How to Grill Chicken

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I know this is my food blog and all and I am the Sweet Pea Chef, but so much of our home kitchen and my foundation as a cook comes from Dustin.

Grilled Chicken

Like with grilling.  I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it already, but Dustin is a fantastic griller.  This means good things for me because I am not such a grilling aficionado.

Seasoning The Chicken

In fact, I much prefer to leave all the grilling to Dustin.  And, why not?  He spends a lot of time and energy researching all the best ways to grill and he makes amazing burgers, tri tip, salmon, steak, chicken and more.

Seasoned Chicken

The good news for me?  He cooks delicious food on the grill.  And I get to eat it.

The good news for all of us?  He is willing to share all his secrets and provide us step by step instructions on how to grill amazingly flavorful food.

Adding the Chicken to the Grill

As our inaugural “How To Grill” post, we decided to start with Dustin’s tips on grilling chicken thighs and drumsticks, though these tips also will work for most any cut pieces of chicken, like wings and chicken breasts.  Let’s get grilling!

Dustin’s Tips For How To Grill Chicken

  • What you’ll need: Good quality chicken (separated into thighs, drumsticks, breasts, etc.), a gas or charcoal grillOpens in a new tab. (ideally with the ability to set and read temperature), a meat thermometerOpens in a new tab., salt and pepper (BBQ sauce is optional).
  • Leave the skin on the chicken for added flavor and juiciness.  Even if you don’t like to eat it, you can always take it off after grilling.
Flipping the Chicken
  • Make it simple and just sprinkle a healthy serving of salt and pepper on the raw chicken before placing on the grill.
  • Preheat your grill before adding the chicken — have two areas on your grill – one for high, direct heat and one for lower heat.  You will first place the chicken directly above the high heat to sear, then move it to the lower heat.
Temperature Checking
  • Use tongsOpens in a new tab. (like the ones pictured) rather than a spatula for better control when flipping the chicken.
  • Place the chicken over the high heat for approximately 5-8 minutes or until well-browned and crispy.  The longer you leave it there, the crispier it will get.
  • Once seared, flip the chicken and place over the area of lower heat.  Close the cover to the grill at this point and leave the chicken, untouched, until the internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees, approximately 5-10 minutes, depending on your grill.
Adding the BBQ Sauce
  • If desired, you can spread on your BBQ sauceOpens in a new tab. at this time.  Either use a brush or add some sauce to a deep dish and roll the chicken around to cover.  If removing the chicken to add sauce, place back onto the grill for a minute or so.
  • Remove from the heat and let rest for 5 minutes.
How to Grill Chicken

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How to Grill Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

How to Grill Chicken - Learn all of Dustin's tips on how to grill amazing chicken with step by step directions.

Categories: Easy Dinner
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: how do i grill chicken, how to grill a chicken, how to grill chicken
Servings: 8
Calories: 379 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • a gas or charcoal grill ideally with the ability to set and read temperature
  • a meat thermometer
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce is optional
Instructions
  1. Leave the skin on the chicken for added flavor and juiciness. Even if you don't like to eat it, you can always take it off after grilling.
  2. Make it simple and just sprinkle a healthy serving of salt and pepper on the raw chicken before placing on the grill.
  3. Preheat your grill before adding the chicken -- have two areas on your grill - one for high, direct heat and one for lower heat. You will first place the chicken directly above the high heat to sear, then move it to the lower heat.
  4. Use tongs (like the ones pictured) rather than a spatula for better control when flipping the chicken.
  5. Place the chicken over the high heat for approximately 5-8 minutes or until well-browned and crispy. The longer you leave it there, the crispier it will get.
  6. Once seared, flip the chicken and place over the area of lower heat. Close the cover to the grill at this point and leave the chicken, untouched, until the internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees, approximately 5-10 minutes, depending on your grill.
  7. If desired, you can spread on your BBQ sauce at this time. Either use a brush or add some sauce to a deep dish and roll the chicken around to cover. If removing the chicken to add sauce, place back onto the grill for a minute or so.
  8. Remove from the heat and let rest for 5 minutes
Nutrition Facts
How to Grill Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 379 Calories from Fat 203
% Daily Value*
Fat 22.6g35%
Saturated Fat 6.2g31%
Cholesterol 162mg54%
Sodium 472mg20%
Carbohydrates 7.9g3%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 5.9g7%
Protein 33.6g67%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

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