How Long Do You Grill Boneless Chicken Breasts

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast are the most expensive cuts of the chicken, but are worth it for many people because of the relative ease of prepping, cooking, and eating. Skinless chicken breast are also low in fat and high in protein. Care must be taken when cooking or the meat can become very dry in a short time.


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1. Make sure that the chicken has been rinsed completely before cooking, unless the chicken is soaking in a marinade. Pounding the chicken breast will make it uniform in thickness and easier to cook.

2. Pre-heat the grill on med-high to high and lay the chicken breast on the grill. A hotter temperature will cook faster and sear in the juice if grilled correctly.

3. Grill for approx. 4-5 minutes checking frequently to insure the chicken is not burning. The chicken is ready to turn when the bottom side has clear sear marks and the top still is pink.

4. Grill the chicken for another 4-5 minutes or until done cooking. Firmly touch the chicken at the thickest point to see if done. If overcooked the chicken will feel hard without any give. If undercooked it will feel a little squishy. If cooked right it should have a little spring back.

5. If you are unsure if the chicken is cooked enough you can make a small cut into the thickest part of the chicken. If the center is still translucent then it needs more cook time. The chicken will continue cooking after it is taken off the grill. This is when most people overcook, because they remove the chicken too late from the grill. Once it has cooked completely through it will start drying very fast. Most cooks will remove the chicken just before the center is cooked. Be careful with this in that you do not leave the center raw.

6. Remove from grill and serve. Now is a great time to add your favorite sauce. You can apply the sauce during cooking to make a tasty glaze if you want.

Safe Internal Temperature: 165 degrees


* Chicken sticks very easy to a hot clean grill. To minimize sticking, lay the side of the chicken that had skin on the grill first. This will also insure much better sear marks. You can also lightly coat the outside of the chicken with oil or spray oil. Some people even use oil on the grill bars before placing on the chicken.

* Grilling the chicken too long on one side before turning will dry the chicken. Signs of grilling too long on one side are the raw topside turns white and the edges curl up.

How Long Do You Grill Boneless Chicken Breasts

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