Barbecued Chicken for Five for Less Than Five Bucks! MMM Good!




About: I'm just a regular guy trying to do extraordinary things. In addition I produce a weekly podcast, write and garden. I love to look at piles of crap and make that crap into something useful, useful crap.

Barbecued chicken should be a pleasure to cook and eat, in this instructable I will teach you a barbecuing technique that will ensure perfect chicken every time and will make you the envy of your neighborhood. Best of all it is really cheap you can feed five people with this recipe for under five dollars!

This instructable is being entered as part of the BBQ contest, I appreciate all comments, thanks.

Step 1: Shopping and Prep, Time and Money Savers

Here is what you need.

Pick up a package of leg and thigh quarters, a package of five at my local store costs $2.63.
Buy the cheapest bottle of Barbecue sauce you can find, in this cast I used KRAFT with honey cost $1.00.
The rest of the ingredients most of us have on hand so this is where I stopped spending money. For you there could be some variation.
you'll want
Garlic Powder (we make ours ourself, look for an Instructable this fall)
Fresh Herbs
Paint Brush
Cake Pan
White rice

Step 2: Let's Get Cooking

Get a large pot, fill it with water and put it on the stove on HIGH.

Tell your kid to be patient its gotta cook!

Add the chicken to the pot and let it boil for ten minutes.

Once its done boiling, remove the chicken from the pot,

Step 3: Get Your Chicken Bubbling in Sticky Goodness

Now the hard part.
Lay the chicken out in a large deep cake pan.

Pour Barbecue Sauce liberally all over the chicken, do the same with honey, and sprinkle a lot of Garlic Powder all over.

Get a pot to cook your rice, add four cups of your chicken water and two cups of rice.

At this point I usually pour the chicken water into a crockpot, and when we are done eating I add our chicken bones to it and let it cook all night, then I filter it in the morning and freeze it for soups next winter. You can do whatever you want with it.

Bring your pan with chicken outside and bring your rice outside as well (if you have a side burner on your grill)

Light your grill
Place the chicken pan on the grate with the chicken still in the pan.
Turn on your side burner and place the rice on that.

Now collect fresh herbs, vegetables and flowers from your garden and add them to your rice and chicken.

I used Basil, Cilantro, Chives, Oregano, Marigolds and some sugarsnap peas. I used scissors and cut them up over the rice and chicken.

Then close the lid of your grill, turning the temp down directly under your chicken.

Now go have a beer and play with your kid.

Step 4: Get That Chicken on the Fire!

When the rice is done cooking its time to get the chicken on the fire.
Turn the fire off under the rice and remove the pan with the chicken from the grill.
Crank the grill up and ad the chicken, I like to put the side with the most sauce on the fire. I love nice black caramelized cancer causing grill marks on my chicken.

Baste the chicken with the sauce that the chicken has been bubbling in.

Close the lid and let it go for a couple minutes, once you think you've got the right amount of char turn the chicken and do it again.

Step 5: Serve Eat and Share!

Open up the grill and serve immediately with the rice.
Garnish with fresh herbs and serve with a cold beer (this may add to your overall cost) My friends usually bring the beer and I cook. I think I get the better deal.

Anyway enjoy.

On a side note all the prep can be done in advance, for example when we go camping, I boil the chicken, put it in aluminum foil packets with the sauce and freeze it.
Then when we are camping I throw the foil packet on the fire until everything is cooked and we eat, super easy and a nice change from hotdogs.



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    28 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Hoisin sauce makes a great sauce on the BBQ for chicken (or ribs) also.


    9 years ago on Step 3

    Are all marigolds edible, or just particular types?  What kind of flavor does it add?
    Bob M.

    1 reply
    Fish Nerdspyder461

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 3

    Hi Spyder
    I think just the flower pedals are edible and I think the type doesn't much matter. They don't add a lot of flavor a little peppery but mostly it looks good.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    AWESOME!!! 10 mins boiling, 10 mins in the pan and 2 mins each side on the grill and that turned out to be by far the best chicken I've ever made SUPER easy (I'm no chef) THANKS MAN!!

    3 replies
    Fish Nerdnsgrossman

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Yup, I would leave them in the foil packet for 5 minutes longer but you will have some excellent ribs in the end. Good luck and enjoy your grill!


    Reply 10 years ago on Step 5

    I completely agree. However, anything Mr. Potatoman cooks in a "foil packet" truly is delicious, so we can't complain too much!

    Fish Nerdwickedgoodknitta

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 5

    Oh yeah! I bet you like the phrase caramalize or egg sh*t! Hi Stace, glad to see you read my Instructable.

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    10 years ago on Step 5

    I do the same thing but I add dried jalepeno to the BBQ sauce. If I can, I add a bit of hot sauce. I picked up the 1 Million Scoville hot sauce when I came out to see you last year. Just a drop or two adds enough spice so that only a handful of us get the best chicken. I tend to make a batch without spice and one with. I save the BBQ sauce if there's any left over. I get boneless legs and breasts (they are cheap at Costco). With the boneless legs make sure you don't boil them too long otherwise they will fall apart on the grill. Oh, and of course you're getting a vote from me bro. Not just because I've known you since you were a kid either. This really is the best way to make BBQ chicken.

    Mr. Rig It

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Dude! Our techniques are so similar. It also looks like we like our BBQ to taste the same, a little charing is a good thing. I also do the same thing with cooking the chicken over night in a crock pot. I usually buy a rotisserie chicken and after dinner I boil the rest down to stock, filter out the bones then throw in some noodles or rice, carrots, and potatoes, celery, and lots of spices. I some times cook the rice and then mix in a can of mushroom soup to the rice after it has cooked and then put the chicken over the top of the rice. Good job with your instructable.

    2 replies
    Fish NerdMr. Rig It

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I noticed that when I read your chicken recipe, it works like a charm and the friends are always impressed. Good Barbecue + Friends who can't = Free Beer! I voted for your ribs BTW perfect!
    Good Luck!