Grilled Apricot Glazed Chicken on a cream colored plate

This Apricot-Glazed Chicken is an easy grilled recipe perfect for summer barbecues and picnics. The chicken is coated with a tangy apricot glaze and then cooked over an indirect heat, allowing the meat to cook to perfection.

Overhead view of a plate with grilled chicken legs and potato salad with a strawberry to the left of the chicken

This is a great recipe to make on the grill over indirect heat. The sauce is infused into the chicken as it slowly cooks over the fire

Cooking Raw Chicken on the Grill

I have always been fearful of cooking raw chicken on the grill. There is nothing worse than cutting into a piece of chicken that hasn’t fully cooked and is still pink and raw on the inside. That is why, for the most part, I always would parboil my chicken before grilling it.

However, I read about grilling meat over an indirect heat to allow it to cook fully and yet not burn the outside. I decided to give indirect grilling a try and see how I would do with it. The results turned out delicious and I decided to share this recipe and experience with my readers.

partially cooked chicken legs on the grill

How to Grill over Indirect Heat

If your grilling over indirect heat, you may wonder how to get the grill marks on the meat! It’s very simple, and I am happy to share with you how to grill over indirect heat until your meat is cooked to perfection.

To Prepare the grill for indirect grilling on a gas grill, heat one side of the grill to medium-high and leave the other side with no heat.

If using a charcoal grill, arrange hot coals on one side of charcoal grate, leaving the other side empty.

To begin, the meat will be cooked for 5 minutes on each side over direct flame. Once the meat has seared and grill marks have been made, the meat is place on the side of the grill with no flame to continue cooking.

It is important to keep the lid of the grill closed when cooking over indirect heat. This allows the heat to remain trapped and cook the meat as if it were in an oven!

Grilled Apricot Glazed Chicken Legs on a plate with a strawberry in the background

What you need to make Apricot Glazed Chicken

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A gas or charcoal grill: I love the results of both, but when cooking on the grill myself I much prefer a gas grill and this is the one I use.

Chicken: I used drumsticks, but you can use chicken breast or thighs if you wish. This recipe serves 4 people so you need at 1 pound of chicken.

Apricot preserves

Red Wine Vinegar give this sauce the tang and helps to tenderize the chicken as it cooks.

Make this Grilled chicken recipe your own

  • Give the sauce a little Asian touch use soy sauce instead of vinegar. I would reduce the amount of soy sauce to 1 tablespoon.
  • Use peach preserves or orange marmalade in place of apricot jam.
  • Remove the skin from the chicken prior to cooking, the meat will still turn out tender and juicy!

Other Grilled Recipes you may like

Blueberry, Blue Cheese, and Pecan Grilled Romaine Salad

Caprese Venison Burger

Steak with Grilled Corn Avocado Salad
Steak with Grilled Avocado Corn Salad

Chipotle Beer Grilled Chicken

Cilantro Lime Grilled Pork Chops

Firemen’s Field Day Chicken Barbecue

Chipotle Beer Grilled Chicken

Grilled Reuben Burgers

Steak with Grilled Corn Avocado Salad

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Grilled Apricot Glazed Chicken on a cream colored plate
Yield: 4

Grilled Apricot Glazed Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A delicious sweet and tangy glazed coat chicken that is cooked over indirect heat.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken drumsticks
  • 3 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the apricot preserves, red wine vinegar, olive oil and minced garlic. Apricot Glaze on a spoon
  2. Prepare the grill for indirect grilling (see notes below). Sprinkle the chicken evenly with salt and pepper. Place chicken, meaty sides down, on grill rack coated with cooking spray over direct heat; grill 5 minutes or until browned. Chicken drumsticks on a white plate with salt and pepper sprinkled on top
  3. Turn the chicken over and brush with apricot mixture. Grill 5 minutes over direct heat or until browned. brushing chicken with apricot sauce
  4. Turn the chicken over, moving it over indirect heat. Brush the chicken with more apricot mixture. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Repeat this step one more time cooking the chicken for 20 minutes more or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. cooked chicken on the grill

Notes

How to Grill over Indirect Heat

If your grilling over indirect heat, you may wonder how to get the grill marks on the meat! Its very simple, and I am happy to share with you how to grill over indirect heat until your meat is cooked to perfection.

To Prepare the grill for indirect grilling on a gas grill, heat one side of the grill to medium-high and leave the other side with no heat.

If using a charcoal grill, arrange hot coals on one side of charcoal grate, leaving the other side empty.

To begin, the meat will be cooked for 5 minutes on each side over direct flame. Once the meat has seared and grill marks have been made, the meat is place on the side of the grill with no flame to continue cooking.

It is important to keep the lid of the grill closed when cooking over indirect heat. This allows the heat to remain trapped and cook the meat as if it were in an oven!

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 293Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 144mgSodium 382mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 0gSugar 7gProtein 27g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.

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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.

39 Comments

  1. Coleen's Recipes June 11, 2009 at 6:28 am - Reply

    This looks absolutely delightful. I get quite tired of the same old barbeque sauced grilling. This sounds wonderful.

  2. maybelle's mom June 11, 2009 at 11:12 am - Reply

    I love fruit in barbeque sauce. Yum.

  3. Linda June 11, 2009 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Looks wonderful, HoneyB–and you give the WW points too! We usually marinate our chicken breasts before we grill, but this looks so simple.

    Glad Grumpy got a "red" truck!

  4. Patsyk June 11, 2009 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I love a glaze like that! CL is so great about instructions so that you an cook the dish properly.

