Grilled Chicken with Citrus-BBQ Glaze


This healthy barbecue chicken recipe is easy to make and is packed with so much flavor, thanks to the sweetness from orange zest and juice. You can make this recipe with whole chicken legs or all drumsticks or thighs. This recipe is part of our Juneteenth Family Cookout Menu.

Grilled Citrus BBQ Glazed Chicken
Photo: Andrea Mathis
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins


  • 1 cup barbecue sauce

  • Zest of 1 orange

  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 4 chicken leg quarters (about 4 pounds)

  • Chopped parsley for garnish

  • 1 navel orange, sliced, for garnish


  1. Whisk barbecue sauce, orange zest, orange juice, oil, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Remove 1/2 cup sauce for basting. Add chicken pieces to the remaining sauce in the bowl and toss to coat well. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

  2. Preheat grill to medium heat (325°F). Grill chicken for 5 minutes per side, basting with the reserved sauce once. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue grilling and basting often until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest parts registers 165°F, 15 to 20 minutes more. (Discard any remaining marinade.)

  3. Serve sprinkled with parsley and garnished with orange slices, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

346 Calories
13g Fat
4g Carbs
51g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 leg
Calories 346
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 51g 102%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 241mg 80%
Vitamin A 126IU 3%
Sodium 342mg 15%
Potassium 659mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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