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Smoky BBQ Chicken

Healthy Fact of the Day

Grilling chicken with the skin on helps keep the meat moist and flavorful. While the skin does contain some fat, you can easily remove it after cooking to reduce the overall fat content. Choosing bone-in chicken pieces also helps the meat retain moisture and nutrients during the grilling process.



  • 4 lbs bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces (thighs, drumsticks, or breasts)
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce



  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (around 400°F or 200°C).

  2. In a small bowl, mix together the smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper (if using), salt, and black pepper to create a dry rub.

  3. Pat the chicken pieces dry with paper towels and sprinkle the dry rub evenly over the chicken, massaging it into the skin.

  4. Place the chicken pieces on the preheated grill, skin-side down. Cook for 15-20 minutes, flipping occasionally, until the skin is crispy and charred in spots.

  5. Brush the chicken generously with BBQ sauce and continue cooking for another 10-15 minutes, basting with more sauce every few minutes, until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (74°C).

  6. Remove the chicken from the grill and let it rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

  7. Serve the smoky BBQ chicken with extra sauce on the side, along with your favorite summer sides like coleslaw, potato salad, or grilled corn on the cob.

Fire up the grill and let the tantalizing aroma of this smoky BBQ chicken draw your friends and family to the backyard for a sizzling summer feast that’ll have them licking their fingers and begging for seconds!

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