VFW Chicken

Growing up, we didn’t go out to eat much. Taking six people out anywhere gets expensive, so eating out was always a treat. But every summer the local VFW hosted a HUGE grilled chicken fundraiser. I have yet to see BBQ pits that large anywhere else. We would drive almost half an hour to pick up chicken quarters. Part of the fun was trying (and usually failing) not to sneak little nibbles from the foil packets.

With Leo’s reenlistment coming up, this chicken has been on my mind a lot recently. We are having a barbecue after the ceremony and I wanted to bring this part of my childhood to Guam just for this party. I tried everything from contacting the VFW directly to asking some of my high school contacts if they knew anyone who could get me in touch with someone from the VFW to help with the ingredients. No one could help me. As a last resort I tried a Google search. I should have tried that first. A simple list of six ingredients popped up almost immediately. That will teach me I guess.

Since I’ve had a few people asking me to share the recipe if and when I find it, I am posting it here. I tried it out on chicken breasts tonight. This is not my recipe. You can find the original here. Sooooo good!!!


Combine all the marinade ingredients and reserve half. Marinade the chicken in half the marinade for a few hours or overnight. Grill over a medium flame, basting every 5 minutes, until juices run clear.

Try it out and let me know how it stacks up to the chicken you remember!

VFW Chicken

VFW Chicken


  • 2 chicken breasts or 2 bone-in skin on chicken quarters
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 5 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 egg white, well beaten


  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until the oil is emulsified.
  2. Reserve half the marinade, and let the chicken marinade a few hours or overnight.
  3. Grill until juices run clear, basting with the reserved marinade every few minutes.
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2 thoughts on “VFW Chicken

  1. You do not expose the chicken to the sauce until you start cooking it; then you baste the chicken with the sauce repeatedly while you grill it. I grew up in Upstate New York, and this was frequently made at summer church socials and fire department picnics.

    1. Thanks! I will update the posting. Believe it or not this was the only thing I could find about this particular chicken recipe, which is a shame since this really is one of the best types of BBQ chicken I have ever had.

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