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How to Grill Chicken

You're just a few minutes away from a tasty grilled chicken dinner.

By: DIYIdeaCenter.com DIY Studio
Updated June 29, 2018
The Best Way to Grill Chicken
The Best Way to Grill Chicken
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It can seem extremely intimidating trying to figure out how to grill chicken breasts. But this quick video will show you how to grill chicken like a pro! One of the most important parts to delicious grilled chicken though is making sure you marinade it. Check out this super delicious Cornell Chicken Marinade recipe that will leave everybody drooling over your amazing cooking skills. Now that you have the delicious recipe, check out this video tutorial to figure out how to grill chicken to perfection. 

Before you get started, make sure that your grill is clean and ready to cook. You can check out our simple how to clean your grill tutorial. It's easiest to do this after you've finished grilling, but if you forgot you can definitely do it before starting on tonight's dinner.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Beginner

SeasonSummer

Project TypeLearn a Technique

Materials List

  • Prepared charcoal grill
  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • Your favorite marinade recipe
  • A Ziplock bag or large Tupperware
  • Long-handled tongs for grilling

How to Grill Chicken

Tips for Grilling Chicken

  1. Fill your Ziplock bag or Tupperware with your favorite marinade. Add the chicken breasts and let them marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

  2. Once your chicken has finished marinating, take it out to the grill.  Using your long-handled tongs, place marinated chicken down on the prepared coals. 

  3. Cover the chicken with the top of the grill and allow to cook for 8-10 minutes. 

  4. Flip the chicken over onto its other side. 

  5. Allow to cook another 5 minutes. At this point, check the chicken for doneness using an instant-read meat thermometer. The chicken needs to be at 165 degrees in the thickest part of the breast in order for it to be thoroughly cooked. If the chicken is not at the proper temperature, replace the lid of the grill and continue to cook.

  6. Once your chicken has reached the correct internal temperature, remove it from the coals. Let it rest for a few minutes before slicing into it. Enjoy!

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I always find chicken a difficult one to cook on the grill. It does come out dry or if you marinade it first then it burns and the chicken remains uncooked on the inside. I pre-cook my chicken in the microwave and then finish it off on the grill. This way seems like a good alternative.

That chicken looks actually perfect! I am definitely going to try out these tips because my grilled chicken can turn out really dry sometimes and I don't know why!

I am so glad for this video because when my husband cooks chicken it is either not cooked enough or cooked to the point it is so dry that I do not even want it. I always thought it would take more than 20 minutes. I use to par boil it but gets done to much too. Everyone should watch this video for a good piece of grilled chicken and the marinaded that you have recipe link to looks delicious. I must try it. Anyone else have a good marinade sauce?

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