Sweet and Spicy Italian BBQ Grilled Chicken

Sweet and Spicy Italian BBQ Grilled Chicken – only 4 ingredients in the marinade! BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, chili powder and red pepper flakes. Sweet and spicy! SO delicious! We make this once a week. Everyone cleans their plate. The chicken is so juicy and has TONS of flavor! We never have any leftovers.

Sweet and Spicy Italian BBQ Grilled Chicken - only 4 ingredients in the marinade! BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, chili powder and red pepper flakes. Sweet and spicy! SO delicious! We make this once a week. Everyone cleans their plate. The chicken is so juicy and has TONS of flavor! We never have any leftovers.

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This recipe is from a friend. She posted a picture of this chicken on her Instagram account. It looked AMAZING! I had to give it a try ASAP! Joy didn’t have measurements for the recipe, so I winged it based on what I thought we would enjoy.

O-M-G! SO good! There are only 4 ingredients in the marinade – Italian dressing, BBQ sauce, chili powder, and red pepper flakes. Like most of our chicken marinades, you can marinate this for as little as an hour or up to overnight. We almost always marinate our chicken overnight. It is just easier for me to prep for our meals at night.

This is one of the best grilled chicken recipes we’ve ever eaten. We loved the flavor. It is sweet and a little spicy. We make this almost every other week. We just love it. This Sweet and Spicy Italian BBQ Grilled Chicken is on our Memorial Day menu. I can’t wait! Thank you Joy!

Sweet and Spicy Italian BBQ Grilled Chicken - only 4 ingredients in the marinade! BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, chili powder and red pepper flakes. Sweet and spicy! SO delicious! We make this once a week. Everyone cleans their plate. The chicken is so juicy and has TONS of flavor! We never have any leftovers.
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Sweet and Spicy Italian BBQ Grilled Chicken

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Marinating 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Sweet and Spicy Italian BBQ Grilled Chicken – only 4 ingredients in the marinade! BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, chili powder and red pepper flakes. Sweet and spicy! SO delicious! We make this once a week. Everyone cleans their plate. The chicken is so juicy and has TONS of flavor! We never have any leftovers.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup BBQ Sauce
  • ¾ cup Italian dressing
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp dried red pepper flakes
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Instructions:

  • Whisk together BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, chili powder and red pepper flakes. Pour over chicken and refrigerate 1 hour to overnight.
  • Remove chicken from marinade and grill for 12 to 15 minutes, until no longer pink.

Notes:

  • You can use this marinade on any cut of chicken – chicken breasts, chicken tenders, chicken thighs, chicken wings, or chicken drumsticks/legs.
  • You can use boneless or bone-in chicken. Adjust the cooking time to ensure an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • 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.
  • You can marinate this for as little as an hour or up to overnight. We almost always marinate our chicken overnight. It is just easier for me to prep for our meals at night.
4 bottles of store-bought BBQ sauce
  • My favorite store-bought BBQ sauces are Sweet Baby Rays, Stubbs, G.Hughes, and Williamson Brothers. I buy them all at Walmart.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade BBQ sauce made with ketchup, apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, salt, pepper, and  cumin: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-bbq-sauce/
  • I don’t have a grill. Can I cook the chicken in the oven or skillet? Yes! To cook the chicken breasts inside, heat olive oil in a skillet. pan sear it for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 400ºF for 10 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • Can I freeze grilled chicken? Yes! Cook the chicken and cool completely. Place the chicken in a freezer bag and freeze. Thaw and reheat in the microwave.

Steph

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  1. Instead of the grill, I used my air fryer and air fry at 360 degrees for 18 minutes, turning the chicken after 10 minutes. Tasted just like it was off the grill.

  2. Could I also use Bone-in thighs. Gonna try this first with the breast, but love thighs also.

    Thanks, Jan

    1. Any cut of chicken will work. Just make sure to cook the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF

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