How To Make Grilled Chicken
When learning how to make grilled chicken it is important to understand that there are several ways to prepare the chicken to grill. Chicken can be marinated in a mixture of lemon juice and spices, or it can be covered with a generous layer of barbecue sauce. The choice is yours.
To make grilled chicken, you will need:
- 6 chicken breasts
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Salt (coarse Kosher)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Seasoned salt
- 1/2 lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup dried minced onion
- Always start with a clean grill. To clean a gas or charcoal grill, heat the grill and scrape it clean using a long handle wire BBQ brush. Let the grill cool enough to touch safely and spread a coat of vegetable on the grill using a folded paper towel.
- Mix the marinade. Combine in a glass bowl olive oil, salt, lemon juice, dried onions, garlic powder, and mix well.
- Marinade the chicken. Rinse the chicken in clear water. Place six skinless boneless chicken breasts in a gallon zip lock bag. Place the zip lock bag on a dinner plate. Pour the marinade mixture over the chicken breast, force most of the air from the zip lock bag and seal it. Gently knead the bag of chicken to coat each piece of chicken with marinade. Place the plate in the refrigerator. The longer you marinate the chicken the tangier the chicken will be. Marinate the chicken a minimum of six hours or a maximum of 48 hours. Chicken marinated 48 hours is sensational.
- Grill the chicken. Preheat the grill on a low heat. Place the chicken on the grill and time the cooking in ten minute increments. Turn the chicken after ten minutes and cook the second side for ten minutes. Watch for a collection of clear juices on the surface of the chicken indicating the chicken is close to cooked. Small chicken breasts will cook in fifteen to 20 minutes. Large chicken breasts can take between 22 to 30 minutes. Perfectly grilled chicken should be firm as opposed to squishy. Serve hot with your favorite side dishes.
When cooking, remember that dripping fat can cause fires. Use a spray bottle filled with fresh water to squirt down flames. If you are using barbecue sauce on your grilled chicken, brush each side with sauce just before the chicken if finished cooking to prevent the sauce from burning and ruining the chicken.