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How to Grill Chicken: How Long Does It Take to Grill Chicken, Really?

Find out the best method for how to grill chicken and some of our best grilled chicken recipes!

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How to Grill Chicken

Have you ever wondered how to grill chicken, and how much time it requires? Well now you can finally learn. We've included helpful information on the best ways to grill chicken, along with some easy recipes for grilled chicken that you'll want to try today! Chicken is perfect to whip up for dinner because it's hearty, filling, and tasty, but it's not loaded with fat like other types of meat. You can enjoy it anytime throughout the year.

Chicken is such a great meal because you can do so much with it. You can dress up a plain piece of chicken with a variety of marinades and seasonings. Make Italian chicken using tomato sauce and basil, Mexican chicken with chipotle sauce and lime, Asian-style chicken with soy sauce and stir-fried veggies, Hawaiian chicken with teriyaki and pineapple, and Greek chicken with olive oil and lemon. See, there are so many options.

If you're rushed for time, your best bet is to grill chicken. Grilling is one of the fastest and simplest ways to cook chicken. With these helpful tips, you will learn how to grill your chicken to perfection. And with these easy recipes, you will taste how amazing chicken can be.

How to Grill Chicken

  1. Spray grill rack with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. It is important that your grill is clean before cooking.

  3. Make sure chicken is fully thawed before grilling.

  4. Heat the grill depending on cut of chicken. For boneless chicken breasts, cook on high heat. This should take about 6-10 minutes on each side. Longer-cooking cuts (such as bone-in chicken parts) should be cooked over a lower heat. This could take between 45-60 minutes to cook.

  5. Turn chicken every 10 minutes.

  6. Use long-handled tongs or a wide metal spatula to move the chicken. Poking it with a fork will cause precious juices to escape. You need those juices for moist and tender chicken.

  7. Know what kind of seasonings you are using. Marinades and basting sauces, many of which have a high sugar content, will burn if the grill temperature is too hot or if exposed to heat for too long. Cook on medium heat and pour sauce on chicken towards the end (after about 25 minutes).

  8. If you're cooking boneless chicken breasts, pound them flat before grilling. This will allow them to cook evenly.

  9. Don't risk serving under-cooked chicken. When in doubt, make a small cut into the thickest part so you can be positive that it's no longer pink inside. You can also check doneness by inserting a meat thermometer into the chicken to see if it has reached a safe internal temperature of at least 165 degrees F.

Grilled Chicken Recipe

This recipe for Grilled Honey Ginger Chicken is one of the simplest recipes you can ever make. It's really healthy and full of flavor. For a complete meal, serve with steamed vegetables such as broccoli and brown rice.

Ingredients:

- 4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
- 6 tablespoons dark reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1-2 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed into a pulp
- 2 teaspoons ginger, finely grated
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, finely ground
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, ground
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (add more or less according to taste)
- 1 tablespoon honey

  1. Cut each whole chicken breast into two pieces and each breast into four.

  2. Cut two long, parallel, diagonal slits on each side of the leg pieces. The slits should never start at an edge and should be deep enough to reach the bone; cut similar slits on the meaty side of each breast piece.

  3. In a large bowl, combine the soy sauce, garlic, ginger, coriander, cayenne, turmeric and honey. Mix until smooth and put the chicken in marinade.

  4. Rub the marinade into all the pieces, making sure it goes deep into the slits.

  5. Set aside for 1-2 hours, turning the pieces now and then.

  6. Preheat the grill to a medium high temperature (450 degrees F) and arrange the chicken pieces skin side down, in a single layer on a grilling tray.

  7. Cook for 12-15 minutes or until nicely browned, basting once with the juices.

  8. Turn the pieces over and cook the second side for a similar length of time, basting once or twice with the juices. The chicken should be well browned before serving.

Easy Recipes for Grilled Chicken

Now that you have the skills to grill, make even more delicious dinners with these easy recipes for grilled chicken.

1. Grilled Peach Salsa Chicken
2. Key Lime Grilled Chicken Taco Skewers
3. Mango Grilled Chicken Salad
4. Grilled Apple Chicken
5. Grilled Garlic Citrus Chicken
6. Grilled Honey Ginger Chicken
7. Chicken Cape Kabobs
8. Skinny Grilled Chicken Parmesan

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This was super helpful. I'm a vegetarian so I need help cooking for non-vegetarians!

Those key lime taco skewers look absolutely amazing! I'll bet the citrus contrasts nicely with the smoky grilled flavor!

This is a really good guide on how to grill chicken, and I love that you provided so many recipes after so we can show off our new skills!

It is nice to have a guide when grilling anything, especially if you are a beginner at grilling.

I definitely eat a lot of chicken but I'm also a beginner to the art of grilling, so thanks for these helpful tips!

I always wing it when I grill chicken, and sometimes it isn't always the best. These tips are incredibly helpful, and the recipes sound tasty. Thank you for sharing!

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