The best part of the chicken that is filled with good nutritional value is the breast; it barely has any fat and is an excellent source of protein, especially if you're into gaining some muscle. Other than that, this poultry contains vitamin D, vitamin B, zinc, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. It's actually considered to be the leanest part of the chicken.
However, even though it is filled with so much nourishment for your body, it might end up dried up and rubbery, especially if it's not cooked properly. There are many ways to prepare the best chicken breast, but you would be surprised at the spectacular flavors you will find when you decide to grill them. With the right type of marinade, you will be dining on a juicy and tender chicken breast.
In this article, we will be teaching you about the basics of how to grill a chicken breast and the most asked questions about it! Continue reading if you want to enjoy the juiciest and tenderest grilled chicken ever!
I. The ingredients you will need for the recipe:
- 4-6 large chicken breasts
- a quarter cup of vinegar (balsamic)
- black pepper, freshly ground
- 3 tablespoons olive oil (extra-virgin)
- 2 tablespoons sugar (brown)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- Parsley, freshly chopped, to serve as a garnish
- 1 tbsp thyme, dried
- 1 tbsp rosemary, dried
1. Beat the meat until it is uniformly thick
This step is crucial when cooking chicken breasts. One end of a chicken breast is thicker than the other so, by ensuring that the chicken breasts are evenly pounded, you will also be granted an evenly grilled chicken.
2. Make the marinade
Mix garlic, balsamic vinegar, dried herbs, extra-virgin olive oil, brown sugar, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Incorporate the ingredients with the chicken and leave it for 30 minutes or even overnight.
3. Prepare the grill
You can do this by preheating your grill in medium-high heat. To get a nice sear and evenly cooked meat, you can grill the chicken 6 minutes per side or more as long as it's grilled through. There isn't an exact time on how long to grill chicken breast, and you just need to get that proper timing while making sure it's still not raw and overcooked.
4. Give it a few minutes to cool down
It's a good idea to let the chicken rest for a good couple of minutes before finally cutting it. Don't worry about its juices spilling out, you can save them for later to keep your chicken extra juicy.
III. Frequently asked questions
What can you serve with it?
There's a lot of food you can pair with your grilled chicken. You can opt for a potato salad to add more to that protein intake. If you want a quick and easy fix, you can prepare a cucumber salad. To balance more flavors, you can go for a good old corn casserole.
How to avoid the chicken from sticking on the grill?
If you want your chicken to have charred and seared lines, you need to give both sides of your meat some time to cook. If you see that your chicken sticks through the grill, it's not yet ready to be flipped over! Give it a minute or two before finally flipping it over from the other side.
What temperature should your chicken be internally and how hot should the grill need to be when cooking the chicken?
The safest internal temperature for chicken is at 165 F. However, you can tone it down to 150 if you are scared of it losing its juices. If you're cooking small-sized chicken you can go for a medium-high heat grill but for larger chicken breasts you will need to spike up the heat and lower it to a medium-low heat when it's almost done cooking.
How long does it take to make the whole recipe?
The usual time for preparing the ingredients would take about 4-5 minutes. The grilling would take approximately 45 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken. You need to be meticulous in ensuring that your chicken won't go dry over time to maintain its natural flavors. It's essential to not overdo it so you can enjoy a nice and tender piece of meat.
Why should you grill your chicken breast?
Other than it's a bit healthier than frying your chicken, we all know that chicken breasts tend to dry up when fried. Grilling chicken breast in the right temperature locks in the moisture and results in a juicier, more flavorful meat. Grilling also gives chicken breast that smoky taste and aroma making it more appetizing.
Your chicken breast doesn't have to be boring, so try grilling it if you want to level up your recipe. You can also add some of your cooking styles to this recipe to make it a little bit more fun! With the holiday season coming up, this is a perfect way to spice up your festive meals!