How to Parboil and Grill Chicken Quarters

While you may want grilled chicken quarters for dinner some evening, you may not want to stand over a hot grill all night. Not to worry. When you parboil or partially boil your chicken prior to laying it on a hot grill, you cut your grilling time to a minimum and cut out the chance of serving partially cooked meat. You can parboil and grill chicken quarters remarkably easily, provided you have the right tools.

Cut your cooking time by parboiling chicken before grilling it.

Things You'll Need

  • Chicken quarters

  • Stockpot, large

  • Water

  • 3 Tbs. seasoning salt

  • 3 Tbs. garlic powder

  • Cayenne pepper

  • Salt

  • Grill, pre-lit

  • Tongs

  • Meat thermometer

Step 1

Rinse the chicken quarters under cool water and place them in a large stock pot.

Step 2

Cover the chicken quarters with cold water. Add about 3 Tbs. seasoning salt and 3 Tbs. garlic powder to the pot. This will season the meat as it cooks, as well as seasoning the broth you are creating.

Step 3

Place the pot on a burner turned to medium heat. Boil for 7 minutes. Do not cook the meat all the way; you will finish cooking it on a grill.

Step 4

Turn the heat off and place the chicken quarters in a single layer on a tray. Sprinkle cayenne pepper and salt on both sides of the chicken.

Step 5

Place the chicken on a preheated grill. Close the lid and let the meat cook for about 8 minutes. If you have chicken remaining in your stock pot, repeat Step 4.

Step 6

Flip the chicken, close the lid and allow it to cook for another 8 minutes. The meat is finished cooking when clear fluid runs out when you poke it or a thermometer inserted by the thigh reads 165 degrees F.


Brush the chicken quarters with your favorite barbecue sauce during the final 5 minutes cooking time.