Simple Grilled BBQ Split Chicken Breast

As simple as it gets. Start grill, trim chicken, put on a grill. Then a few flips and brush of sauce. Easy to follow step by step instructions.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 220kcal
Author: Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan


  • 2 split chicken breast AKA bone-in skin-on chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon oil for brushing
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce of choice


  • Preheat gas grill to a surface temperature of 450. That is medium on my grill but is usually medium-high on most grills. Clean and oil.
  • Pat dry chicken. Trim loose fat and rib section. Then cut the split chicken breasts into 2-3 equal pieces each.
  • A light brushing with oil and you're good to go.
  • Place the chicken pieces skin side up and grill for 5 minutes. Flip over with skin down for 4 minutes. Continue cycles of 5 minutes when skin is up and 4 minutes when skin is down.
  • Create a cooler zone for cooking. If you only have two burners, turn one burner down at about 10-15 minutes into the cooking. If you have 3 or more burners, turn one end burner down at the beginning of cooking.
  • With smaller pieces and pieces cooking or browning too fast, move them to the lower temperature area as needed.
  • When the chicken nears done, brush with BBQ sauce about 5 minutes before the end of cooking and then again the last few minutes.
  • Grill until internal temp of 165. Total cooking time for me about 30 minutes.


Pro Tips:
  1. Get grill surface temperature correct
  2. Trim and cut up chicken. Large pieces don't cook well.
  3. Keep skin up as much as possible to prevent burning.
  4. Have a cooler zone to move smaller pieces to while grilling.
  5. BBQ near the end to prevent burning.
  6. Done when the internal temperature is 165.
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Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 1112mg | Potassium: 243mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1.1mg