Juicy Grilled Chicken Breast

This is my sister's famous juicy BBQ chicken breast recipe. It was the most tender and juicy barbecued chicken breast I've tried.

This is my sister’s famous juicy BBQ chicken breast recipe. The marinade is simple with just 3 ingredients. She made this chicken recipe for a great big family gathering (I’m talkin’ ’bout 35+ people) and everyone was smitten. It was the most tender and juicy barbecued chicken breast I’ve tried.

I’m sharing all of my sister, Sveta’s, tips and tricks for her scrumptious grilled chicken. You know what’s awesome? Since it marinates overnight, all of your prep is done in advance! I love that I can just toss it on the grill (more like have my husband throw it on the grill) before my party starts; giving me time to focus on other details. 

This is the Juiciest Barbecued Chicken Breast (my sister's famous recipe and a family favorite!) @natashaskitchen

Ingredients for the Best BBQ Chicken:

3-4 lbs whole, boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup ranch
6-8 medium cloves of garlic, pressed
*Johnny’s seasoning (store-bought or make your own with recipe below)
1/2 cup your favorite BBQ sauce + more to serve

*You can make your own Johnny’s seasoning easily:

1 ½ Tbsp sea salt
1 Tbsp paprika
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp garlic powder

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How to Make the best BBQ Chicken breast:

1. Rinse chicken in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.

2. In a casserole dish (no need to get extra dishes dirty), combine 1/2 cup mayo, 1/2 cup ranch and press in 6-8 garlic cloves.

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3. Add chicken and turn several times to coat generously in the marinade.

4. Season each individual side of the marinated chicken breasts with Johnny’s seasoning. Cover the casserole dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight to marinate. Marinate 10 hours or up to 24 hours.

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5. Preheat your grill to 400˚F. Brush the grates with oil. Place chicken on the grill then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook approximately 10 minutes per side (rotating the chicken 90˚ after 5 minutes to create criss-cross grill marks). When you turn your chicken over, generously brush the grilled side of the chicken with BBQ sauce. Repeat; grilling your second side, rotating 90˚ after 5 minutes. Brush the second grilled side generously with BBQ sauce.

Notes:

When done, chicken breast should have an internal temp of 165˚ and should be firm but still soft. Juices will run clear when you cut into it. Our chicken breasts were pretty large and took about 25 minutes total on the grill. Don’t overcook them or they will turn rubbery and keep in mind they will continue cooking even off the grill.

6. Remove from grill, place on a platter and immediately cover tightly with foil. Let chicken rest under foil for 15 minutes before cutting into it.

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Serve with more BBQ sauce, these mashed potatoes and this cucumber tomato salad (or this creamy cucumber & tomato salad), and you’ll want this to drink. Over and out. Enjoy! It really was amazing.

This is the Juiciest Barbecued Chicken Breast (my sister's famous recipe and a family favorite!) @natashaskitchenThis is the Juiciest Barbecued Chicken Breast (my sister's famous recipe and a family favorite!) @natashaskitchen

Juiciest Barbecued Chicken Breast

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This is my sister's famous juicy BBQ chicken breast recipe. The marinade is so simple with just 3 ingredients. You know what's awesome? You can do all of the prep in advance so all you have to do is toss it on the grill before you party starts!
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Skill Level: Medium/Easy
Cost To Make: $10-$14
Serving: 6-8

Ingredients

Ingredients for Juicy BBQ Chicken Breast:

  • 3-4 lbs whole, boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • ½ cup mayo
  • ½ cup ranch
  • 6-8 medium cloves of garlic, pressed
  • *Johnny's seasoning (store-bought or make your own with recipe below)
  • ½ cup your favorite BBQ sauce + more to serve

*You can make your own Johnny’s seasoning easily:

  • 1 ½ Tbsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Rinse chicken in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. In a casserole dish (no need to get extra dishes dirty), combine ½ cup mayo, ½ cup ranch and press in 6-8 garlic cloves.
  3. Add chicken and turn it several times to coat generously in the marinade.
  4. Season each individual side of the marinated chicken breasts with Johnny's seasoning. Cover the casserole dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight to marinate. Marinate 10 hours or up to 24 hours.
  5. Preheat your grill to 400˚F. Brush the grates with oil. Place chicken on the grill then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook approximately 10 minutes per side (rotating the chicken 90˚ after 5 minutes to create criss-cross grill marks). When you turn your chicken over, generously brush the grilled side of the chicken with BBQ sauce. Repeat grilling your second side, rotating 90˚ after 5 minutes. Brush the second grilled side generously with BBQ sauce.
  6. Remove from grill, place on a platter and immediately cover with foil. Let chicken rest under foil for 15 minutes before cutting into it. Serve with more BBQ sauce, these mashed potatoes and this salad (or this salad), and you'll want this to drink.

