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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 137.3
  • Total Fat: 3.0 g
  • Cholesterol: 70.2 mg
  • Sodium: 60.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 0.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.0 g
  • Protein: 25.7 g

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Perfect Grilled Chicken

Submitted by: GRILLGUIDE
Perfect Grilled Chicken

Introduction

Get perfect grilled chicken every time with this foolproof basic recipe! Get perfect grilled chicken every time with this foolproof basic recipe!
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients


Tips

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.


Directions

Preheat the grill to 375 degrees. Scrape the grill grates to remove any burned-on food residue.

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)






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  • 23 of 35 people found this review helpful
    Unsure why the pictures show whole breasts that are probably 8 oz and the recipe tells us to butterfly the breasts and pound them flat. - 4/29/13

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  • 15 of 15 people found this review helpful
    Put chicken in a brine for a few hours before grilling. That really makes the taste outstanding! You can find recipes for brine all over the internet. - 5/30/13

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  • Very Good
    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
    This was really easy, and the chicken came out tender and tasty. I threw a bunch of my own sppices together to make the rub. - 7/23/12

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  • Very Good
    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
    Happy to see how many minutes on each side! - 6/5/12

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Most excellent! I squeezed lime juice on it hot off the grill. Also gave the pieces a dash of "Slap ya Momma" seasoning..a cajun type rub...delish! - 4/29/13

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  • 7 of 26 people found this review helpful
    Looks good - 6/19/12

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  • Very Good
    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Excellent. Actually made it this way last night. Used Mrs Dash for Chicken. Also used thin sliced boneless ski less breasts. Same size, just thin. Mind over matter. Just don't overcook! - 7/18/13

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  • Good
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I usually just cut my chicken breasts down the middle, then grill. They are smaller, but still round, cook quickly, and end up still juicy inside. Sometimes, I find pounding the meat leaves it less juicy. - 4/29/13

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  • Very Good
    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Very nice--easy to make-a keeper! - 5/30/12

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  • Very Good
    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I had never heard of the spraying the chicken pieces with a cooking spray before applying the seasoning. Great tip, I'll try it! - 6/6/13

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
    I luv this recipe, it sounds just perfect. - 10/20/12

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  • Very Good
    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This is good infoif you're unfamiliar with grilling chicken. I've always just pounded my poor, huge chicken breasts flat, but will try butterflying them next time. For those nitpicking the picture (For heaven's sake, don't you have anything better to do?) the instructions SUGGEST butterflying. - 7/18/13

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    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I wanted to put four stars, but they would not click it. Four stars!
    Sounds delicious! - 7/10/13

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    3 of 26 people found this review helpful
    absolutely tasteless! I just don't like chicken breast unless it is chopped up and put in a sandwich,it is a tasteless piece of meat that I can do without but I do love chic.thighs fat and all. - 4/29/13

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  • 3 of 11 people found this review helpful
    Thanks. I've never split chicken breasts before. Will try! - 5/26/12

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  • 2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    There is no geeneral weight for boneless skinless chicken breast unless you purchase a particular brand like Perdues individual select servings. And KENLIGRACE is right the picture does appear to show 8 oz breasts. Usually when one butterflies a piece of meat, it is for stuffing. - 5/31/13

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  • 2 of 8 people found this review helpful
    For just a couple servings, and for 6-8 minutes of cooking time, it's more efficient to do this inside on a grill pan. Of course, if you're grilling an entire meal or feeding many mouths, go fire up the outdoor grill! - 8/25/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very good directions to grill chicken perfectly! - 9/1/13

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Need to get one of them meat thermometers, then. - 8/31/13

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    10 out of 10 and or 5 stars - 1/30/13

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    grill is much better for you then fried . this is a good basic receipe for all of us to put in our file . - 11/5/12

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  • This is pretty much the way I do it. Excellent description, and they come out really moist and tasty, - 9/11/13

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  • Look great. - 9/4/13

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  • Really looks good and tasty going to try it - 8/26/13

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  • I have a FlavorWave oven-now called the NuWave oven, use a glass pie plate filled w/water and round rack to cook food/poultry. All fat drips into water. I spare the salt. No #ing meat is always moist N tender. - 8/25/13

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    try - 8/25/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I always learned that pounding meat causes it to lose juices and makes it dry! - 5/30/13

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
    love grilled chicken especially in salad - 4/29/13

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  • Very Good
    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
    this looks really good. I am going to make it tomorrow! - 1/26/13

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    fantastic - 1/16/13

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    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Great information - 1/15/13

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    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
    good stuff - 1/12/13

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  • 0 of 6 people found this review helpful
    IT SOUNDS GREAT I THINK I WILL TRY IT ON SUNDAY AT ARE FAMILY DINNER. - 10/10/12

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  • 0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Thanks! This looks great! - 10/10/12

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  • Very Good
    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Sounds yumm..Definitely giving it a try tonight! - 9/25/12

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  • 0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    looks quick and easy. - 9/11/12

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I love juicy chicken breast!!! Great tips, thanks!! You can never learn too much, the more recipes, and different cooking techniques I read, the better I become at cooking healthy delicious meals!!!! - 9/6/12

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Pampered Chef has a wonderful array of rubs! I'm a Pampered Chef consultant in my 'spare time'. I recommend the smokey barbeque rub, which has a recipe for barbeque sauce to compliment it. - 9/6/12

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  • Love it I had seen the video on the chicken I done as it said above and grilled them on the grill I used Mrs. Dash & lemon & lime juice Oh they were so simple to do and leftover are great to bag & freeze for a quick add to salad or a stir fry or a bown rice later in the week - 9/5/12

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  • Yummy
    Easy to cook - 8/25/12

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    An instant meat thermometer is great to have. I always use one, on the grill or in the oven. (after the food is cooked)
    - 8/25/12

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  • 0 of 5 people found this review helpful
    **** - 8/25/12

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Absolutely one of my staples! Simple and easy to fix. I vary the spices and usually grill a couple of pounds so I have leftovers the next day. Good on a salad! - 8/23/12

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    looks good and easy to fix for quick meal. will put rice,vegetables and maybe have gravy - 7/13/12

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  • Very Good
    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Sounds great! I was looking for a way to do a chicken breast in the freezer. Will try this tonight.
    My biggest problem with boneless / skinless meat is it usually ends up on the "dry" side but then again, I didn't get fat eating "dry" meat and somethings must change if I'm to loose this spare tire! - 7/9/12

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    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    What type of rub do you recommend? - 7/3/12

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  • I am sure many new cooks can get good use out of this, it would be helpful. I could have used something like this 30 years ago. And to include where they can get more great tips, help and recipes through your books; simple genius! - 5/31/12

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Getting started. Will see! - 5/30/12

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    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    perfect!!! - 5/30/12

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    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Thank you! - 5/30/12

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    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    YUM!!! - 5/30/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    delicious - 5/29/12

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    If cooking over coals, make sure the coals are even and not still flaming for best results. - 5/26/12

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