Grilling Chicken


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It's hard to imagine a more popular food than chicken, or an easier food to fix on the grill. Chicken pieces are especially versatile and little needs to be done to get them ready to cook.

On the following pages, we've outlined the basic steps for successfully grilling chicken in various ways. We'll start with grilling chicken quarters on the next page.

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Grilling Chicken Quarters

Grilling chicken quarters can be a challenge since dark meat takes longer to cook than light meat. Be prepared to move the chicken pieces if a flare-up occurs.
  1. Marinate chicken, if desired, reserving some of the marinade to use as a basting sauce.

  2. Prepare barbecue grill for direct cooking.

  3. Drain chicken, if marinated.

  4. Place chicken on preheated grid.

  5. Grill chicken 6 to 8 inches from heat 15 minutes, brushing frequently with sauce, if desired.

  6. Turn chicken over. Grill 15 minutes more or until chicken is tender and juices run clear, brushing frequently with sauce, if using.

    When grilling chicken quarters, brushing chicken frequently with a flavorful sauce is a great way to add flavor.
    Brushing chicken frequently with a
    tasty sauce is a great way to add flavor.
Find tips on grilling chicken halves and thighs in the next section.

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  • Chicken Recipes: Chicken is a very versatile food that can take on a variety of different flavors and be used in all kinds of dishes. Find some suggestions on our Chicken Recipes page. 
  • Preparing Chicken: Learn some basic chicken preparation techniques in this article, including how to stuff a chicken, how to marinate chicken, and more. 
  • How to Cook Chicken: Get all the facts on cooking this popular poultry on our How to Cook Chicken page. 
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Grilling Chicken Halves & Thighs

These low-fat favorites are quick and delicious on the grill but can overcook in a matter of second. The trick is to pull one piece and cut it open to check doneness.
  1. Prepare barbecue grill for direct cooking, using a single layer of coals.

  2. Oil hot grid to help prevent sticking, and place chicken on preheated grid.

  3. Brush one side of chicken with oil; place on preheated grid, oil side down. Brush other sides with oil.

    When grilling chicken breasts, brushing the chicken with oil will help keep the meat moist and prevent sticking.
    Brushing chicken with oil
    will help keep the meat moist
    and prevent sticking.
  4. Grill chicken, on covered grill, 6 to 8 minutes until chicken is no longer pink in center, turning chicken over halfway through cooking.
Find out how to grill chicken strips on skewers for a delicous meal on the next page.

Not what you're looking for? Try these:

  • Chicken Recipes: Chicken is a very versatile food that can take on a variety of different flavors and be used in all kinds of dishes. Find some suggestions on our Chicken Recipes page. 
  • Preparing Chicken: Learn some basic chicken preparation techniques in this article, including how to stuff a chicken, how to marinate chicken, and more. 
  • How to Cook Chicken: Get all the facts on cooking this popular poultry on our How to Cook Chicken page. 
  • Cooking Chicken: Cooking chicken can be a bit difficult because it's imperative that the meat is cooked all the way through. Gather helpful tips at HowStuffWorks.
  • Cooking: Learn the ins and outs of some basic cooking techniques in this helpful article.

Grilling Chicken Strips

Grilling chicken strips on skewers in an easy-to-make -- and easy-to-clean -- option that creates a delcious meal for a few or many.
  1. Slice chicken crosswise into 3/8-inch-wide strips. Marinate chicken in the refrigerator using your favorite marinade; reserve half of the marinade.

  2. Prepare barbecue grill for direct cooking.

  3. Drain chicken. Weave 3 to 4 chicken pieces accordion style onto each skewer, alternating with green onion pieces, if desired. Brush with reserved marinade.

    When grilling chicken skewered strips, thread the green onion pieces crosswise on the skewers.
    Thread the green onion pieces
    crosswise on the skewers.
  4. Place skewers on preheated grid.

  5. Grill skewers, on uncovered grill, over medium-hot coals 6 to 8 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center, turning halfway through grilling time.
Now that you've got the grilling basics down, you'll never want to cook chicken inside again!

Not what you're looking for? Try these:

  • Chicken Recipes: Chicken is a very versatile food that can take on a variety of different flavors and be used in all kinds of dishes. Find some suggestions on our Chicken Recipes page. 
  • Preparing Chicken: Learn some basic chicken preparation techniques in this article, including how to stuff a chicken, how to marinate chicken, and more. 
  • How to Cook Chicken: Get all the facts on cooking this popular poultry on our How to Cook Chicken page. 
  • Cooking Chicken: Cooking chicken can be a bit difficult because it's imperative that the meat is cooked all the way through. Gather helpful tips at HowStuffWorks.
  • Cooking: Learn the ins and outs of some basic cooking techniques in this helpful article.