Grilling Chicken Quarters

Grilling chicken quarters can be a challenge since dark meat takes longer to cook than light meat. Be prepared to move the chicken pieces if a flare-up occurs.
  1. Marinate chicken, if desired, reserving some of the marinade to use as a basting sauce.

  2. Prepare barbecue grill for direct cooking.

  3. Drain chicken, if marinated.

  4. Place chicken on preheated grid.

  5. Grill chicken 6 to 8 inches from heat 15 minutes, brushing frequently with sauce, if desired.

  6. Turn chicken over. Grill 15 minutes more or until chicken is tender and juices run clear, brushing frequently with sauce, if using.

    When grilling chicken quarters, brushing chicken frequently with a flavorful sauce is a great way to add flavor.
    Brushing chicken frequently with a
    tasty sauce is a great way to add flavor.
Find tips on grilling chicken halves and thighs in the next section.

Not what you're looking for? Try these:

  • Chicken Recipes: Chicken is a very versatile food that can take on a variety of different flavors and be used in all kinds of dishes. Find some suggestions on our Chicken Recipes page. 
  • Preparing Chicken: Learn some basic chicken preparation techniques in this article, including how to stuff a chicken, how to marinate chicken, and more. 
  • How to Cook Chicken: Get all the facts on cooking this popular poultry on our How to Cook Chicken page. 
  • Cooking Chicken: Cooking chicken can be a bit difficult because it's imperative that the meat is cooked all the way through. Gather helpful tips at HowStuffWorks.
  • Cooking: Learn the ins and outs of some basic cooking techniques in this helpful article.
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