There is something about grilling over charcoal that leads people to believe it takes hours. That’s not really the case at all. With the quick light of our Halftime Chimney Starter and the even heat of the Kettleman grill grates, cooking over the coals on a busy weeknight is a breeze. This char-grilled BBQ chicken with grilled apples meal is perfect at producing juice grilled chicken off the grill in under 30 minutes and only takes 7 ingredients! The side dish of the tart granny smith apples really shines with the heat bringing out a bonus sweet flavor and tenderness, making them the perfect side. Want to get fancy, throw in some onion rings on the grill too. Onions and apples pair perfectly with chicken and some of your favorite slaw and fresh cornbread on the side make this a homemade weeknight triumph!
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- ½ cup olive oil, plus 2 tbs
- 2 tbs paprika
- 1 tbs cumin
- Salt and pepper
- 2 granny smith apples
- Prep your kettle smoker with charcoal and grease the grate.
- Pat the chicken dry. Whisk the ½ cup olive oil, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper in a bowl. Place in a sealable bag and add the chicken. Seal that bag and fold over the top. Message the chicken in the bag to evenly coat it.
- When the kettleman has come to temperature, arrange the chicken off to the side of the direct heat and cover. Cook for 10 minutes or so, depending on the thickness of the chicken, before flipping to cook another 10 minutes until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F with an instant read thermometer.
- While the chicken rests, slide the apples into thin wedges. Toss the apples in the remaining 2 tbs oil. Create a ring around the center of the grill, away from the direct heat, and grill the apple slices, 3 to 5 minutes until just beginning to get grill marks on both sides. Remove from grill.
- Slice the chicken and arrange on a platter with the apples. Drizzle and accumulated juices over the chicken and serve with slaw and cornbread if desired.