Make Delicious BBQ Chicken at Home

Grilled chickenOnce summer arrives, so do chicken barbecues! Nothing quite beats the flavor of chicken grilled over hot coals using a secret marinade. You might be surprised to learn, though, that the marinade is not so secret. In fact, many of the chicken barbecues held over the summer use a time-honored recipe from Cornell University. Dr. Robert C. Baker, a Cornell University poultry and food science professor, developed the recipe in 1946. It became known as “State Fair Chicken.” Here is the recipe for you to enjoy this summer!

Cornell Chicken Marinade


  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 1 pint apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg


  • Beat egg, add oil, and beat again. Add all other ingredients and stir until all are well incorporated. Marinade can be stored in a glass jar in refrigerator for several weeks.
  • When using this sauce, baste the chicken each time you turn it. You should turn the chicken over hot coals every five to 10 minutes. Chicken should read at least 165ºF on a meat thermometer placed in breast and thigh. As with any other chicken recipe, make sure you handle safely to avoid food-borne illnesses.

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