Grilled Half Chickens

grilled half chickens on the weber kettle

Half Chickens vs Whole Chickens

Tonight we are grilling a whole chicken on the grill, with one catch…. we are splitting the chicken in half to make the process easier.  Sometimes making the process easier sacrifices results, but not in this case.  I actually enjoy half-chickens just as much as roasted whole chickens.  It allows for uniform cooking and extremely juicy tender meat.  If you like chicken you will love this.  If you are on the fence about chicken, this recipe will move you to the chicken side of the fence.  The delicious side with crispy skin. 

The chicken turns out crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.  This will cure you of craving fried chicken on a regular basis. Let’s get started on creating a perfect grilled half chicken…

If you prefer to watch videos, check out my video below with all the same instructions…. 

Splitting a Whole Chicken

To split the chicken, you need a nice sharp knife with some heft to it.  The best way to do it is to cut through the chicken just right or left of center.  By going just left of right, you avoid most of the breast bone and it is a little easier to cut through.  I find using a serrated edged knife works a little better too.  Now, just commit and slice through with some aggression! 

cutting a chicken in half with a knife
split chickens

Seasoning the Chicken Halfs

After you tackle splitting the chicken, season your half chickens on both sides heavily with a delicious rub.  Tonight I am using my Good Lov’n Everything Rub.  It brings a little love to everything it touches.  It is truly good on about everything and works great on chicken.  Rub heavily and get the grill started for indirect heat at 400 degrees.

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Grilling the Half Chickens

Once the grill is hot, put the chicken on the indirect heat side of the grill, skin side down.  Cook for 20 min and then flip skin side up.  Cook for another 20 min and then rotate the chicken for even cooking.  Cook for another 20-30 minutes and then check internal temperature.  Pull the chicken off when at 165 F or cook a little longer if you want the skin crispier.  Then pull off the grill to rest for 10 minutes.

Cut into pieces for serving and enjoy the flavor of the grill.  This will NOT be your last Half Chicken on the Grill, I would bet.

rubbed and grilled chicken halfs

Grilled Half Chickens

Split a whole chicken in half to create the most delicious chicken that is easy to cook in one hour.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, BBQ, Grilling
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 2 -3
Author Keegan


  • 3-5 lb Whole Chicken

2-3 Tablespoons of Good Lov'n BBQ Rub

  • 12 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons Seasoned Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Celery Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Onion Powder
  • 4 Tablespoons Paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons Ancho Chile
  • 2 Tablespoons Black Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Thyme
  • 2 teaspoons Rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Mustard Powder


  1. Cut Chicken in Half
  2. Rinse Chicken with water and dry off
  3. Rub all sides heavily with BBQ Rub

  4. Heat grill to 350 - 400 degrees

  5. Grill skin side down over indirect heat for 20 min
  6. Flip and grill skin side up over indirect heat for 20 min
  7. Rotate, still skin side up and grill for 25 min.  Pull off of grill when internal temperature reaches 165 F in the breast and thigh, or leave on if you want the skin crispier. 

  8. Let rest for 10 minutes
  9. Cut into pieces and serve

Want this Amazing BBQ Rub and others that will take your Backyard BBQ to the Next Level?  Download my favorite Everyday BBQ Rub Recipes below…. 

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2 thoughts on “Grilled Half Chickens

  1. Made this tonight. The rub is excellent! Flavor was excellent and juicy. Yours looked much better than mine though. Keep up the fantastic recipes.

    1. thanks man! were you using gas or charcoal? I love the simple weber setup for chicken. Seems to always come out better than a gas grill.

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Hi, my name is Keegan Lare. I love to create delicious grilled and smoked food, bursting with bold flavors. I also love to see my friends and family try something tasty and new. It is in this spirit that I created Seared & Smoked. Leave me a message and i’ll get back to you as soon as I can.