Easy Grilled Chicken

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  • Easy Grilled Chicken – Made with just 5 simple ingredients in less than 30 minutes. Tender, juicy and flavorful grilled chicken breast every time!

    Grilled chicken is a favorite in the summer time. My whole family loves it and eats it right up. We love to pair it with a big chopped salad, corn on the cob and grilled fruit kabobs. The ultimate summer meal!

    grilling chicken breast on the BBQ

    Grilled chicken breast

    Grilled chicken is one of my favorite things to make during the summer. I love how juicy and tender the chicken gets, with a delicious charred flavor.

    The best part about grilled chicken breast is that it’s so easy to whip up. It takes just 5 simple ingredients and is made in less than 30 minutes. Plus it pairs perfectly with all the fresh and delicious summer side dishes.

    I love to make a big batch of grilled chicken to use throughout the week on salads. It’s perfect for meal prep and is one of my favorite healthy dinners. Yum!

    Seasoning for grilled chicken

    When seasoning my grilled chicken, I like to keep it simple and use salt, pepper, garlic powder, olive oil and some smoked paprika. If you’re not a fan of heat, you can omit the paprika. This blend gives the chicken the perfect easy boost of flavor, while still letting the natural juices shine through.

    If you’re looking for a marinade with a bolder flavor, try using my famous chicken marinade or even some BBQ sauce.

    TIP: If you have time, season your chicken about 2 hours before grilling. I like to place my chicken breasts in a zip top bag and add all of the seasonings. The flavors infuse a bit more and taste extra delicious!

    seasonings for chicken breast

    The trick to tender chicken breasts

    If you want super tender grilled chicken, don’t skip this step! The trick is to pound the chicken breasts with a meat tenderizer. It helps to soften the muscle fibers in the chicken, creating an amazingly juicy and tender chicken breast. It also evens out the thickness of the chicken breast, making it easier to evenly cook.

    Also, make sure to let your grilled chicken breast rest a few minutes after removing from the grill! This keeps all of the juices inside and creates a very moist and tender chicken breast.

    How to grill chicken

    1. Heat the grill. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
    2. Prepare chicken breasts. Thaw and trim chicken. Pat with paper towels and pound with a meat tenderizer.
    3. Rub with marinade. Stir together the olive oil, salt, garlic powder, pepper and paprika in a small bowl. Then rub over both sides of the chicken.
    4. Grill the chicken. Place chicken on grill and cook for 4-6 minutes per side. The thermometer should read 160° to 165°F and the center should no longer be pink.
    5. Let rest. Let the grilled chicken rest for at least 5 minutes prior to serving. Enjoy!

    grilled chicken on the bbq

    How do you know when it’s done?

    I love to have a meat thermometer handy to easily check on the chicken temperature while grilling. When it’s done and ready to remove, the grilled chicken temp will be 165ºF.

    TIP: I actually like to take it off the grill when it’s about 160ºF and then let it rest for about 5 minutes. The temperature will usually rise to 165ºF. This helps prevent overcooking…no one wants dry and chewy grilled chicken!

    How do you serve grilled chicken?

    sliced grilled chicken breast on white plate

    Grilling tips

    • Start with clean and oiled grill plates.
    • Pound the chicken with a meat tenderizer to create super moist and tender grilled chicken.
    • Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature. When the chicken is done, the temp should be 165º.
    • I like to remove my chicken from the grill when it’s about 160ºF. After it rests for a few minutes, the temp usually rises up to 165ºF.
    • Make sure to let the meat rest for at least 5 minutes! If you don’t, the juices will all run out.

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    grilled chicken on the bbq

    Grilled Chicken Recipe

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: grilled chicken, grilled chicken breast, grilled chicken recipe, how to grill chicken
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 20 minutes
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 345
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Easy Grilled Chicken - Made with just 5 simple ingredients in less than 30 minutes. Tender, juicy and flavorful grilled chicken breast every time!

    Ingredients

    • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
    • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika , optional
    • 4 chicken breasts

    Instructions

    • Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
    • Thaw and trim chicken breasts. Pat down with paper towels and then pound the chicken down with a meat tenderizer.
    • Combine the olive oil, salt, garlic powder, pepper and paprika in a small bowl. Then rub over both sides of the chicken.
    • Place chicken on the grill for 4 to 6 minutes per side (or until a thermometer reads 160° to 165°F and then center is no longer pink).

    Notes

    • Start with clean and oiled grill plates.
    • Pound the chicken with a meat tenderizer to create super moist and tender grilled chicken.
    • Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature. When the chicken is done, the temp should be 165º.
    • I like to remove my chicken from the grill when it's about 160ºF. After it rests for a few minutes, the temp usually rises up to 165ºF.
    • Make sure to let the meat rest for at least 5 minutes! If you don't, the juices will all run out.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 801mg | Potassium: 569mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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