  5. RecipeGirl June 11, 2009 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Looks wonderful! It's funny bc I think I have a very similar recipe that is baked instead of grilled (and it may also be CL… I guess they probably cycle through similar recipes quite a bit). I love the summer recipes coming out right now in all of the magazines. I've been clipping away!

  6. Anonymous June 11, 2009 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    The chicken looks great. I never have good luck when cooking chicken on the grill, i always burn it. So my kids have banned me from cooking chicken on the grill. But i may have to try your recipe. Keep those cooking light recipes coming. Great job

    Sue B.

  7. Bellini Valli June 11, 2009 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    So glad you were able to share this amazing grilled chicken dish with family as well as friends Shelby. Excellent choice!!!

  8. Cristine June 11, 2009 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    That looks perfect for a summer BBQ!

    Sorry I have been MIA lately… for some reason I haven't been able to view your blog on Nathan's laptop and have been too lazy to turn on my dinosaur of a desktop! LOL! 🙂

  9. NanaLana June 11, 2009 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Wow. This looks so yummy and pleasantly different from the standard grilled chicken with bbq sauce. I'll give this one a try soon!

  10. Katy ~ June 11, 2009 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    I love apricot glazing. Bet this was so sweet and delicious! Smacking my lips.

  11. Josie June 11, 2009 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    I love sweet glazes on meat… I might have to give this one a try.

  12. the ungourmet June 11, 2009 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    I've never made chicken like this either. It looks terrific. I love the apricot in the recipe!

  13. Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" June 11, 2009 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    I didn't know you were doing this! How fun! I used to get CL yrs ago and have found a few go to recipes from them.
    This chicken recipe sounds great! I'll have to see what others you've posted about…

  14. Lynda June 11, 2009 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    This chicken looks perfect and I love the apricot sauce that you used! I made a similar apricot chicken a few weeks ago, so I know that yours was amazing!

  15. Delectable Dining June 11, 2009 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    I make a similar version in the oven… can't wait to try this one on the grill. Sounds so good!

  16. Reeni♥ June 11, 2009 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Apricot sauce sounds so delicious on chicken! It looks wonderful!

  17. Natalie June 11, 2009 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    i'm still hoping to win that subscription! 🙂 your chicken looks delicious! I just made apricot bars with my apricot preserves, so now I'll have to go get some more!

    (natalie.mclaury@gmail.com)

  18. teresa June 11, 2009 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    This dish actually ended up in my meal plan, I'm making it tonight! I'm excited to hear the good review!

  19. CaptnRachel aka Tha Pizza Cutta June 11, 2009 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    I love the tang of apricot and I bet you could add some red pepper for that knockout combo of savory/sweet/spicy.

    I don't know if this is where you to post to enter the giveaway, but if it is, then consider me entered! 🙂

  20. Creative One June 11, 2009 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Randy and I enjoyed sharing such a delicious dinner with you and Grumpy. Now it is my turn to cook dinner for us all.

  21. Carrian June 11, 2009 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    I'll for sure give this one a try. We have a very similar recipe, but sometimes a small change can make it totally different. Sounds delicious

  22. lola June 11, 2009 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    this looks great!

  23. etirv June 11, 2009 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    I love this recipe, thanks!

  24. Birdsong Designs June 11, 2009 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    Looks tasty!

  25. Stephanie-Oh June 12, 2009 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Ohhh Sounds so good/ Love grilled chicken.Will definitely try this weekend. Thanks foe the opportunity to win sub. to Cooking Light.

  26. CookiePie June 12, 2009 at 1:21 am - Reply

    That chicken looks so yummy!!

  27. Juliana June 12, 2009 at 3:17 am - Reply

    This chicken looks great…can only imagine the flavor…I love fruity flavor in chicken…yummie! Nice pictures as well.

  28. J.Danger June 12, 2009 at 5:27 am - Reply

    looks like fun! and that chicken looks great!

  29. Marthe June 12, 2009 at 10:52 am - Reply

    This looks delicious!! One of the first things I bought after arriving in Canada this week was picking up the June 2009 Cooking Light issue and a Cooking Light special: 5 ingredients in 15 minutens.

  30. Amy J. June 12, 2009 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Yum, that looks great, and reminds me that we need to grill out more in this warmer weather!

  31. alwayswinner786 June 12, 2009 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    BBQ chicken with apricot sauce heavenly delicious!

  32. tastyeatsathome June 12, 2009 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Sounds so yummy, perfect for weeknight BBQ!

  33. Helene June 12, 2009 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Your chicken looks delicious. I like the idea of adding apricot sauce. That must had just the right amount of sweeteness to the chicken. This is bookmarked. Love the pics and that truck is nice.

  34. nora@ffr June 12, 2009 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    yummm!! love chicken specially ven roasted.. yes look amazing and gonna try ye way soon with apricot sauce.. yumm yumm!! first visit and m loving ye blog.. keep it up!!
    cheers!!

  35. Ingrid June 12, 2009 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    I hear ya about being paranoid of undercooking chicken which is why I always overcook it and my poor children think they don't like chicken. 🙁
    ~ingrid

  36. Meghan June 12, 2009 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    OMG… looks delish!

  37. Maria June 13, 2009 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Hubs will love this one!

  38. Laurel June 15, 2009 at 9:55 am - Reply

    I made this too! As soon as it saw it on myrecipes, it went on my to make list.

  39. Tangled Noodle June 16, 2009 at 1:50 am - Reply

    I am so ready to gnaw on that drumstick right now! I will say it again – I love sweet and savory (and grilled to boot)!

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