You may be a grilled steak master chef but how do you grill chicken? It is very rare that you eat grilled chicken; at barbecues, steaks, pork, fish and seafood are the most common menu. Is it difficult to grill chicken? Just like meat, chicken has to be grilled just the right temperature to prevent food borne diseases and to bring out the natural chicken goodness that most of us love. So if you have never grilled chicken before, here are some pointers to follow:
- You can marinate chicken just like you marinate different cuts of meat. Marinade it with soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, chili sauce, salt and pepper or any ingredient you wish to include. You may also choose to cook chicken as it is by just sprinkling a bit of salt and pepper.
- If you choose to marinate chicken, keep the chicken in the refrigerator for more than 8 hours to allow the marinade to soak the meat. Larger chicken cuts or whole chicken needs to be completely submerged in marinade to work. If you want to reduce marinating time, simply slice chicken in thinner pieces. Remove chicken from the refrigerator 30 minutes before you grill.
- If you are using a charcoal grill, place the chicken bone side up and directly over hot coals. Do not cover the chicken and allow the meat to reach the correct temperature. The meat is almost done when the color is no longer pink.
- When you are using gas grills, preheat your grill and reduce to medium temperature before you place the chicken on the grill rack. This time, grill your chicken while covered to ensure that it is cooked through and through. Always check for doneness by using a meat thermometer. The temperature should read 180 degrees Fahrenheit in all chicken parts except for the breast where it should be 170 degrees. Always use a reliable meat thermometer when you grill meat.
- You can mix a marinade but this time brush it over the chicken. Brush as often as you can every time you turn the meat over, Use a small basting brush.
Grilling chicken breast is easy, you need to cut the piece in half, skinned and deboned. A 4 to 5 ounce chicken breast will be totally cooked after 12 to 15 minutes in 170 degrees Fahrenheit. Chicken thighs should be skinned and boned before it is grilled. A 4 to 5 ounce thigh will cook for 12 to 15 minutes in 180 degrees Fahrenheit. For all other meaty pieces like the breast halves, thighs and drumsticks, these must be cooked for 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
There are so many interesting and delicious grilled chicken recipes you may try out online. Grilled chicken is perfect with a fresh salad, rice and vegetables or together with pasta. It’s not so hard to grill chicken; all you need to do is get to know your individual chicken parts to get the best cooking time.