Apricot Glazed Grilled Chicken is quick, easy, and oh so delicious. Add lime for a citrus pop and fresh diced jalapeño and you have a lip smacking dish for your next grill night.
We can’t get enough grilled chicken recipes around here. It’s a weekly staple, and our kids love this healthy protein!
This version spends a couple hours in a buttermilk marinade to tenderize and flavor, then grilled hot and fast and finished with a sweet and spicy apricot lime glaze.
This is a fantastic way to do grilled chicken that’s likely to become your summer favorite.
How to make a buttermilk bath
Simply add buttermilk and your chicken pieces into a large gallon size bag and mix together and place in the fridge for 2-3 hours. After the bath remove the chicken and allow it to dry on a baking rack (in the fridge) for 1 hour. This will help get the skin ready for the grill (and ensure the skin gets nice and crispy instead of soggy from retaining that moisture).
Why is buttermilk a good marinade?
Buttermilk is an acid, and soaking chicken in a buttermilk bath will help to tenderize the meat. It also adds a nice tang to the flavor of the meat. This is a common practice when making fried chicken, but also works great for grilled chicken too.
Is the buttermilk bath necessary?
No. If you don’t have time you can skip this step. BUT if you do have time, we highly recommend it as it will help to create tender and juicy chicken once cooked over the grill!
Next up prepare your apricot glaze. This comes together very quickly. Soften up some shallots and jalapeños, in olive oil, then add garlic, apricot jam, and fresh squeezed lime and mix together to incorporate. Set aside.
Don’t have apricot jam? This works great with mango jam too! Mix and match and try it out with your favorite jam flavor.
To Grill the Chicken
Set your grill up for direct/indirect (or two zone) cooking. If you’re using a gas grill, set it to medium heat.
Place your chicken pieces over direct heat for 4-5 minutes per side, and once they’ve developed a nice crust, move them to the indirect side and continue cooking until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 155 degrees.
Once the meat is close to finish (when it reaches 155 degrees) it’s time to glaze the chicken.
You don’t want to glaze too soon, otherwise you run the risk of burning the chicken since the sauce contains sugar (sugar and flames create burn).
Once the meat reaches 160 – 162 degrees pull the chicken and apply one more layer of glaze on the meat and let it rest 10 – 15 minutes. This allows carry over cooking to bring the internal temperature to 165.
Next is the fun part… time to eat!
Wine Pairing for Grilled Apricot Chicken
Grilled chicken can generally go both ways when finding a wine to pair (red or white wine). But for this recipe, with the sweet and spicy apricot glaze, we’re sticking with white or rosé. My favorite pairing, and your safest bet, is a semi-sweet Riesling or even a Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio. The high fruit flavors of the wine, along with any residual sugar left in it, will compliment the glaze quite well!
A fruity acidic rosé with good acidity will be able to cut through the tender and juicy meat without contrasting too much with the sauce.
Want more Grilled Chicken Recipes
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- Grilled Chicken with a Cranberry Chipotle Citrus Glaze
- Grilled Chicken with Cherry Chipotle BBQ Sauce
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Noah Cheek says
This sounds so amazing…that glaze!!! Can’t wait to try it out!
This looks so good and sounds pretty easy! I am excited to grill this summer.
Sean Martin says
Thank you! Tag us in photos if you make it!!
Even though I’ll be passing on the protein, I’ve always admired your sauces and glazes. This apricot glaze sounds delicious, especially with the addition of jalapeno. Yum!
Sean Martin says
Breona Graper says
Wow, i had no idea that buttermilk would tenderize chicken. These looks so yummy, just in time for grilling during the summer. Thanks so much for sharing. Great photos also.
Sean Martin says
Catherine @ To & Fro Fam says
Yay, I’m so excited for apricot season! I love your idea to add some jalapeno for spice – I’d never have thought about that combination.
Jenni LeBaron says
Buttermilk is my favorite step when prepping a chicken. It imparts such delicious flavors that really makes the chicken spectacular! I also love the glaze you’ve used here. Jalapenos and apricot (or peaches) is also a favorite of mine in the summer!
Susie Weinrich says
I can’t wait to make this. We love grilled chicken at our house and the apricot lime glaze sounds delish, perfect for summer!
Erin @ Platings and Pairings says
A buttermilk bath AND an apricot glaze?! I can only imagine that these are stellar! So many delicious flavors going on!
This chicken recipe looks delicious, and I love that it’s grilled so I get my husband in on the cooking action. He loves the grill. Thank you for including the wine pairings, that’s so sweet! I’m a riesling girl so that’s perfect.