Grilled Chicken Breast – Boneless skinless chicken breasts are marinated in a delicious garlic and herb marinade before being grilled to golden brown perfection in this grilled chicken breast dish. A tried-and-true dish that’s ideal for summer entertaining!
We eat grilled chicken at least once a week, ranging from tenders to kabobs to this easy yet adaptable grilled chicken breast.
You can’t go wrong with chicken breast for supper. It’s quick, simple, cheap, and reasonably nutritious. This grilled chicken breast is bursting with flavor; the chicken comes out soft and juicy every time! I don’t know about you, but chicken breast is one of my favorite proteins to add to almost anything. I really enjoy it when it’s grilled and bursting with flavor from a good marinade. It’s simple to put on salads, grain bowls, add to an omelet, stir into mac and cheese, or make a delicious chicken salad with.
Getting Your Chicken Ready:
Using organic chicken breast and marinating it for 2-4 hours is one of the secrets to grilling the ideal, juicy chicken breast.
When it comes to marinating chicken breast, the longer you marinate it, the better! A excellent marinade necessitates:
- Fat can come from oil, but it can also come from full-fat yogurt or buttermilk.
- Vinegar or citrus fruit acid
- Spices and herbs are examples of seasonings.
Grilled Chicken Breast:
In the winter, we always have oven-baked chicken breasts on the table, but in the summer, our table is overflowing with meals from the grill or BBQ! It’s simple to make:
Pound the chicken to a thickness of 1/2 inch for uniform (and speedy) cooking.
Prepare the marinade (recipe follows) and let the chicken to marinate for about 30 minutes. This adds taste while while keeping it juicy.
Preheat the grill to medium-high and cook the chicken for about 6 minutes per side. This locks in the fluids, keeping your chicken breasts juicy. The increased heat creates a beautiful sear while also adding the char from the barbeque that we all adore!
Because boneless chicken breasts are relatively lean, they can quickly dry out if overdone, so be careful not to overcook them. Marinate the chicken breasts for around 30 minutes to create tender grilled chicken breasts (I like to prep my sides while I wait).
How to Set Up and Preheat a Grill?
While your chicken is marinating, and before you’re ready to cook it, prepare your grill.
- Preheat the grill. Preheat your grill to 400 degrees F, which will help burn off any leftovers from your previous grilling session as well as keep the chicken from adhering to the grates.
- Brush it away. After preheating your grill, use a grill brush to brush away any remaining pieces from the previous time you cooked.
- Grates should be oiled. This isn’t always essential when grilling chicken, but if you’re grilling a protein with little natural fat (such plant-based meat substitutes), you’ll want to oil the grill grates so the protein doesn’t cling.
How Do You Make Grilled Chicken Breast?
The first step in making this dish is to make a simple marinade with olive oil, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, and herbs. The chicken should marinate for at least an hour, but it can be marinated for up to 24 hours. Grill your chicken on an outside grill or on a grill pan indoors, then slice and serve.
How to Make a Grilled Chicken Breast Marinade?
A marinade is an excellent method to flavor grilled chicken (and it can help tenderize). I aim to give myself at least 30 minutes, if not more! A marinade requires a few key components.
- Oil is commonly used as the basis of marinades.
- Acid (vinegar/lemon juice): This helps tenderize the meat by breaking down harder proteins.
- Sugar: Contributes to taste and the caramelization process.
- Seasonings: This is the taste profile; you may season your marinade with anything from Italian seasoning to curry powder. This may or may not contain salt.
- Allow plenty of time for your meat to marinate. The marinade’s goal is not just to provide taste but also to assist tenderize your meat.
How Long Can I Marinate The Chicken In The Sauce?
We’d suggest no more than 24 hours! Technically (according to the USDA), raw chicken may be kept in the refrigerator for up to two days, but we don’t advocate marinating for that long.
Can I Make Changes To The Marinade?
