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How to BBQ Chicken Breast

Not many people have the skill to grill chicken right, but knowing how to grill a chicken breast will make you a hit at the next neighborhood cookout.

Chicken is a great menu item, but it can be difficult to handle on the grill. Following a few simple tips will make your next barbecue a success. Learn how to make a great grilled chicken breast.

How to BBQ Chicken Breast: Prep time

Because of the shape of chicken breasts, it is easy to overcook some parts of the chicken while leaving other parts underdone. An easy solution is to cut the meat to a more even shape and then pound the chicken to a thickness of about 1/2 inch. Another option is to cut the chicken into strips; just make sure they are large enough so that they do not fall through the grill. A good way to keep the chicken moist is to use a brine or marinade, soaking for about 30 minutes before grilling; an oil-based marinade works best. Do not apply sugar-based sauces, such as BBQ sauce, before grilling because they can cause the chicken to burn; apply these sauces only after the meat is done.

How to BBQ Chicken Breast: Cook time

Before placing the chicken on the grill, you may want to coat the clean grill with oil or cooking spray; this will keep the meat from sticking to the grill. The key to cooking chicken is to use direct heat for a short period of time. You need to turn the meat over only once, and there is no need to sear the chicken; searing the meat will allow the juices to escape and dry out the meat. Boneless chicken will cook in less time than chicken with the bone in.

How to BBQ Chicken Breast: Brine Time

Brine is simply a saltwater solution that chefs use to add more flavor and tenderness to their meat. A basic brine solution is 1 cup of table salt to 1 gallon water; you can adjust the measurements based on the amount of meat you have to prepare, but you want enough brine solution to completely cover the meat. The time for soaking varies depending on the amount of meat and the level of salt flavor you want.

Using these simple tips and the recipes for chicken at, you will having a winning menu that keeps them asking for more.

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