Thursday, July 9, 2020

How do you Grill Boneless Chicken Breast on a Charcoal Grill Without Drying Out?



How do you grill boneless chicken breast on a charcoal grill?

Using a charcoal grill adds a smoky flavor to the chicken meat that is why awesome people like it. 

Follow these easy steps below to get that juicy and yummy chicken breast while avoiding charred or burned meat. Burned meat is can cause cancer according to many scientific researches.

1) Chicken breast is very lean and mostly protein compared to a beef steak that has fat marbled all the way through it that gives you juiciness. That is why breast easily dries out when you grill it.

Chicken breasts are usually uneven in contour. The other part is much thinner than the other end. Due to this unevenness, it is difficult it is to get a uniform doneness.


2) Boneless chicken breast is bland because it has no fat content. You can make it more flavorful or add richness by marinating before charcoal grilling the chicken.

This is my secret quick marinade and you can mix it easily. Just mix olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, paprika and fresh garlic (squeezed and thinly chopped). I leave the proportion of the ingredients to your taste and preference.

add richness by marinating before charcoal grilling the chicken

3) After mixing the marinade brush them liberally on both sides of the lovely breast. Then cover them with plastic wrap and put them back in the fridge for 30 minutes to two hours. If you have a lot of time, you can do it over night.

4) Clean the grill before using to prevent sticking of chicken skin to the grill grates. You can use non-stick grill grates to prevent sticking without using oil.

Clean the grill before using

5) Pre-heat the grill. Use direct medium heat for between 8 to 10 minutes.

Use direct medium heat for between 8 to 10 minutes

6) Put the chicken breast that had skin first on the grates. Lay the side of the breast that had the skin on it because it less likely to stick to the grates. The skin also gets the lovely grill marks easily.

The thinner part of the chicken breast is toward the back of the BBQ grill because it has lower temperature as compared to the center of the BBQ grill. In a way you can prevent the over cooking of the thinner part of the meat.

Put the chicken breast that had the skin first on the grates to prevent sticking

7) Keep the lid down of your BBQ grill as much as possible. Do not move the breast while cooking. Let it sit for the whole 4- 5 minutes on each side to develop browning or Maillard reaction mechanism.

8) Do not overcook the chicken breast to avoid rubbery or tough meat. Check the meat for doneness using a touch test. 

Press the thickest part of the breast with your finger and it should be firm but not solid hard. You are looking for a perfectly cooked boneless chicken breast like the one you tasted at Chick-fil-A.

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How do you keep boneless chicken breast from drying out on the grill?

Brine the boneless chicken breast before grilling to prevent dry and rubbery chicken. Brining is merely submerging the chicken in a salt-water solution for sometime before grilling. This delay the chicken breast from overcooking on the grill and also helps it get lovely grill marks as the increased surface moisture and sugars brown quickly.

Should I put oil on chicken breast before grilling?

Grease your grill to prevent the chicken skin sticking to the grill. Before you light the grill, spray the rack with nonstick cooking spray or brush it with oil.

Why is my grilled chicken breast rubbery or tough?

What makes cooked chicken rubbery? The answer is overcooking. Heat eradicates food borne pathogens, renders fat and expels moisture but it also denatures proteins. This applies to all parts of the chicken especially the breast.

In addition, some chickens are affected by a condition called “woody breast,” which is the result of hardened muscle fibers or tough meat. To lessen the chance of getting a woody breast, purchase your chicken from smaller farms or choose spring chicken.

How long do you grill boneless chicken breasts?

Let the boneless chicken breast cook for 8- 10 minutes or until a thermometer reads 165°. Flip the chicken breasts at the halfway point using tongs. 

I usually like to grill my chicken breast for about 9 minutes, turn them over at the halfway point in order to have lovely sear marks on each side of the breast.

Can you grill frozen chicken breast?

YES. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), you can safely cook your frozen chicken, as long as you follow general guidelines. 

In order to skip the thawing step and turn your frozen chicken into a fully-cooked, safe-to-eat meal, use your oven or stove top and just increase your cooking time by at least 50%.

How do you cook boneless chicken breast on a gas grill?

1) Preheat gas grill before cooking to medium-high heat, or 350-400° F. Lightly grease grill surface and add the boneless chicken breast. 

2) Close lid and cook 8 minutes, or until bottoms are browned with sear marks or until internal temperature reaches 165° F.

What temperature do you grill chicken on a charcoal grill? Do you grill chicken breast on high or low heat?

If you cook the chicken on too hot a grill, the skin will burn before the flesh cooks. 

Medium-low is the optimal temperature on a charcoal grill. Heat your grill to between 425 and 450°F for chicken breasts.

Medium heat on a gas grill. Such that, you will crisp the skin and avoid flare-ups. Dark meat on the bone is more savory and will juicier on the grill.

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