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Grilled Mississippi Chicken

This Grilled Mississippi Chicken recipe makes the most flavorful and juicy grilled chicken ever! With just 5-ingredients, achieve the same tangy, savory flavors in a Mississippi pot roast but infused into delicious grilled chicken! Paleo and Whole30 option.

grilled mississippi chicken

Do you love the tangy, succulent and savory flavors of a melt-in-your mouth Mississippi pot roast? Same! But I’m not always in the mood for beef -so today, I’m sharing how to make grilled chicken loaded with that same incredible flavor.

Why is Mississippi pot roast so good?

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to enjoy a comforting bowl of the Internet sensation that is a Mississippi pot roast, you know how incredible the aromas and flavors are but why is it so good? It’s all about the flavor forward secret ingredients that make a tender pot roast – ranch dressing seasoning, au jus seasoning and tangy pepperocinis!

A home cook from Mississippi used these odd combination of ingredients to make a roast and lucky for the rest of us, it worked! Compared to classic slow-cooked pot roast recipes, Mississippi roasts are extra zesty with a touch of tang.

Now imagine all of that zesty, tangy flavor infused into juicy bites of grilled chicken because that’s exactly what this delicious grilled chicken variation is all about!

💗 Why You’ll Love Mississippi Roast Grilled Chicken

  • It’s delicious. Make tender grilled chicken with Mississippi roast flavor.
  • There are only 5-ingredients needed to make this simple dish and paleo and Whole30 ingredient options are included.
  • Low carb and keto-friendly.
  • Great for meal prep! Grill up a big batch to have a flavorful protein on hand.

📝 Ingredients

To make Mississippi grilled chicken inspired by traditional Mississippi pot roast ingredients you’ll need:

  • Chicken Breast (boneless, skinless) – You can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
  • Ranch Dressing (or dried ranch seasoning) – adds zesty flavor.
  • Au Jus Seasoning Packet – adds flavor forward, rich, savory taste.
  • Pepperoncini Peppers and Juice (from jar) – adds tang and texture.
grilled mississippi chicken ingredients

📖 How to Make Mississippi Chicken on the Grill

Follow these easy-to-follow steps to make Mississippi chicken on the grill.

1️⃣ Prep chicken breast:
With a sharp knife, trim any excess fat from the chicken. Filet or pound out into 1/2″ thickness.

2️⃣ Marinate chicken:
In a large resealable bag, add chicken, ranch dressing, au jus packet, pepperoncini peppers and the juice. Toss around in the bag to coat and then marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (up to 24 hours).

3️⃣ Let chicken sit at room temperature:
Before grilling, let the marinated chicken sit out at room temperature to take some of the chill off and promote even cooking.

4️⃣ Preheat grill:
Meanwhile, preheat grill between 350 and 400 degrees. While the grill preheats, let the bag of chicken rest at room temperature.

5️⃣ Grill chicken:
With tongs, remove marinated chicken from the bag, shake off an excess and transfer directly to preheated grill. Grill for 8 to 10 minutes, flipping halfway through or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

6️⃣ Let chicken rest and serve:
Remove chicken from heat and transfer to a cutting board. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing (or serving whole) and serving. Enjoy.

👩🏻‍🍳 Chef’s Tips

  • Be sure to cut chicken into equal sizes and shapes or pound the breasts out to a 1/2″ thickness.
  • You should definitely let the chicken marinate for at least a half hour. For the best flavor, marinate chicken overnight.

🍽️ What goes with Mississippi Chicken?

This grilled chicken is a flavorful main protein. It is delicious served as a grilled chicken sandwich, in a wrap, over a salad or with the following healthy sides:

♨️ Oven-Baked Mississippi Chicken

This easy marinated chicken recipe can also be made in the oven. Marinate the chicken according to the grilling directions and then:

1️⃣ Preheat oven to 400 degree and place marinated chicken on a rimmed baking sheet.

