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

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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!) @natashaskitchen

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

Juiciest Barbecued Chicken Breast

4.93 from 14 votes
Prep Time: 10 hours
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 10 hours 25 minutes
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 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!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Medium/ Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$14
Servings: 6 -8

Ingredients

Ingredients for Juicy BBQ Chicken Breast:

  • 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:

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 1/2 cup mayo, 1/2 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.

Recipe 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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  • Trisha Ferguson
    April 8, 2019

    Does the chicken taste like ranch? I want to make this but not sure everyone would like it if it tastes like ranch. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 8, 2019

      Hi Trisha, since it is used as a marinade it is very mild, we think its the perfect balance. Reply

  • Val Hynes
    April 1, 2019

    I wanted sooooo bad to believe, so I prepped and marinated overnight … BBQ’d this evening … and it’s a WINNER WINNER!!! I’m learning to BBQ so I picked this recipe. So glad I did. Crazy juicy, not flat and dry, lovely and plump 🙂 Thanx 🙂 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 1, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Reply

  • Dorothy Woodall Peterson
    July 1, 2018

    By “ranch” do you mean ranch dressing?
    Thank you Reply

  • Traci
    June 25, 2018

    Good afternoon!

    I made this chicken recipe over the weekend and EVERYONE LOVED IT! Including the smaller kids!! This is now one of my favorite chicken dishes! Thank you for all you do!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 25, 2018

      That’s so great, Traci! I’m happy to hear you have a new favorite! Reply

  • 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

        • Iga
          October 5, 2018

          Hi, how would we bake this in the oven? I saw some advice earlier, but it seems unresolved as to temperatures and baking times. Thanks! Reply

          • Natashas Kitchen
            October 5, 2018

            Iga, 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.

  • Kim
    September 20, 2016

    This was fabulous! I was looking for a different type of marinade for grilled chicken breasts and came upon your website. The only problem was that I only had on hand chipotle mayo and chipotle ranch dressing, but figured, “what the heck, give it a try.” I’m so glad that I did, as my husband has raved about it and requests it every week. FYI, I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet & Spicy BBQ sauce. Thank you for the recipe. Love your website and look forward to trying other recipes. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 20, 2016

      Kim, welcome to the site and thank you for such a nice review 😀. I hope you’ll find lots of new favorites here. Reply

  • Kim Klickna
    July 5, 2016

    Natasha– I much prefer thighs, but this recipe produced the best chicken breasts I’ve ever made. Thank you. I’m Lithuanian and I appreciate your recipes. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 5, 2016

      That is a wonderful compliment! Thank you so much Kim 🙂 Reply

  • Galina
    June 23, 2016

    Can I use a grill pan instead of a grill? This sounds delicious. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 23, 2016

      Hi Galina, yes that would work fine 🙂 Reply

  • Diane Holmes-Kaub
    May 20, 2016

    OMG- my Guyana’s and I just make this on our grill in the Norwood in Wisconsin! Tritely the best grilled chicken we’ve ever had! Paired it with cucumber/tomato/ avocado salad~~~ amazing! Thank you so much for sharing😘 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 21, 2016

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it!! Thank you so much for sharing your great review! 🙂 Reply

  • Mariam
    March 19, 2016

    Hi Natasha can I make this inside of oven? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 19, 2016

      Hi Mariam, you might try this baking method:
      Preheat Oven to 400˚F.
      1. Place Chicken thighs flat with the smooth side up on a large rimmed baking dish. Bake at 400˚F for 30 mins.
      2. Increase heat to 450˚ and Remove chicken from oven to brush the tops and sides generously with BBQ sauce. Return chicken to the oven another 5 minutes or until glaze has dried slightly onto the chicken.
      Note: bake time may vary by thickness of your chicken breast. Reply

      • Alie
        April 21, 2017

        I tried this in the oven following these directions and it turned out amazing! The only thing i did was make sure not to bake the chicken in all of the marinade. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          April 22, 2017

          Thank you for such a nice review Alie 😬. Reply

  • Victoria
    September 28, 2015

    I really enjoy all of your receipes. On recipe I think you should do is a chicken and waffles recipe Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 28, 2015

      Can you describe the chicken and waffles recipe? I don’t think I’ve ever had that. Thank you! 🙂 Reply

