Photo: Caitlin Bensel; Styling: Claire Spollen
Active Time
22 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 8 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 breast half)

This chicken is wonderfully moist, with a smoky sauce that will have you firing up the grill year-round.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare sauce, combine first 6 ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until thickened.

Step 2

To prepare chicken, combine garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl. Loosen skin from breast halves by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Rub the spice mixture evenly under loosened skin; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

Step 3

Preheat grill to medium-high heat, lighting only one side of the grill to enable both direct and indirect grilling.

Step 4

Coat grill rack with cooking spray; place chicken, skin side down, on lit side of grill (direct heat). Cover and grill 8 minutes on each side. Remove skin from chicken; discard skin. Baste chicken with sauce mixture. Move chicken to the unlit side of the grill (indirect heat). Cover and grill an additional 5 minutes on each side or until done, basting every minute. Serve with remaining sauce.

Ratings & Reviews

Ultimate Taste of Summer!

July 24, 2016
I have been a sucker for BBQ chicken ever since my mom used to make it with bottled Heinz 57 BBQ sauce grilled over charcoal briquettes on our old Weber. That was truly a taste of summer. I made this for my 12-year-old and me - so perfect. Calls for bone-in breasts for extra flavor, you make your own spice rub and sauce and grill on both direct and indirect heat. Removed the skin on mine to save calories, but my daughter enjoyed hers! It was a little spicy for her with the chipotles, but I thought it was indeed the "ultimate BBQ chicken." Make extra sauce to go alongside. And so much better than Heinz 57. Sorry mom!


October 21, 2016
Tasty sauce, not enough of it though.  A bit spicy with the chipotles.  Not sure I'd call it "ultimate" but I'd make this again, but double the sauce.  Traeger grill time was 15 minutes per side.