How to Make BBQ Chicken Basketball

A guide on how to make BBQ chicken basketballs. A fun and easy recipe that the whole family will enjoy!



In this guide, we’ll show you how to make BBQ chicken basketballs. These delicious balls of chicken are perfect for game day or any day. They’re easy to make and sure to be a hit with your friends and family. So let’s get started!

What You’ll Need

-1 whole chicken, about 3 1/2 to 4 pounds
-1 tablespoon coarse salt
-1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
-1 teaspoon cumin
-1/2 teaspoon ground chili powder
-1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
-Olive oil, for rubbing
-3/4 cup barbecue sauce, plus more for serving
-1/4 cup honey

Step One: Prepare the Chicken

Before you even think about firing up the grill, you need to prep your chicken. This recipe calls for boneless, skinless chicken breasts but you could also use thighs or tenders. If you’re using chicken breasts, pound them out to an even thickness so they’ll cook evenly on the grill. Then, season the chicken with a spice rub. A BBQ spice rub is typically a mixture of paprika, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. You could also use a store-bought BBQ spice blend. Once the chicken is seasoned, let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before grilling.

Step Two: Make the BBQ Sauce

In a medium saucepan, whisk together ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cumin, and pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the sugars have dissolved and the sauce is slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.

Step Three: Grill the Chicken

The next step is to grill the chicken. Be sure to oil your grill grates before adding the chicken so it doesn’t stick, and preheat your grill to medium-high heat. You’ll want to cook the chicken for about 8 minutes per side, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit When the chicken is cooked through, remove it from the grill and let it rest for a few minutes before cutting into it. Enjoy!

Step Four: Serve the Chicken

The fourth and final step is to serve the chicken. You can do this by removing the chicken from the grill and cutting it into pieces. Serve with a side of BBQ sauce and enjoy!


We hope you enjoyed learning how to make BBQ chicken basketball! This dish is perfect for game day or any time you want to enjoy some delicious barbecue chicken. Remember to cook the chicken thoroughly before serving, and enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

So, you want to make BBQ chicken basketball? Here are a few tips and tricks to help you succeed:

1. Choose your chicken wisely. If you want to make tender, juicy BBQ chicken, go for bone-in, skin-on thighs or breasts. Avoid using lean cuts of meat, as they will dry out quickly.

2. Season your chicken well. A dry rub or marinade with plenty of spices will give your chicken flavor and help it stay moist during cooking.

3. Cook low and slow. Barbecue chicken is best cooked over indirect heat at a low temperature (around 300 degrees Fahrenheit). This will prevent the outside from burning before the inside is cooked through.

4. Use a good BBQ sauce. A quality barbecue sauce will add flavor and help keep the chicken moist as it cooks. Be sure to apply it generously!

5. Know when it’s done. Chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness;Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat, avoiding bone if possible.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be on your way to making perfect BBQ chicken basketballs!


1. Before beginning, make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. To make the basting sauce, combine ketchup, brown sugar, melted butter, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt in a small bowl; set aside.
3. Place chicken breasts in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour 1/2 of the basting sauce over chicken breasts, and spread to cover.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes; remove from oven and turn chicken breasts over. Spread remaining basting sauce over chicken breasts.
5. Bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a fork.

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