Garlic Bourbon BBQ-Marinated Grilled Chicken

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  • Total Time: 1 hrs 15 mins
  • Hands-on Time: 15 mins
  • Makes: 4 servings

Garlic, paprika and cayenne pepper give grilled chicken big charisma.


  • 1/4 cup bourbon (optional, alternative in Notes)

    1/2 cup soy sauce

    1/4 cup water

    1 teaspoon Simply Organic Garlic Powder

    1 teaspoon Simply Organic Paprika

    1/2 teaspoon Simply Organic Ground Mustard Seed

    1 sprinkle Simply Organic Black Pepper

    1 teaspoon Simply Organic Cayenne Pepper

    1 pinch sea salt 

    1/4 cup sorghum or molasses

    4 organic chicken breasts, boneless or "airliner," skin on or off


    1. In a 2-cup (or larger) measuring cup, whisk together all the liquids and spices. Try to break up any spice "lumps" with a fork.

    2. Score the chicken breasts 3 to 5 times on the skin side of the breast by slicing about 1/2 inch into (but not all the way through) the meat. Do this regardless of whether you choose to leave the skin attached.

    3. Place the breasts in a shallow casserole or 1-gallon plastic bag, and add the marinade. Mix until the chicken is thoroughly coated. Refrigerate for 1 hour or up to overnight.

    4. Preheat your grill. Real wood charcoal tastes best, but gas works fine. Avoid instant-light briquettes as they make food taste like lighter fluid. Aim for medium-high heat – if your grill lid has a thermometer built into the lid, it should read about 375 degrees.

    5. Remove the chicken from the marinade and scrape off as much excess as possible. Place on the hot grill, skin side down, and grill 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the breasts over and cook a further 3 to 4 minutes.

    6. Using a meat thermometer, check the doneness at the thickest part of the breast. Cook further if needed to reach internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

    7. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes, then serve immediately.



    *To leave out the bourbon, replace by doubling the water to 1/2 cup and adding one teaspoon Simply Organic Vanilla Flavoring.

    Before you place the chicken on the grill, be sure to remove excess marinade. This will help prevent flare-ups when grilling.


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