Nothing beats the taste and texture of grilled chicken breast. The key to getting it right is cooking it for the right amount of time, not too little or too much. Read on for all you need to know about grilling chicken breasts, from how long they should go over flame to what temperature they should reach inside before being removed from the heat source.
Tenderize chicken breast.
Tenderize chicken breast.
If you want to make sure that your chicken breast is tender, you can use a meat tenderizer or mallet or rolling pin to do so. This will help break down some of the connective tissue and make it easier for you to chew without feeling like your jaw is going to break off in the process!
Heat grill to medium heat.
To cook chicken breasts on a grill, you’ll need to heat your grill to medium heat. This means that the temperature inside of your grill should be about 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 Celsius).
To check if your grill is at the right temperature:
- If you have a thermometer, insert it into one of the grooves on top of the grates and wait until it reads 350F/175C.
- If not, hold your hand about 4 inches above one side of the grate. If it feels hot enough that you wouldn’t want to leave it there for more than a few seconds before pulling away from direct contact with heat source–that’s good!
Sear chicken breasts for 5 minutes.
Sear the chicken for 5 minutes.
Searing is a cooking method that can be used for either stovetop or grilling methods. It’s done at high heat and seals in juices, so it’s great for ensuring that your meat stays moist while you cook it. For searing, you want to make sure your grill is very hot–if it isn’t already hot enough to sear meat, turn up the temperature until it gets there! To get started, heat an oiled pan over medium-high heat until almost smoking (you’ll know when this happens because there will be smoke coming off of your pan). Place each piece on its side so it doesn’t fall apart during cooking and place into pan; let sit for 4-5 minutes without moving until golden browned then flip over and repeat process on other side until cooked throughly (about 3-5 more minutes).
Flip chicken and cook for another 5 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
After 4 minutes, flip your chicken breasts and cook for another 5 minutes. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165 degrees F when you check it with a thermometer.
If you don’t have a meat thermometer, you can use this trick: Poke the thickest part of your meat with your finger–if it feels firm and springy rather than squishy or soft, then it’s done! Rest your cooked chicken breasts for 3 minutes before slicing into pieces
Rest meat for three minutes before slicing into pieces.
Resting meat for three minutes before slicing into pieces allows the juices to redistribute throughout the chicken breast. This will make it more tender, juicy and flavorful.
Here’s how long to cook chicken breast on grill:
- 1 inch thick = 3-4 minutes per side (total of 6-8 minutes)
- 1/2 inch thick = 4-6 minutes per side (total of 8-12 minutes)
Cook chicken on the grill for about 15-20 minutes total and slice into pieces after resting for 3 minutes
Grilling is a great way to cook chicken breasts. The meat will be tender and juicy, while the flavor of the grill adds an extra layer of smokiness that’s hard to replicate in other cooking methods.
- Cook chicken on the grill for about 15-20 minutes total and slice into pieces after resting for 3 minutes. The internal temperature should be 165 degrees F when you cut into it with a thermometer inserted into thickest part of each breast (not touching bone). This will give you perfectly cooked chicken with no risk of overcooking or drying out your meat!
If you’re looking to make a delicious grilled chicken breast, this is the recipe for you. It’s simple and easy to follow, but it yields amazing results!