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Chicken on the Grill

Everyone loves grilled chicken. It’s a simple meat that is cheap and forgiving to the beginner chef. Of all meats, chicken is perhaps the best suited for marinades and flavorings. It has little flavor of its own, and easily takes on any flavor the chef chooses to apply.

Basics of Chicken on the Grill 

Grilling chicken is a relatively simple affair. In fact, many outdoor chefs are able to grill a decent piece of chicken their very first time. A common problem, however, is that most do not know how to take their decent chicken to the next level and make it taste truly amazing. In many ways, the properly butchered chicken breast is an ideal cut of meat. It is a whole muscle, very lean, with a muscle fiber structure that retains moisture when cooked properly. The breast accepts marinades and rubs, absorbing their flavoring and color. Nearly any flavor pairs well with chicken, from paprika to pineapple.

Grilled Chicken Recipes

Chicken on the Grill The best recipe for grilled chicken is no recipe at all. This is not to say that you shouldn’t measure your ingredients, or even use recipes as a guide, but strict adherence to a recipe will tend to impede your success as a chef. The best way to procure delicious chicken on the grill is to begin by deciding what flavor and texture you want. Remember that the best meals have a variety of complementary flavors and textures and plan accordingly.

The Secret of Perfect Chicken on the Grill

Perhaps the most important thing to remember when grilling chicken is that you should not overcook it. Overcooking chicken is easy to do. We have all heard about the dangers of undercooked meat and we want to be sure that no bacteria lingers to wreak havoc on our bodies. Chicken does not have to be leathery in order to be safe. The best way to ensure your chicken is not overcooked is to use a good, leave-in meat thermometer. Insert it into the chicken before you begin grilling, and monitor the temperature until it comes within 2 or 3 degrees of the FDA recommended temperature. The chicken will finish coming to the desired temperature as it rests. Resting is the second most important part of grilling chicken. Any whole-muscle meat needs to rest for about 5 minutes per pound after being taken off the grill. This allows the muscle fibers to relax after the strain of the heat, enabling them to reabsorb moisture and distribute heat evenly. If you cut into freshly grilled meat too early, you will have a puddle of juice around a dry chicken breast.

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How to Grill Chicken on the Stove

If you know how to grill chicken on the stove, you can bring that outdoor goodness right into your kitchen. All you need is the right equipment and the right techniques.

Here are some tips to help with grilling chicken on the stove.

How to Grill Chicken on the Stove: Start with a Cast Iron Grill Pan

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[br]Indoor grilling is a convenient and healthy way to cook while bringing out the fun and flavors of outdoor grilling. A grill pan, sometimes called a riffle pan, can convert any stove top into a grill. Get a good heavy cast iron grill pan that is already seasoned so it will not stick. These pans are cheap, easy to clean, easy to maintain, last a lifetime and it can be put right into the oven.[br]

How to Grill Chicken on the Stove:Start with Good Ingredients

[br]Do not compromise on the quality of the chicken. Get the best you can afford. Organically raised chickens are the best in both taste and healthy eating, but they are expensive. So called “all natural” is still quite good and a little cheaper. You should try, at the very least, to get free-range quality chicken.

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[br]If you have to settle for grocery store off the shelf chicken, search out the brand that injects the least amount water and other chemicals into the bird. You many also want to invest in a instant-read meat thermometer. With chicken, you have very little room between under cooked, with unpleasant thoughts of salmonella, and overcooked, with the meat having the dry, hard texture of footwear.
[br]The thermometer helps you find that narrow range of tasty juiciness that eludes so many cooks while giving piece of mind that the chicken is cooked thoroughly. Your indoor grilled chicken will be be guaranteed done at 165°F.

How to Grill Chicken on the Stove: Grilling it Right

[br]For perfectly grilled chicken every time use the following tips. Turn up the burner to high with the grill pan on top of your stove. You can heat it up until you have to turn on the exhaust fan because the pan is smoking a bit. Coat the chicken in olive oil and coat it with your favorite seasoning.

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[br]Put the chicken in the hot pan for one and half minutes per side so it is seared with distinct grill marks. Then turn the heat down to medium (375°F) and continue cooking. Usually it will be about five minutes per side, but be careful not to over cook. This is when the thermometer comes in handy and you can start checking for done chicken.
[br]After the chicken is finished, take it out of the  grill pan and let it set a while before serving. Cooling a little lets the juices flow back to the center of the meat, insuring it is soft and moist. You can serve it up and show everyone you know how to grill chicken on the stove.

