Grilled BBQ Orange Chicken Recipe

We’ll let you in on a little classified info: pair Grilla Grills’ rub and award-winning barbecue sauce together and you get a packed punch of flavor that can’t be beat. Throw that on well-smoked chicken to finish it off. Secret’s out: this is your new favorite Grilled BBQ Orange Chicken Recipe recipe.


  • 1 whole 5-lb (or larger) chicken
  • 1 24-oz jar orange marmalade
  • 1 TB fresh ginger
  • 2 TB red pepper flakes
  • ¼ C Grilla AP Rub
  • 3 TB Grilla BBQ Sauce


If you want to save cook time, you may want to start by spatch-cocking the chicken. This will cut about 20 percent off of the cook time. If you prefer the presentation of a whole bird leave whole. Preheat your Grilla to 275 degrees.

In a small sauce pan, melt the orange marmalade on low. Add the BBQ sauce and ginger to this mixture.

Coat the chicken with the rub and place on the grill. If you spatch cooked the bird, start with the skin-side up for cooking. Flip the bird over halfway through cooking. If you left it whole, then you will cook breast-side up for the whole cook.

Your cooking time will vary depending on size of bird, but you want to cook until all parts of the bird reach an internal temp of 165 degrees. If you plan on pulling the meat apart then you want to take the temp to at least 175 degrees. Your total cook time for a whole bird will be just over 2 hours.

During the last 20 minutes of cooking, coat the bird with the marmalade mixture in 10-minute intervals. If you have some leftover, that is fine—it’s great to dip the meat into if you pull the meat from the bird.

A Brief History of Orange BBQ Chicken

The Internet is swarming with orange BBQ chicken recipes. Why? Orange and chicken make a dynamic duo, and their resulting flavor is off the charts. Honestly, we’re not even sure who first invented the orange BBQ chicken recipe. We just know it’s popular — and for obvious reasons.

First, take the history of the barbecue. Barbecues, at least in the way Americans view them, consist of meat cooked over a grill or pit and lathered in basting sauce and spices. The word “barbecue” comes from a Caribbean Indian tribe called the Taino. This tribe used to grill all sorts of meat on raised wooden grates and called it barbacoa. Since then, the popularity of grills spread like a flame (no pun intended).

As for orange chicken, Chef Andy Kao claims to have developed the original Chinese-American orange chicken recipe in 1987 in Hawaii.

Creative Ways to Serve Orange BBQ Chicken

If you’re a Grilla Grill smoker enthusiast looking for an impressive side dish, worry not. Grilla Grills has you covered. Some of our favorite side dishes to pair with grilled barbecue orange chicken include:

  • Crunchy quinoa
  • Couscous with orange
  • Braised kale
  • Boston “baked” beans
  • Double-pepper cornbread stuffing
  • Glazed carrots
  • Cranberry-orange cornbread stuffing (or any type of stuffing, for that matter)
  • Roasted sweet potatoes and mushroom

Feed a Crowd With Orange Barbecue Chicken on the Grill

The next time the kids are hungry or you’re expecting company, pull out this orange BBQ chicken recipe. Trust us. It will make anyone happy, no matter what age. Barbecue chicken slow-cooked in a wood pellet smoker will make you a backyard superstar.

If you want to take your outdoor barbecue game to the next level, why not try grilling this orange BBQ chicken recipe on a double-wall grill like the Grilla Silverbacoriginal Grilla or a kamado grill like the Grilla Kong? You’ll get even heat distribution and efficient pellet burn that’s unlike any other grill on the market


Referenced Products

Grilla Wood Pellet Smoker Grill

The Grilla Pro wood pellet smoker grill features convection grilling airflow for Pro-Smoke barbecue smoke flavor. Grilla's EvenTemp Chamber, Keep Heat Swing Lid and Never Flare Flavor Disk produce a consistent heat and smoke level in the cooking chamber.

All Purpose Rub 12 oz.

If you're looking to add versatility and flavor to your BBQ, grab a bottle of Grilla Grills All Purpose Rub. Recommended by pro team grill members, Grilla Grills All Purpose BBQ Rub contains the perfect blend of spices to up your grillin' game.

Thick & Bold Sauce 18 oz.

The Pitmaster’s award winning Thick & Bold sauce is the perfect pairing for beef, chicken, and pork. The delicately blended sauce firsts tastes sweet & savory, followed by a punch to the taste buds full of flavor. It won’t take you long to understand why it’s a favorite both at home and in competition. Only $7.99!
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