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How to Cook Chicken on the Grill
When it comes to cook chicken on the grill there are certain things that you should do in order for your chicken to turn out perfectly. Like any other meats, certain cuts turn out juicier than others. Here are some tips that will help you to learn how to cook chicken on the grill, perfectly every time.
Tips on Cooking Chicken on the Grill
- Choose Your Cut Wisely- Chicken breasts tend to be drier than legs so it is better that you choose to grill chicken legs instead.
- Marinate Your Meat- Marinating your meat will give it that intense flavor. Use good grade food oil such as canola or olive oil as a base for your marinade.
- Use Fresh Herbs- Use fresh herbs to enhance the flavor of the chicken.
- Prepping the Chicken- Wash chicken in an acidic wash such as vinegar, lime, or lemon. This will kill any bacteria that is present. Rinse with cold water, pat dry.
- Mixing the Marinade- Place oil and spices in bowl. Place the oil/spice mixture in Ziploc bag. Add the chicken pieces and allow it to marinate overnight in fridge.
- Room Temperature- Take the marinated chicken out of the fridge a couple of hours before you start up the barbecue. Allow it to sit at room temperature. This will prevent the chicken from being shocked from the hot temperature of the grill.
- Use Tin Foil- Cover a portion of the barbecue with tin foil. This will give you a cool spot to place chicken that is done or almost done cooking.
- Use Tongs- Always use tongs to turn food on the grill. This will stop the juices from escaping. Chicken poked with a fork will turn out dry.
- Baste Often- Remember to baste the chicken often to enhance its flavor and to prevent it from drying out. You can use your leftover marinade as your baste. Homemade or bottled barbecue sauce will also work.
- Turning the Chicken- Place the chicken on a warm grill and cook one side for 20 minutes and turn it over with tongs. Cook on the other side for another 20 minutes.
- Test for Doneness-Use a meat thermometer to test for doneness. Place the meat thermometer into the meat, away from the bone. It should read 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Continue Cooking- Continue cooking the chicken over low heat for 3 minutes on each side until done.
- Resting Period- Allow the chicken to sit for at least 5-10 minutes before you serve it. This will allow the juice to flow back into the chicken.