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Grilled Spicy Orange Chicken legs
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Grilled Spicy Orange Chicken

Grilled Spicy Orange Chicken is the perfect combination of sweet, tangy and spicy and is guaranteed to make your BBQ chicken the star of any backyard get together. Tender chicken basted with homemade spicy orange barbecue sauce, this Grilled Spicy Orange Chicken is the best BBQ recipe you will serve up this summer! | A Wicked Whisk | https://www.awickedwhisk.com
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 357.5kcal


  • 1 each whole chicken, cut up

Spicy Orange BBQ Sauce

  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic diced
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 each jalapeno diced
  • 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp ancho pepper powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper powder
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/ tsp onion powder
  • 18 oz orange marmalade
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce


To Make The Spicy Orange BBQ Sauce

  • Start in a medium sized sauce pan, add olive oil and heat over medium heat
  • Add diced jalapeno and saute for 2 minutes. Add in garlic and cook for another minute. Pour in ketchup, marmalade, vinegar, soy sauce, orange juice and remaining spices. Bring to a low boil and then lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes. 
  • Pour BBQ sauce through a small screen strainer to remove jalapeno and garlic pieces (or don't if they don't bother you) and then allow sauce to come to room temperature.

To Grill The Chicken

  • For the chicken, rinse and pat dry chicken pieces and then season all sides with salt.  
  • Heat your grill to medium hot and start your larger chicken in the middle of the grill with the smaller pieces more on the outside, flipping your larger pieces after 5 minutes and then after another 5 minutes, move the chicken to the outer edge of the grill. Cover with lid and let cook for another 10 minutes per side and then check for doneness. The safe internal temperature for cooked chicken is 165°.
  • Put 1/2 of the Spicy Orange BBQ sauce in a small bowl, for drizzling and serving and set aside. 
  • Baste your chicken with the remaining Spicy Orange Barbecue Sauce and let grill for another 5 minutes. Move the Grilled Spicy Orange Chicken to a serving dish and baste again with the reserved BBQ sauce


This BBQ can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator.  Heat for 1 minute on High in the microwave before using.. stir to loosen the sauce, it will get very thick when refrigerated because of the marmalade.


Serving: 8ea | Calories: 357.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 70.2g | Protein: 7.9g | Fat: 7.3g | Saturated Fat: 1.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.3g | Cholesterol: 18.3mg | Sodium: 600.5mg | Potassium: 102.3mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 55.5g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 18.1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 0.4mg