2️⃣ Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes (flipping halfway through) or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

3️⃣ Remove from oven and transfer to a cutting board. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing (or serving whole) and serving.

🍎 Paleo & Whole30 Mississippi Chicken

With these simple swaps, this Mississippi chicken can be made paleo and Whole30 compliant.

  • Coconut Aminos 🔀 instead of au jus seasoning packet.
  • Pepperoncini Peppers – Double check the ingredients and be sure to use a brand that is compliant.
  • Ranch Dressing 🔀 Make homemade ranch seasoning mix or use your favorite store-bought Whole30 approved dressing or seasoning packet such as:
whole30 mississippi chicken

♻️ Storing & Freezing

Storing: Let chicken cool completely and store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

Freezing Marinated Chicken: To freeze marinated chicken, add prepped chicken and remaining ingredients to a freezer-safe zip-top bag. Press out as much air as possible, seal and gently toss the bag around to coat the chicken in marinade. Store in freezer for 6 to 8 weeks. Thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours before grilling or baking.

📝NOTE: While you can freeze cooked Mississippi chicken for 2 to 3 months, reheating it without drying it out is challenging and not recommended.

❔FAQ

Can I use chicken thighs?

Mississippi roast marinade is great on any cut of chicken (thighs, tenders, wings, drums, etc).

Is Mississippi chicken spicy?

No, it is not spicy. Pepperoncini peppers are a very mild, tangy chili pepper.

Can I use brown gravy mix instead of au jus?

You can substitute a beef gravy mix or a dry onion soup mix if you don’t have au jus mix.

Can I cook Mississippi chicken in a skillet?

Yes. Over medium-high heat, warm 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil. Working in batches, pan-fry marinated chicken breasts for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until cooked through.

More Grilled Recipes

Crispy Grilled Chicken Wings
Easy Grilled Zucchini
Grilled Potato Salad
Thick Cut Grilled BBQ Pork Chops

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grilled mississippi chicken

Grilled Mississippi Chicken

This Grilled Mississippi Chicken is the most flavorful and juicy grilled chicken ever! Achieve the same tangy, savory flavors in a Mississippi pot roast but infused into delicious grilled chicken! Paleo and Whole30 option.
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Servings: 4
Calories: 148kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken breast (boneless, skinless) or thighs
  • ½ cup ranch dressing or ranch seasoning packet
  • 1 au jus seasoning packet
  • 4 pepperoncini peppers
  • ⅓ cup pepperoncini pepper juice

Instructions

  • With a sharp knife, trim any excess fat from the chicken. Filet or pound out into 1/2" thickness.
  • In a large resealable bag, add chicken, ranch dressing, au jus packet, pepperoncini peppers and the juice. Toss around in the bag to coat and then marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (up to 24 hours).
  • Before grilling, let the marinated chicken sit out at room temperature to take some of the chill off and promote even cooking.
  • Meanwhile, preheat grill between 350 and 400 degrees. While the grill preheats, let the bag of chicken rest at room temperature.
  • With tongs, remove marinated chicken from the bag, shake off an excess and transfer directly to preheated grill. Grill for 8 to 10 minutes, flipping halfway through or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  • Remove chicken from heat and transfer to a cutting board. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing (or serving whole) and serving. Enjoy.

Notes

🍎Whole30 Mississippi Chicken

With these simple swaps, this Mississippi chicken can be made paleo and Whole30 compliant.
  • 2 tablespoons of Coconut Aminos : instead of au jus seasoning packet.
  • Pepperoncini Peppers: Double check the ingredients and be sure to use a brand that is compliant.
  • Ranch Dressing: Make homemade ranch seasoning mix or use your favorite store-bought Whole30 approved dressing or seasoning packet like:
    • Primal Kitchens
    • Tessemae’s
    • Sir Kensington’s
    • Primal Palate Seasoning Mix

Nutrition

Serving: 8oz | Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 330mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

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