  • Re
    June 13, 2015

    Hai natasha.. i loved all your recipes but i’ve got little confused to figure it out what is ‘ranch’..
    Is it yogurt or sour cream?
    Or somekind like that? 🙁

    Btw i’ve tried ur grill garlic shrimp and its so yuuummmm.. thankyooouu for sharing.. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 13, 2015

      Ranch is a salad dressing. It is sold in the grocery aisles or in the refrigerator section. You can use either kind. Reply

  • Katie
    April 2, 2015

    Hi Natasha,

    Is it possible to use this marinade for beef and then grill? Or it will not be as soft? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 2, 2015

      To be honest, I haven’t tried this marinade with beef and I think it would work better for chicken. Reply

  • Nadia
    November 27, 2014

    We had this chicken with mashed potatoes, it was a great hit. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 27, 2014

      That’s what I like to hear :). Reply

  • September 26, 2014

    Hi, This is just a quick sincere thank you for the great recipes with “Easy to Find” ingredients, and with easy methods! You also should be congratulated for having an easy read unclogged website that is NOT full of adverts including pop ups!

    Well Done!

    Cheers, Ed Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 26, 2014

      I’m so glad you are enjoying the site. Thanks for the great feedback! 🙂 Reply

  • Julia
    August 26, 2014

    I was wondering if it’s possible to reheat these? I wanted to make it for a church potluck and i thought maybe grill it in Saturday and slice it up. Then on Sunday toss some more barbecue sauce on it and reheat it in the oven. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 26, 2014

      That could work fine; you could do exactly that then cover with foil and bake until hot. Reply

  • July 14, 2014

    Mayo and Russians are perfect combination:) I grew up with a lot of mayo dishes. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 14, 2014

      Lol. There are a few ingredients that are just staples. 🙂 Reply

  • inna
    July 14, 2014

    Is there a baking method for this?
    Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 14, 2014

      I haven’t tried baking this particular recipe and I think grilling is best for chicken breast so it doesn’t dry out, but this is the method I used for baking chicken thighs:
      Baking Method:
      Preheat Oven to 400˚F.
      1. Place Chicken smooth side up on a large rimmed baking dish. Bake at 400˚F for 30 mins.
      2. Increase heat to 450˚ and Remove chicken from oven to brush the tops and sides generously with BBQ sauce. Return chicken to the oven another 5 minutes or until glaze has dried slightly onto the chicken. It’s done when the thickest part is 165˚F, juices run clear and the thickest part is no longer pink. Baking time will be different depending on the thickness of your chicken breast. Reply

  • July 13, 2014

    This looks absolutely awesome, love how you flavored the chicken!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 14, 2014

      Thanks Matt. It’s so simple but tastes amazing! 🙂 Reply

  • Valya @ valyastasteofhome.com
    July 13, 2014

    My family loves chicken. I should try making it this way. Thanks for sharing 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 13, 2014

      You’re so welcome! Enjoy! 🙂 Reply

  • TrishInFL
    July 13, 2014

    I’ve marinated with greek yogurt before, but never thought to add ranch, what a great idea!! Thank you!! I’ll be trying this tomorrow… Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 13, 2014

      Greek yogurt sounds nice! What else did you put into it? Reply

  • Liz
    July 13, 2014

    Nice recipe. Thank you Natasha and your sister. Have a Great Week. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 13, 2014

      Thank you Liz! I hope you have an awesome week as well 🙂 Reply

  • Bobbi
    July 12, 2014

    This is perfect for me! We always make chicken and try different ways to make it. I definitely will be trying this one soon! Y-U-M!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 12, 2014

      I think you’ll love it! It so simple and the flavor and juiciness,… yum. It’s too late for me to be getting hungry again 😉 Reply

  • Agnieszka
    July 12, 2014

    Great recipe!! Thx!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 12, 2014

      Thanks so much 🙂 Reply

  • I am all about tender, juicy chicken! And BBQ for that matter. What an ingenious marinade! This looks amazing! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 12, 2014

      Thanks Lindsey! 🙂 Me too! We should grill together one day, or maybe my husband can grill and we can sip iced coffee and chat. lol. I like option B. 😉 Reply

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