Absolutely! Replace the balsamic vinegar with vinegar or lemon juice. Experiment with other dry or fresh herbs, such as cilantro or oregano. You could also use honey or agave for the brown sugar! We adore the marinade on our cilantro-lime chicken, which you can completely replace with this recipe! Feel free to add your preferred spices or spicy sauce as well. Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, are the ideal blank canvas for experimenting with your favorite tastes.
In Five Simple Steps, Learn How To Grill Chicken Breast:
Grilling succulent chicken breast is simple and just takes a few steps.
- Prepare the grill. Preheat your grill to 375°F or 400°F and remove any remaining pieces from your previous grilling session.
- Put in your chicken. Close the cover on your prepared grill and place your marinated chicken breasts on it. It’s critical to keep the lid of your grill covered while your chicken cooks to prevent heat from escaping. Grill the chicken breast for 6-8 minutes on one side.
- Turn your chicken over. After 6-8 minutes, remove the grill cover and use tongs to turn the chicken breast. A wonderful technique is to just turn your chicken breast once to keep it moist (and to produce lovely grill marks!).
- Check the temperature. Cook the chicken breast for another 6-8 minutes. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of your chicken breast, so use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature in the thickest portion of the chicken breast. When the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F, it is done and may be moved to a clean plate or cutting board.
- Allow it to rest. Cover the chicken with foil immediately to lock in the juices and set aside for 5-10 minutes before cutting into it. This will assist you in achieving the juicy chicken breast you desire!
How Long Should You Grill a Chicken Breast?
This answer will vary based on the temperature of your grill and the thickness of your chicken breasts.
I don’t pound my chicken in this grilled chicken breast dish unless it’s really thick in some places and thin in others. Place the chicken breasts on the grill once they have been marinated. Cook them for 7-8 minutes on each side, without lifting (you don’t want to lose your lovely grill markings!)
Cook for a further 7-8 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest portion of the chicken breast registers 165°F.
What Can I Do To Keep The Chicken From Sticking To The Grill?
It shouldn’t take long if you give each side ample time! When your chicken has lovely scorched lines on it, it will naturally release from your grill grates. If you try to turn the chicken and it becomes stuck, give it another minute or two! When it’s ready, it’ll come out naturally.
What Temperature Should I Set My Grill At Cooking Chicken Breasts?
Depending on the size of your chicken breasts, a two-zone (two temperature) fire is best. If you have extremely little chicken breasts, you can get away with a medium-high heat since the chicken will be cooked through by the time you have good grill marks on both sides. For bigger chicken breasts, sear both sides over high heat, then reduce to medium-low heat to finish cooking.
What Should I Serve This With?
Now that you’ve got the grill cooking, how about some grilled corn, grilled asparagus, and even a grilled pineapple sundae for dessert? (Can you tell we’re looking forward to grilling season?
Tips And Tricks:
- Choose chicken breasts that are around the same size and shape to ensure uniform cooking. I avoid excessively thick chicken breasts since they take much longer to cook.
- The marinade can be made up to one day ahead of time.
- Serve your grilled chicken breast with mashed potatoes or rice, or prepare a double batch and use the leftovers in other recipes. Salads, spaghetti dishes, and pizza all benefit from chopped grilled chicken.
- This chicken will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days, making it ideal for meal prep.
- It’s ideal to cook this chicken over medium heat since you don’t want the outside to burn before the interior is fully done.
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- 1/3 cup oil (olive or vegetable)
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 2 tbsp. Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts
In a dish or freezer bag, combine all marinade ingredients. Toss in the chicken and toss well to mix.
Marinade the chicken for 30 minutes (or up to 4 hours) before cooking.
Preheat the grill to medium high.
Grill the chicken for 7-8 minutes on each side. Cook for a further 7-8 minutes, or until no pink remains and the chicken reaches 165°F.
Allow 3-5 minutes to rest before slicing.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 395Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 102mgSodium 948mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 38g