Summer and grilling just go together, don’t they? I am always on the lookout for an easy grilled chicken recipe, something simple for those hot summer days where you really don’t want to turn on the oven. Just toss this chicken in some seasonings, throw it on the grill, and add a salad to round out the meal.
Last week, my husband took some of the ranch hands and went to fix fence. They would be working most of the day, so he asked if I could make lunch. I said: “Sure!” The previous day, I’d bought a big pack of chicken legs to grill. So I pulled them out, mixed up a simple marinade, and started the grill. My propane tank isn’t working right now, so I used the charcoal side. It takes longer to light, but tastes better in the end!
Soon I had the charcoal going, and I put the chicken on the grill. I kept the grate low, so the chicken was cooking over low heat. Then I cooked some macaroni’s and baked some bread rolls. I sliced up 2 peaches and a pound of strawberries that I had in the fridge. I mixed up a gallon of sweet tea; meanwhile kept turning the chicken on the grill. I grilled the boneless thighs about 30 minutes, and the drumsticks closer to an hour. You just have to check them, so much depends on your grill, temps, weather, etc.
Note: I mixed the marinade and put the chicken in just before I started the grill. It probably took 30 minutes for the charcoal to get ready, so that’s about how long the chicken was in the marinade. It really is an easy grilled chicken recipe!
Oh man, that chicken smelled good! I kept sneaking tiny bits off the edges as I pulled the pieces off the grill. So tasty! Finally, it was done – cooked until the meat started pulling off the bones. I put it in a roaster to stay warm, and to rest while I loaded all the food into the truck.
I piled the girls into the truck too, and we bounced out the dirt county road to the pasture where the guys were working. The ranch we work on goes on both sides of the interstate, so when we move cows from one side to the other, we use a little underpass. The sides of that road need good, tight fence, so the cows and calves don’t end up on the road among the vehicles.
I parked, put down the tailgate, and spread out the food and drinks. The guys were happy to see food! They sat on the bed of the truck and in the trailer while they ate – traffic roaring past at 75 mph. (by the way, want to desensitize your horse? Ride him under that low underpass. 😉 ) My chicken was cowboy-approved, so that should count for something, haha! Of course, they were hungry and hunger is the best sauce, you know. 😉 If you try this easy grilled chicken recipe, please leave me a comment and let me know how you liked it. Pin it so you don’t lose it!
Easy Grilled Chicken Recipe
- 5 lbs chicken legs
- 2 TBL Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 TBL Greek Seasoning
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- Mix oil, vinegar, and seasoning together to form the marinade.
- Place chicken legs in the marinade and mix well.
- Let chicken rest for 30 minutes in the marinade.
- Place chicken on grill over low heat.
- Cook boneless pieces for approx 30 minutes, bone-in for 45-60 minutes or until cooked through.
You might like this chicken recipe as well. It is a baked recipe, but could also go on the grill.
You can find the Greek seasoning I use on Amazon. They also sell Balsamic, though I buy mine from Walmart. 🙂
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