Lucy's Grilled Chicken with Mustard Sauce

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Resting Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 55 mins
Course Barbecue and Grilling, Main Dishes
Servings 6
Calories 544 kcal


Calories: 544 kcalCarbohydrates: 34 gProtein: 54 gFat: 32 gSaturated Fat: 14 gCholesterol: 208 mgSodium: 2694 mgFiber: 6 gSugar: 33 gVitamin A: 10.175 IUCalcium: 66 mgIron: 14 mg


  • 6 whole chicken leg
  • 6 whole chicken thigh
  • 2 qt water
  • 2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 oz Fresh thyme chopped (6 sprigs)
  • 1 cup yellow mustard
  • ½ cup cider cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoon butter


  • For brine: Combine water, salt, brown sugar, and thyme in a plastic storage bag, stainless steel bowl, or any vessel large enough to ensure chicken is covered with the brine. Stir to dissolve salt and sugar.
  • Add chicken to the liquid. Make sure all of the chicken pieces are covered with water. Allow chicken to brine in the refrigerator for 2 hours. If you are short on time, still do this step, even if it is only for 20 minutes. (This process will add flavor, tenderize the meat and help it stay moist during cooking. The salt in the solution penetrates the meat and breaks down the proteins, causing the chicken to be more tender)
  • For mustard sauce: Combine mustard, apple cider vinegar, water, brown sugar, honey, lemon juice, Worcestershire, cayenne pepper, and butter in a sauce pan. Simmer for 30 minutes, whisking every 5 minutes or so.
  • Remove chicken from brine and pat dry with paper towels. Grill over medium heat 20 minutes, turning half way through cooking time.
  • Move chicken off direct heat to the other side of the grill and brush with mustard sauce. Continue cooking 20 more minutes or until internal temperature reaches 155 degrees and juices run clear
  • Serve with additional mustard sauce.
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