Honey BBQ Chicken

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This Honey BBQ Chicken is sure to be a hit at your next barbecue! There is something about making your own sauce that makes your food taste so much better!

Honey BBQ Chicken breasts on a white platter

Honey BBQ Chicken

This Honey BBQ Chicken is so great for family barbecues! And the homemade honey BBQ sauce is amazing! So much better than anything that you can buy at the store. Think fewer preservatives, more great flavor. Our homemade Honey BBQ sauce is sweet and tangy and just delicious, we smothered it all over our chicken.

Cooked to Perfection

I am kind of a perfectionist when it comes to grilled chicken. Chicken can so easily be underdone or become overdone with grilling. So many times I will go do a cookout or BBQ and I will see people cutting into the chicken to check the doneness. Please, I am begging you.. DON’T DO THAT! You are ruining your perfectly good chicken, people! There is NO SHAME in using a digital meat thermometer to make sure you chicken is cooked perfectly.

There is no good reason to slice up your chicken in order to check doneness. Don’t leave it to chance either. The last thing you want to do is pull the chicken off the grill and find out it isn’t done and then have to put it back on in pieces to continue cooking it. Get it to 165-degrees internal temperature, pull it off the grill, and let it rest a few minutes. That is ALL it takes to have perfect chicken. I prefer the digital-read thermometers because they are the most accurate and they will give you a quick read. They are super cheap on Amazon and you can usually find them for under $10. It is SO worth the small investment! I can’t emphasize this enough!

Honey BBQ Chicken breasts on the BBQ grill

Local Honey When You Can

For this recipe (or any recipe using honey), we always like getting fresh, local honey. Our family suffers from seasonal allergies and when we buy local honey, we find that our allergies seem to subside. There are so many great health benefits to buying local honey. Plus, local honey just tastes better than store-bought. You just can’t beat it.

More Great BBQ Recipes

Try some of these other recipes for your next big BBQ as well. You can’t go wrong with any of them!

  • Blue Ribbon Fall Off the Bone Ribs – These ribs are AWARD WINNING. So delicious! Such an easy technique for fall-off-the-bone ribs and the honey BBQ sauce from the recipe above puts them over the top!
  • Traditional Potato Salad – Our favorite side dish for family BBQs. Honestly, we can’t have a BBQ without our Mom’s famous potato salad. It is a MUST! Try it and you will see.
  • Traditional Macaroni Salad – This is another HUGE hit at BBQs and potlucks. So versatile and always one of the first dishes to be devoured. Goes great with the honey BBQ chicken above!
  • Need more ideas? Check out ALL of our BBQ/Grilling recipes HERE!
BBQ Chicken on a white platter with honey bbq sauce on the side

We made this chicken with the Pesto Potatoes that I posted a few weeks ago and it was a delicious dinner! It would also be perfect cut up over salad.

How To Make Honey BBQ Chicken

Honey BBQ Chicken grilled and served on a platter

Honey BBQ Chicken

5 from 10 votes
This Honey BBQ Chicken is sure to be a hit at your next barbecue! There is something about making your own sauce that makes your food taste so much better!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Equipment

  • Outdoor Barbecue Grill

Ingredients

For the sauce:

Instructions

Honey BBQ Sauce:

  • In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, warm the vegetable oil. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
    Garlic being sautéed for honey bbq chicken
  • Add the remaining sauce ingredients and bring to a boil.
    Garlic whisked into honey BBQ sauce in a saucepan
  • Reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes. Set aside. Pour ½ of the sauce in a small bowl for basting the chicken.
    Honey bbq sauce boiling in a saucepan

Grilling the Chicken:

  • I like to pound the chicken a little before I grill it so it cooks evenly. Grill the chicken on medium high heat, you want to cook it 7 to 10 minutes on each side. It tastes best if you only turn it once.
    Honey BBQ Chicken breasts on the BBQ grill
  • Baste generously with the small bowl of sauce every 3 or 4 minutes. Serve with the remaining sauce on the side for dipping.
    Honey BBQ Chicken with sauce spread on top

Nutrition Information

Calories: 405kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 49gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 778mgPotassium: 1018mgFiber: 1gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 271IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 2mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    Had my tastebuds doing a happy dance! 😛
    As Pooh would say, “time for something sweet” & I say, this did not disappoint 🙂

  2. barbecue is perhaps the the most iconic American food that has regional flavours similar to the country itself barbecue, from the smoked brisket of Central Texas and the sticky ribs of Memphis to Kansas City’s burned ends and vinegar-and-mustard-sauced pork from the Carolinas. The cult cuisine has more than meets the eyes.

  3. 5 stars
    Grill was broken so we fried it in the sauce in the frying pan and covered with the lid. The chicken was so tender. Definitely recommend frying!

    1. 5 stars
      This is my go-to BBQ sauce since it was first posted years ago. I’ve grilled it, roasted it, air fry it and even pan fry it. It’s used on chicken, steaks and even ribs. Friends and family have always asked for this recipe after tasting it. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    I love the idea of never having to buy a jar of bbq sauce ever again. What a great way to save some money without giving up the tangy flavor of homemade bbq sauce.

    1. I don’t have a grill. Neither do i have a crock pot. Can i fry the chicken in a pan? Would that be okay?

      1. Yes! I actually had someone tell me they tried frying it in a pan and it worked out great!

  5. 5 stars
    I completely agree about not cutting meat to see if it’s done!! It drives me nuts. That said, I can’t get over how easy the barbecue sauce is and how amazing it looks with the chicken! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Honey and meat is great combination! It really makes meat soft and juicy! Thank you I will try this recipe!

  7. If you dont want to bbq it, what about baking the chicken? My problem is that I have an event at noon, and dont want to be cooking it at the last minute. Can I bbq it the night before and heat it up in the oven the next day? Thanks so much!

    1. I don’t see why not. Sometimes cooking it and than reheating in a crack pot keeps it from getting dried out.