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How to Grill Chicken Thighs

Figuring out the best way to grill chicken thighs does not have to be an exercise in futility. Try these handy tips for doing chicken thighs on the grill.

Some people seem to think that the breast is the only part of a chicken that can be cooked effectively with a grill. Fortunately, this is not the case.

How to Grill Chicken Thighs: Preparing the Meat

In the preparation stage, make sure to remove as much of the excess fat as possible. Fat will melt and drip onto the coals causing flare ups. Flare ups will scorch the exterior of your meat and make it looked burned.

You also want to wash the meat thoroughly, especially if you plan to season the pieces before placing them on the grill. Seasoning your chicken before grilling is a great way to maximize the flavor. Keep in mind that more important than the type of seasoning you use is how you apply it. As much as possible, you should try to get the seasoning directly onto the meat because the skin acts like a barrier and prevents the flavor from infiltrating the meat.

How to Grill Chicken Thighs: Cooking the Meat

Use a wire brush to clean the grate before placing your meat on the grill. Then, apply a small amount of vegetable oil to the grate to prevent the meat from sticking.

If you ask any pro about grilling chicken thighs he will tell you to cook them slowly under medium to low heat. Position the meat toward the extremity of the grill grate. Keep a close watch for flare ups. If the flames flare up from melted fat dripping into the fire you can either remove the chicken from the grill till the fire dies down, or you can grab the meat with tongs and shake the liquid fat off into the fire or onto the ground.

Check the meat periodically and turn over when the bottom becomes firm and brown. Rearrange the pieces on the grill as necessary if one area is cooking faster than another.

How to Grill Chicken Thighs: Finishing the Meat

Shortly before the chicken thighs are finished, close the vents on your grill and douse the meat with several layers of barbecue sauce. Let the chicken sit on the grill for just a couple of minutes afterward to give the sauce time to seep into the meat. If you want, you can turn the chicken and repeat this step prior to removing it from the grill. These grilled chicken thighs will be yummy!

Dispel any doubt that grilling chicken thighs is easy by following these couple of helpful suggestions.

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How to Grill Chicken on a Gas Grill

Most people think they know how to grill chicken – just throw the chicken on the grill until it is cooked and dried out. Here are some tips to keep that chicken moist, juicy and tasty.

Grilling chicken thighs on gas grill (or wings, etc.) is a traditional bbq favorite. With a little patience and care, chicken cooked over a gas grill can be a very special all season treat.

How to Grill Chicken on a Gas Grill: Be Kind to Your Bird

Though chicken is one of the popular meats for grilling and bbq, it is also one of the most abused. Fear of under cooking drives many cooks to grill chicken into shoe leather. Plus, chicken dries out faster than most meats. Salmonella is a real concern, but it is not a good reason to turn chicken parts into hockey pucks.

You can be perfectly safe while leaving all those wonderful juices and flavors in the meat. A meat thermometer is a good inexpensive investment. When that chicken reaches 165°F you can rest assured the meat is cooked with the juices still flowing. With no thermometer, there is always the temptation to over cook for safety’s sake. We all want to be safe, but we do not have to destroy dinner to do it.

How to Grill Chicken on a Gas Grill: Some Certain Steps

Wash the chicken thoroughly. Cover the bird with your choice of spices. Be sure not to miss any parts. Heat the grill to about 240° and coat it with oil. Place the chicken on the grill, close the lid and turn it about every ten minutes. After 30 minutes start checking the thermometer. The chicken is done when the inside reaches 165°F. At this point, the outside of the chicken will be golden brown.

How to Grill Chicken on a Gas Grill: Tips on Indirect Cooking

This can be done on any gas grill with multiple burners. Turn the burners up high and run for a few minutes until everything is hot. Turn a burner all way down and place the chicken over the turned off burner. Close the lid and let the grill do its thing. This method is a little slower, it takes about ten minutes longer, but you are less likely to accidentally over cook the chicken.

When grilling with gas, you have the luxury of greater control over the heat when compared to other types of grills. This is very helpful when you are cooking sensitive meat like chicken.

Here one final, but very important tip. When your chicken is done cooking, take it off the grill, put it on a serving dish and let it set for at least ten minutes before cutting it up. Cooling draws the juices back to the center of the chicken.

If you fail to let it sit, the meat in the center will be dry and hard. To be able to treat your family and friends to some great juicy chicken, you will need to know the best way to grill chicken.

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