Do you know how to grill chicken in the oven that rivals what you can on your outdoor grill? Here are some tips if you have to make grilled chicken in the oven.
If your gas grill or your charcoal grill are not available, ou can still get those dark grill marks and smoky flavors in your chicken, while keeping it plump and juicy. Learn to bbq chicken in the oven.
How to Grill Chicken in the Oven: The Key to Success
To do it right, you need something that gets much hotter than those counter top grilling machines. The grilling machines might cook the meat, but you are never going to get that grilled look and the flavors that comes from searing the meat properly over high heat.
What you need to do is go out and get a good, heavy cast iron grill pan. It is best to get it pre-seasoned so it will not stick. These pans are cheap, easy to clean, easy to maintain and, very important, it can be put right into the oven.
How to Grill Chicken in the Oven: Buying the Right Stuff
Get the best chicken you can afford. Organically raised chickens taste the best and their meat is the healthiest. Unfortunately, organically raised chickens are out of range for many peoples' budgets. The next best is "all natural" and, if you cannot get that, free-range is good. If you must buy chicken off the shelf, get the brand that injects the least water and other stuff into the bird.
If you do not already have one, get an instant read thermometer. These are great for indoor (and outdoor) grilling, especially when grilling pieces of meat that are too small for a conventional meat thermometer. It also gives peace of mind for grilled meats that absolutely MUST be cooked thoroughly like pork and poultry. Your indoor grilled chicken will be be done at 165°F (if it is different, ignore the suggested temperature on the thermometer - chicken is done at 165°F).
How to Grill Chicken in the Oven: Cooking Your Chicken
Follow the basic tips here and you should have perfect grilled chicken every time. Heat the oven to 375°F and heat the grill pan on the top of the stove on high heat until it is smoking hot (you might turn on your exhaust fan).
Coat your chicken pieces with olive oil. Apply salt and black pepper or season the chicken with your favorite spices or rubs. Put your chicken on the grill for 90 seconds per side. Do not overcook.
Do not move the chicken around in the pan so you have those nice grill marks. Finish it up by putting the pan in the oven for 8 to 10 minute or 165°F on the thermometer. Take the chicken out of the pan so it doesn't overcook. Set the chicken aside for a few minutes to allow the juices to be drawn back to the center of the pieces. When you know how to grill chicken in the oven, you can make any meal special. Now, go and tell others how to make grilled chicken in the oven!