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Spicy Grilled Italian Chicken

Spicy Grilled Italian Chicken

Combine sweet, flavorful herbs used in Italy with a traditional BBQ sauce for an herb-filled marinade and basting sauce. Luckily, you won’t need a pre-made Italian seasoning spice blend because you probably have most of these seasonings on hand: parsley, basil and oregano. Between the time the chicken breasts spend marinating in the fridge and the time spent basting on the grill, these grill-marked chicken breasts transform into savory and delicious nibbles.

Skinless, boneless chicken breasts are more expensive than their thigh counterpart. But just like buying a steak or pricey piece of fish, they can be worth the cost. The reason why chicken breasts are so expensive is that they don’t have fat and are a tender cut, so they can be cooked quickly. On the other hand, bone-in cuts, whole chickens or shoulders are less expensive, but take longer to cook. The investment is the time.

Keep the Italian theme going by serving with a big salad with fresh tomatoes and olive oil. Or serve over spaghetti squash noodles and sauteed tomatoes!

Spicy Grilled Italian Chicken Recipe

Serves: 4Prep: 1 hCook: 20 min

Protein: 32g / %

Carbs: 11g / %

Fat: 19g / %

Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.


  • 4 to 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Italian BBQ Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp. dried red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Fast Cook Cooking: Grill Dairy-free Nut-free Egg-free Shellfish-free

Chicken preparation


  1. In a jar, combine all the ingredients for the Italian BBQ sauce, season to taste, and stir until well combined.
  2. Season the chicken breasts with sea salt and ground black pepper.
  3. Marinate the chicken with half of the sauce for 1 to 2 hours.
  4. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat.
  5. Remove chicken from marinade and grill for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once in a while, and basting the with remaining sauce.
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