Notes

Notes: When done, chicken breast should have an internal temp of 165˚ and should be firm but still soft. Juices will run clear when you cut into it. Our chicken breasts were pretty large and took about 25 minutes total on the grill. Don't overcook them or they will turn rubbery and keep in mind they will continue cooking even off the grill.

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  • Elmo
    September 6, 2017

    Your site is awesome. I save recipes in pdf format for my own useand you are one of the few sites that makes this easy to print to pdf. I am also quite impressed at the videos included. Now, for the Chicken, and being smoker (meats, foods only), I have to wonder what this would do smoked. I suggest on your campouts you might try adding a smoking recipe or two, maybe even caveman style where you could smoke on a grate over a low fire atarting after breakfast and ready at dinner. I am betting this chicken recipe would come out quite awesome. (add a pan of water to steam from the fire, to keep moisture in). Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 6, 2017

      I’m glad you are enjoying my site Elmo! That’s a great idea, really! I will keep your suggestion in mind! Reply

  • Jack Ryan
    August 11, 2017

    Dear Natalya,
    I am a big fan of your blog. Already used several recipes of yours. And it’s always delicious. If i may suggest in this specific recipe: chicken breast is usually dry compare to thighs. So i usually dip chicken breast in lightly salty water over night. And then marinade. This way even extremely boring and dry chicken breast becomes extremely juicy. Just a suggestion. Thank you Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 11, 2017

      Hello Jack! What a great tip! Thanks so much for sharing with other readers! 🙂 Reply

  • Marianne Catina
    July 12, 2017

    I recently made this chicken recipe and it was delicious! It is definitely a keeper. I took leftovers to work and had to give co-workers the recipe. This is the first recipe I have tried from your blog and am very happy. I look forward to trying many more recipes from here. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 12, 2017

      That’s so great Marianne! I’m happy everyone loves the recipe! Thanks for following and sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • Tori
    June 27, 2017

    Amazing recipe! The chicken stayed juicy and had great flavor!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 27, 2017

      That’s great Tori! I’m really happy to hear you enjoy it! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Deana
    May 2, 2017

    Hi there! Going to try this tomorrow however do you use all the seasoning on the recipe? Half? Just seems like a lot. Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 3, 2017

      Hi Deana, I do use all of the seasoning if I’m making the full batch of chicken (3-4 lbs). Keep in mind if using 3 lbs of chicken, it would only be 1/2 tsp of salt per pound of chicken with the proportions in the seasoning mix that I listed. You can absolutely add less to taste and it will still work well 🙂 Reply

  • Diana
    January 10, 2017

    Hi Natasha-

    I was wondering if this can be cooked in the oven if I don’t have a grill available? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 10, 2017

      Hi Diana, I haven’t tried this particular recipe in the oven so I can’t give you exact baking times. I would probably be more inclined to cook it on a skillet to make sure I didn’t overcook it because chicken breast can overcook and dry out quickly.
      If trying the oven method, I would probably start my test with the baking instructions I included on my bbq chicken thighs, but I would definitely recommend an instant read thermometer to check when you’ve reached a doneness temperature of 165˚F (what the USDA recommends). Reply

      • Diana
        January 12, 2017

        Great! I will give that a try. I have a thermometer and will keep track of the temperature to make sure I don’t go over 165.

        Thanks so much! Reply

      • Penny Genaille
        June 19, 2017

        you can bake them in the oven in a covered casserole dish for about an hour and half…my baked chicken breast are never dry doing it this way…just make sure you keep them covered and don’t test for at least 1 1/2 hours…this is for 4-6 chicken breasts… Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          June 19, 2017

          Wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing that with me!! Do you have a special recipe that you use for this method? Also, what temperature are you baking at? Reply

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