Mustard Chicken Barbecue


Prepare the chicken ahead of time so it has time to marinate. At dinner time, just make the simple sauce while the chicken grills.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Marinate Time:
4 hrs
Grill Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 10 mins


  • 4 chicken legs (thigh-drumstick piece) or 4 each drumsticks and thighs (about 3 pounds total) or 4 chicken breast halves (about 2 pounds total)

  • ½ cup Dijon-style mustard

  • 3 tablespoon vinegar

  • 4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon snipped fresh thyme or 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • 2 tablespoon light-flavored molasses


  1. If desired, remove skin from chicken. Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Place chicken in a plastic bag in a shallow dish; set aside.

  2. For marinade, stir together mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and thyme until smooth. Pour marinade over the chicken. Seal the bag and turn to coat the chicken with marinade. Chill for 4 to 24 hours, turning the bag occasionally. Drain the chicken, reserving marinade. Measure 1/3 cup marinade; set aside to use to make the sauce.

  3. In a grill with a cover, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above the drip pan. Place the chicken pieces, bone side down, on the grill rack over the drip pan but not over the coals. Cover and grill for 50 to 60 minutes or until tender and no longer pink, brushing occasionally with remaining marinade. (Do not brush during the last 5 minutes of grilling.)

  4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the 1/3 cup reserved marinade and the molasses. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Pass sauce with chicken. Makes 4 servings.

Test Kitchen Tip:

How Hot is Hot? Some foods need to be grilled hot and fast, some low and slow. To gauge how hot the coals in your grill are, hold the palm of your hand a few inches over the center of the grill rack. If you can hold your hand there two seconds or less, the coals are hot; three seconds would be medium-hot, four for medium, and five for medium-slow coals.When grilling indirectly, hot coals will provide medium-hot heat at the cooking site, and medium-hot coals will provide medium heat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

327 Calories
17g Fat
10g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 327
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 904mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 8.3mg 42%
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 2.7mg 15%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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