The best grilled chicken ever. How to Grill a whole chicken and get it cooked evenly.

The Best Grilled Chicken Recipe Ever

The best grilled chicken ever.
Course Main Course Chicken
Cuisine American
Keyword Best Grilled Chicken
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 573 kcal


  • 1 whole chicken cut in half (backbone removed)
  • For the dry rub:
  • 1 Tablespoon seasoning salt any brand
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chile powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • For the basting sauce:
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 drop liquid smoke no more than a drop, it's concentrated, optional
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce your favorite brand


  1. Cut the chicken in half by removing back bone. Your butcher can do this, or cut along side each side of the back bone and remove. This will avoid trying to grill different sized pieces of chicken.
  2. Next take your fingers and loosen the skin in as many places as you can. Take the dry rub and rub all over chicken and under the skin. Do this three hours before grilling. And bring the chicken to room temperature before grilling.
  3. Heat grill to 500 degrees. Lower heat to 350. I turn off the middle burner and cook chicken in the middle of the grill. Place both sides of chicken on grill. Using a grill brush, baste with basting sauce. Cover grill and cook for 15 minutes. Repeat this step 4 times for total cook time of 1 hours. Turning the chicken each time you baste.
  4. When the hour is up, generously coat one side of chicken with your favorite BBQ or grilling sauce. Close lid and cook for 2 minutes, turn chicken and repeat. Cook two more minutes with grill lid closed.
  5. Remove from grill and let sit 5 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
The Best Grilled Chicken Recipe Ever
Amount Per Serving
Calories 573 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 143mg48%
Sodium 3198mg139%
Potassium 559mg16%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 710IU14%
Vitamin C 3.5mg4%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.