Perfect Grilled ChickenSubmitted by: GRILLGUIDE
IntroductionA fool-proof guide to great grilled chicken. A fool-proof guide to great grilled chicken.
16 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 teaspoons low or no salt rub
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If you use larger pieces of meat, they will take longer to cook. Always use a meat thermometer to test the internal temperature. Poultry should be cooked to 165 degrees--never less!
Generally chicken breasts are sold weighing 6-7 ounces. To achieve even cooking and perfect portions, you can butterfly them. Starting at the larger end, use short strokes to slice the breast in half and open it as you would a book. This is called "butterflying" the chicken.
Place the chicken between two sheets of plastic wrap or parchment paper; gently tap the thick end with a meat mallet or rolling pin to even out the thickness of the entire breast. Proceed with your recipe as desired.
Cut the chicken breasts into 3-4-ounce portions. Pat the meat dry with a paper towel. Lightly coat them with cooking spray. Sprinkle both sides with the rub.
To achieve the traditional crosshatch markings, place each breast onto a preheated grill with the breast facing the "10:00" position. Close the lid, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Open the lid, rotate the breast to the "2:00" position, and cook an additional 3-4 minutes. Open the lid again, flip the breasts, and cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, about 4 more minutes.
Remove from the grill and allow to rest for 1-2 minutes before slicing. Serve with the criss-cross grill marks facing up.
Serves 4: 3-4 ounces chicken (weight after cooking)