Grilled Bone-In Chicken Breasts

grilled bone-in chicken breasts with barbecue sauce

This simple technique for Grilled Bone-In Chicken Breasts is a revelation. It doesn’t seem like it should work, especially with a notoriously dry cut of meat like a chicken breast. When my amazing mother-in-law told me about this technique, I was skeptical, to say the least. But she knows a lot about cooking, so I gave it a try.

The end result blew me away! I know it will do the same for you. Now you can throw away your ideas of bland lean chicken and embrace a new way of cooking this cut of meat. Feed your family well while preserving your own energy so you can enjoy the process, the meal itself, and the time it gives you with your family.

An Act of Love

At its heart, preparing a meal for your family is an act of love. Not only are we nourishing their bodies, but their souls as well. At least, that is what we hope. And we, too, are filled in the process.

But it doesn’t have to be all consuming. I mean, you love your family in a million other ways, too. And each of those things takes its own time and energy.

grilled bone-in chicken breast served with broccoli and macaroni and cheese

So, let meal prep be as simple as possible. This recipe gives you that little gift. It does take some time, but not a lot of mental space or energy. You just have to be on hand to check the grill. Easy peasy.

Keep Your Grill at the Right Temp

Truly, keeping your grill at the right temperature is the trickiest part of this technique. But once you do it, you won’t have that trouble again. Learn your grill and let it do the work for you. You will be rewarded with juicy chicken, crispy skin, and a main course your whole family will love.

grilled bone-in chicken breasts

This is also a budget-friendly meal, since bone-in meat tends to be less expensive than boneless and skinless. Having the bone is essential to this technique – it adds flavor and effects the way the meat cooks, ensuring it doesn’t dry out.

I love these with just salt and pepper, but they are amazing with barbecue sauce, too. Try out your favorite seasoning – really almost anything will work, so play around with it and enjoy the variety.

Make Your Effort Go Further

Grill up more than you need and shred some of the chicken to use in other recipes. I have never once regretted getting more than one meal out of my prep. And you won’t either!

Serve these with a fresh salad (like this one, this one or this one), our Corn and Quinoa Salsa, or Spicy Cilantro Slaw. A dessert like our Ginger Peach Crisp would be perfect.


grilled bone-in chicken breast with barbecue sauce
grilled bone-in chicken breasts

Grilled Bone-In Chicken Breasts

This simple technique for Grilled Bone-In Chicken Breasts is a revelation, giving you juicy and flavorful lean chicken with minimal effort!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Chicken Dish, Gluten Free, Grilled, Main
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people


  • 6 Bone-in, skin-on split chicken breasts
  • Salt and Pepper


  • Heat grill to high. Generously sprinkle all sides of the chicken with salt and pepper (or your favorite rub). Place the breasts skin side up on the grill and immediately turn down the heat to low. Close the lid and allow the chicken to cook at around 300 degrees for 30 minutes. Turn the chicken over and cook for another 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  • When the chicken is cooked through, remove it from the grill to a platter and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.


  • Brush with your favorite bbq sauce and flip back to skin skin side up for the last 15 minutes of grilling.
  • Keeping the grill at 300 degrees is the trickiest part of this technique. Watch it carefully and make adjustments to burners as necessary, then make note of what you did so that next time will be easier.
Keyword chicken, grilled

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