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How to Grill Chicken

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
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 379 kcal
Author Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef


  • 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


  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.