BBQ & Grilled Whole Chicken Recipes

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Drunk Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 46
Cooking a chicken on a beer can.

Grilled Lemon Yogurt Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 216
There is something special about what yogurt does to chicken in its smoky, sizzling time over charcoal. It imparts a tangy flavor that lifts all the other flavorings. It tenderizes slightly, without turning the meat into mush. It grills to a caramelized dark brown without tasting burnt.

Barbequed Thai Style Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 79
Rich, exciting flavors make this grilled chicken an exotic favorite. Arrange cooked chicken pieces on a serving platter lined with salad greens or a banana leaf. Garnish with cilantro (coriander) sprigs and serve with salad or steamed rice.

Indian Tandoori Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 320
This is an authentic recipe for Tandoori chicken. Serve with long grain Basmati rice, cucumber salad, grilled veggies, roasted corn on the cob and finish off the meal with Kulfi (Indian ice cream).

Grilled Chicken Under a Brick

Rating: 5 stars 1
This is a very basic recipe for chicken on a brick. Feel free to brine the chicken beforehand or season it with extra herbs or spices.

Cranberry BBQ Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 224
A very pretty chicken; you can use a whole chicken cut up, or pieces. I generally use Country Legs (thigh & drumstick) as that is the cheapest chicken available.
By Deirdre Dee

Chef John's Barbecue Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 155
When it comes to barbecued chicken, everyone wants that nice thick glaze of sauce attached to the skin, and the only way to do it, is brush it on as it cooks. Therein lies the problem. Because of the sugar content, it only takes a minute for a barbecue sauce to go from brick-red to solid black. I just 'mark' the chicken's vulnerable skin side, then cook it all the way through in a closed grill, brushing on the glaze as it cooks.

Cornell Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 72
This famous grilled chicken recipe was created by Dr. Robert C. Baker at New York's Cornell University. They say Dr. Baker was simply trying to invent an easy and delicious way to grill smaller, younger chickens, so that the local chicken farms could sell more birds. The doc's tasty recipe ended up being such a success that sales in the area soared, and the recipe became a statewide favorite.

Smoked Herb Chicken

Rating: 4 stars 10
This is a great recipe for smoked chicken. I use chunks of hickory in my grill to impart a smoky flavor to the meat.

Elfie's Ranch Beer Butt Chicken

Rating: 4 stars 3
Beer can recipe using ranch dressing as a basting sauce. Really moist chicken. Drink half the can of beer and use the remainder for the recipe. It's summer, enjoy! You might even have time for another beer.

Tipsy Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 28
This recipe is a completely redesigned recipe from Beer Can Chicken, sometimes called Drunken Chicken. Beer Can Chicken is used with whole chicken and the beer adds a wonderful flavour, but not a beer flavour. It's hard to describe, but beer seems to enhance the flavor of the spices, and help the other spices permeate deep into the chicken. The alcohol is cooked out, so no worries about intoxication. The problem with Beer Can Chicken is that you can't use it with chicken pieces, only whole chicken; this recipe can be used for chicken pieces. Works well broiled or baked too!

Miso Honey Chicken

Rating: 5 stars 15
It's not hard to make a great marinade with just a few ingredients, as long as one of those ingredients is the magical miso. This super savory paste, made from fermented rice, barley, and soybeans, isn't that hard to find. While the marinade is simple, the flavors are anything but.

Inspiration and Ideas

Italian Chicken Marinade
Rating: Unrated 276
"Delicious. I took a whole chicken, cut it in half, and marinated it for 6 hours before grilling." – chefsully
Beer Butt Chicken
Rating: Unrated 943
"This was a hit at our last barbeque. We did three of them, and our company said it was the best chicken ever! " – murphy47
Rotisserie Chicken
Rating: 4.5 stars 301

Crispy, juicy rotisserie chicken cooked on a gas grill that's easy to make.