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Grilled Garlic Chicken on white plate with a salad in the background.

Garlic Grilled Chicken

This garlic grilled chicken recipe is started in a garlic brine, brushed with a black pepper garlic oil and then grilled to perfection. See the recipe here!
Prep Time 4 hrs
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 243 kcal



  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt plus 3/4 teaspoons divided
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 lemon cut in half
  • 10 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup avocado or canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 8 - 10 chicken drumsticks


  • Combine 1 quart water, 1/2 cup kosher salt and brown sugar together in a pot. Heat over medium heat just until the sugar and salt dissolve. Pour in remaining quart of cold water. Add in lemon, garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon granulated garlic and whole peppercorns. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Place chicken in a one gallon resealable plastic bag. Place bag inside a large bowl.
  • Pour brine over the top of chicken, seal and refrigerate for at least 2 hours but not more than 4.
  • Heat the grill to 425 degrees.
  • Discard the brine and carefully rinse and pat dry the chicken.
  • Combine avocado oil, remaining salt, granulated garlic and black pepper. Use a pastry brush and brush all over chicken.
  • Cook chicken skin side down, for 5 minutes. Reduce heat down to 350. Continue cooking chicken for 10 minutes or until it easily releases from the grill. Flip and continue cooking for another 10 - 15 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted reads 165 degrees and the juices run clear. Serve.


Nutrition facts for estimation purposes only.


Calories: 243kcalCarbohydrates: 9.7gProtein: 17.6gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 1.8gCholesterol: 54mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 6.5g
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