How to Grill Chicken Breast

How to Grill Chicken Breast

Lots of people love chicken for a multitude of reasons. First of all, it is a very versatile meat that can be prepared in many different ways and styles. Also, it is healthy (although the healthiness depends on how you prepare it) and provides you with a lot of protein to keep your body strong. Chicken can be roasted, fried, baked, breaded, and can feature everything from barbecue to buffalo sauce. However, we will be focusing here on how to grill chicken breast to get the best possible results at dinner time!

Before we start, here are a few things that you will want to keep in mind:

  • You definitely do not want to cook the chicken too long. Overcooking will make your chicken dry-tasting, which is the opposite of what you want.
  • Add a little flavor with a quality marinade or some of your own favorite ingredients and spices!
  • Control the fire of the grill, so as to avoid burning the chicken and ending up with dry-tasting meat.

Preparing the Grill

Grill types and what chicken you choose will cause some variance in your grilling strategy, but a good general guideline is to keep the heat a little bit on the medium to lower side of things. You can always grill a chicken breast a little longer if need be, but you can’t “un-burn” a burned piece of chicken! For that reason, caution needs to be applied.

Make sure to have any necessary tools, including tongs to flip the chicken. Many people use forks of some kind, but doing so can cause juices from inside the chicken to escape, leading to a dryer, less flavorful dinner.

Choosing Your Chicken Breast

There is a lot of personal preference involved in choosing the right chicken breast. You probably should not worry too much about people who swear by using chicken that does or doesn’t have bones or skin, as you can really make your own decision on those matters. The important part is to adjust the way that you grill your chicken based upon those factors! For instance, any skin left on the chicken might add a little length to the necessary cooking time.

Important Grilling Tips

When you are finally grilling the chicken, you will want to keep a close eye on it. You may not think that your chicken will grill as quickly as it does, so watch out just in case! Also, you need to remain close to the grill and somewhat vigilant for signs of your fire flaring up, which can greatly decrease the necessary cooking times and even burn your chicken breast. Finally, make sure to use a meat thermometer to check your grilled chicken for a temperature of about 170 degrees, to ensure that it is cooked properly.

As you can tell, grilling chicken is not as difficult as it may seem! If you are attentive to what you are doing and you take the advice laid out previously, your grilled chicken should be a delicious addition to your cookout!

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