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How to Grill Chicken in the Oven

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

[br]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

[br]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

[br]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!

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How to Grill Chicken Drumsticks

There are many ways to learn how to grill chicken drumsticks. Follow these tips and you will have delicious grilled chicken drumsticks every time.

Children and adults alike enjoy grilling chicken drumsticks. Serve up a delicious grilled chicken drumsticks recipe at your next outdoor bbq and you will be a hit with everyone.

How to Grill Chicken Drumsticks: The Key is Good Marinade

[br]The marinade for the best chicken legs usually has a Teriyaki base. The main flavors are soy, ginger and garlic. A popular method is to put the chicken legs in a large plastic zip bag with the marinade, though any bowl or container will do as long as the legs can marinade for an hour or two or until they are ready to use.[br][br]How to Grill Chicken Drumsticks

How to Grill Chicken Drumsticks: Getting the Grill Ready

[br]Just a note: Free range chicken has a better taste than industrial produced chicken; organically produced chicken has a better taste than free range chickens. Granted, organically produced chicken is too expensive for many budgets, but if you can manage free range.

Be sure to start with a good clean grill, because you do not want any flareups with chicken drumsticks. Go ahead and fire up the grill, it can be either gas or charcoal. If you have a gas grill, set the temperature to medium.chicken, it is highly recommended over industrial produced chicken.
[br]For charcoal make a well-distributed flat bed of coals. The chicken will go directly over the coals. With gas, close the grill and allow it to heat up. With charcoal, make sure the coals are thoroughly heated through.

How to Grill Chicken Drumsticks: Tips on Grilling Your Chicken Drumsticks

[br]Using tongs, place the chicken drumsticks on the grill. Close the lid on your grill. After five minutes, turn the chicken drumsticks over, close the lid and cook for another ten minutes. Chicken, unlike beef, must be cooked thoroughly because of the potential for harmful bacteria. To test to see if the chicken is done, peal back the meat on a chicken drumstick to the bone.

If you see any pink in the meat, you need to return the chicken to the grill for a few more minutes. If you are using a thermometer, the inner temperature should be 160 F degrees. Like most meats, you should allow to set a few minutes to allow the juices to return to center of the meat. Hope you enjoyed learning how to grill chicken drumsticks!

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Grilled Chicken Fajita Recipe

Look no further to find a delicious, fast and easy-to-make recipe for grilled chicken fajitas. In no time at all you could be sinking your teeth into the one below.

Summer is here (or near) and there is no better time to fire up your grill and start barbecuing chicken fajitas. Your grilling reputation will benefit nicely from this fairly simple recipe.

Grilled Chicken Fajita Recipe – BBQ style

[br]Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Makes 4 tortillas

Serves 4Grilled Chicken Fajita Recipe

Mouthwatering BBQ Grilled Chicken Fajita Recipe Ingredients

[br]1/2 cup of BBQ sauce

1/2 cup lime juice

2 teaspoons olive oil or vegetable oil

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 whole red pepper

1/2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes

3/4lb boneless skinless chicken breast

4 flour tortillas

Mouthwatering BBQ Grilled Chicken Fajita Recipe Directions

[br]1. Finely chop the garlic and fry for 2 minutes.

2. Mix in the lime juice and bar-b-q sauce.

3. Place the mixture in a bowl and add the chicken breasts. Mix around until evenly and thoroughly covered (to maximize the flavor allow the chicken breasts to marinate overnight).

4. Pre-heat your BBQ grill and make sure the coals are glowing red before cooking.

5. Brush the grill lightly with the olive oil and arrange the chicken on the grill.

6. Allow the chicken to cook for about 7-10 minutes. The times may vary depending on the type of grill you use. The idea is basically to make sure that the chicken is completely white on the inside. Just be careful not to burn the exterior of the meat.

7. While the chicken is grilling, chop up the red pepper into rings and place on the BBQ for the last 4 minutes of cooking time. Cook the red pepper rings for 2 minutes on each side, again, being sure not to burn them.

8. Remove the chicken breasts and use a sharp knife to cut them diagonally into thin slices.

9. Remove the peppers and cut each of the rings in half.

10. Place several strips of chicken and several half pepper rings in each warm tortilla. Sprinkle the contents of each tortilla with the pepper flakes.

11. Wrap and serve while hot.

Try any variety of freshly tossed garden salads to accompany this dish. Salad and garnish will go a long way to making this chicken fajita recipe a major hit with your friends and family.

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