts in a ziplock bag and gently pounding them to an even thickness. Next combine the rub ingredients – brown sugar, chili powder, seasoned salt, and garlic powder. Add the brown sugar mixture to the ziplock bag and toss to coat the chicken.

We let this Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken marinate in the dry rub overnight. Our philosophy is the longer the better. I like to prep the chicken before I go to bed and grill it the next day. That ensures maximum flavor!

You can use any cut of chicken you prefer – breasts, tenders, thighs, wings or drumsticks. Can use boneless or bone-in chicken. Adjust the cooking time to ensure an internal temperature of 165ºF.

How to Grill Chicken without a Grill

To cook chicken breasts without a grill, pan sear chicken for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place chicken on a rimmed baking sheet. Cook at 400ºF for 10 minutes, until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.

What to Serve with Sweet & Spicy Grilled Chicken

This Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken was a huge hit in our house. It had tons of great flavor and was super easy to make. We always grill extra chicken to have leftovers to eat for lunch during the week. We love to serve this with green beans, potato casserole, and rolls. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this easy grilled chicken:

chicken cooking on the grill

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken – CRAZY good!! Chicken marinated in an easy dry rub and grilled. Ready for the grill in 30 minutes! Brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, seasoned salt and chicken. We LOVE this chicken! SO much flavor!!! Great in wraps and on top of a salad too!! One of our favorite chicken recipes.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Instructions:

  • Combine brown sugar, chili powder, seasoned salt and garlic powder.
  • Place chicken in a gallon ziplock bag and add brown sugar mix.
  • Seal bag and rub brown sugar mixture into chicken. Refrigerate 30 minutes to overnight.
  • Remove chicken from ziplock bag and grill until done, approximately 6 minutes per side.

Notes:

Can use any cut of chicken you prefer – breasts, tenders, thighs, wings or drumsticks.
Can use boneless or bone-in chicken. Adjust the cooking time to ensure an internal temperature of 165ºF.
To cook chicken breasts without a grill, pan sear chicken for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place chicken on a rimmed baking sheet. Cook at 400ºF for 10 minutes, until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.

Steph

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    1. Pan sear the chicken breasts 3 or 4 minutes on each side. Place it on a baking sheet and bake at 400ºF for 10 minutes.

    1. The most accurate way to check if the chicken is done is to use a meat thermometer and cook the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.

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