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Whole Barbecue Chicken Recipe

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12 servings

Get out the grill for this delicious Whole Barbecue Chicken Recipe. Our Whole Barbecue Chicken is a cinch to make too, requiring only five ingredients.

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  • Heat grill for indirect grilling: Light one side of grill, leaving other side unlit. Close lid; heat grill to 350ºF.
  • Trim and discard excess fat from chickens. Squeeze lemon juice into small bowl; reserve lemon halves. Add barbecue sauce and seasoning to juice; mix well. Place 2 each lemon halves and garlic cloves inside each chicken cavity.
  • Place chickens, breast-sides up, on grate over unlit area; cover. Grill 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until chicken is done (165°F), turning and brushing occasionally with sauce for the last 20 min. Remove and discard lemon halves and garlic from chickens before serving.

Special Equipment Needed

Special Extra

Garnish with additional lemons and roasted garlic. Lemon wedges can be grilled for 5 min. alongside chicken to bring out their sweetness.


Substitute 1 large chicken (4 to 5 lb.) for the 2 smaller chickens. Grill 1 hour 45 min. to 2 hours or until chicken is done (165°F). Makes 10 servings.

How to Grill on a Charcoal Grill

Carefully arrange hot coals evenly around side of charcoal grate. Place drip pan in center of grate; fill with 1 cup water. Place cooking grate over coals. Place chicken on grate centered over drip pan. Cover grill with lid. Grill as directed.


  • 12 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 12 servings
Calories 240
Total fat 13g
Saturated fat 4g
Cholesterol 80mg
Sodium 300mg
Carbohydrate 12g
Dietary fiber 0.5743g
Sugars 9g
Protein 17g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 25 %DV
Vitamin C 15 %DV
Calcium 2 %DV
Iron 8 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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