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Tips For Grilling Chicken For Beginners

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Own a gas grill, but not quite sure how to use it? It is understandable to be hesitant about cooking foods using new equipment. Follow these tips and you'll know the basics for grilling great tasting chicken on your grill at home.

Prepping the Chicken

Good chicken involves a little bit of prep work before you cook. Many people love to grill chicken because of its ability to take on different flavors, but it all depends on what method you use for cooking it. Using a marinade that is filled with various spices and herbs is an easy way to spice up your chicken before you put it on the grill.

All you need to do is find a recipe for a marinade that sounds like it would taste good. Place your raw chicken inside a sealed bag along with your marinade recipe, and allow the chicken to chill in your refrigerator for about 4 hours. If you let the chicken marinade for any longer, the chicken can start to become mushy.

Keep in mind that you cannot save the marinade left in the bag. It was touching the raw chicken, and should be thrown away.

Grilling the Chicken

Chicken should be at room temperature prior to cooking it, so plan to let it sit out for about half an hour before the grill is ready.

Put the grill on a medium heat setting, and then cook the first side of the chicken breast for around 10 minutes. The other side will cook much faster, needing approximately 5 minutes. These times are just estimates to give you an idea of how long the chicken need to cook, since a large or small chicken breast will have different cooking times.

You'll know that chicken is ready when it reaches 165° Fahrenheit. Check it using your meat thermometer, and place it into a thick section of the chicken breast that is far from the bone.

If you are in a mood for BBQ sauce, only put it directly on the chicken during the final minutes of grilling. Putting a sauce on at the beginning will cause the BBQ sauce to burn right on the chicken, ruining your food.

With these tips in mind, you'll be cooking up chicken like a pro in no time. Feel free to experiment with different marinades for different flavors, or pick up a BBQ grilling guide to learn about how to cook different meats.