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Easy Grilled Chicken

This easy grilled chicken is made with just 5 simple ingredients in less than 30 minutes. Tender, juicy and flavorful grilled chicken breast every time!

grilling chicken breast on the BBQ

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Grilled chicken is one of my favorite things to make during the summer. I love how juicy and tender the meat gets, with a delicious charred flavor. It’s super simple to whip up and can be cooked in unison with grilled vegetables, vegetable skewers or grilled corn to make an easy, no-fuss meal.

Then use leftovers to throw on a spinach berry salad, make a buffalo chicken wrap or to bulk up a caprese pasta salad. There are so many different ways to use grilled chicken…you’ll never get bored!

brushing marinade on raw chicken breast

Seasoning + marinade

When seasoning the meat, I like to keep it simple and use a mixture of 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 tangy homemade BBQ sauce. Both require a few more ingredients, but are just as easy to make.

TIP: If you have time, marinate your meat about 2 hours before grilling. I like to place the chicken in a zip top bag and pour the marinade on top. The flavors infuse a bit more and taste extra delicious!

The trick to tender chicken breasts

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

Another key trick is to make sure to let your meat rest for a few minutes after removing from the grill. If you slice it right away, the juices will immediately run out. Letting it rest keeps the juices inside so that it’s super moist and delicious.

grilled chicken on the bbq

Helpful grilling tips

  • Clean your grill. Start with clean and oiled grill plates, so that the meat doesn’t stick to the grill when cooking.
  • Flipping. Don’t flip the chicken until about 4 to 6 minutes have passed. That’s how you achieve those beautiful charred grilled marks.
  • Meat thermometer. Use a meat thermometer to easily check the temperature while grilling. I like to remove my chicken from the grill when it’s about 160ºF. After it rests for a few minutes, the temperature usually rises up to 165ºF.
  • Let rest. Make sure to let the meat rest for at least 5 minutes! If you don’t, the juices will all run out.

Sides for serving

Pretty much anything tastes great alongside grilled chicken. Keep it light with a fresh vegetable dish or side chopped salad. Or make a more hearty side dish since the chicken is light in itself. Below are a few of our favorites side dishes.

Storing + freezing leftovers

The chicken will stay fresh in the fridge in an airtight container or bag for up to 3 days. To freeze, make sure it has cooled completely. Do not slice the chicken, it should be whole when freezing. If freezing more than one piece, wrap each individually in plastic wrap so that they don’t stick together. Then place in an airtight container or bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then warm in the microwave or in a pan on the stove (or enjoy cold if you prefer).

sliced grilled chicken breast on white plate

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grilled chicken on the bbq

Grilled Chicken

5 from 9 votes
This easy grilled chicken is made with just 5 simple ingredients in less than 30 minutes. Tender, juicy and flavorful grilled chicken breast every time!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Trim chicken breasts. Pat down with paper towels if needed. Then pound the chicken down with a meat tenderizer to an even thickness.
    pounding chicken in a bag
  • Combine the olive oil, salt, garlic powder, pepper and paprika in a small bowl. Then rub over both sides of the chicken.
    chicken with marinade on white plate
  • Place chicken on the grill for 4 to 6 minutes per side (or until a thermometer reads 160ºF to 165°F and then center is no longer pink). Allow to rest 5 minutes before serving.
    grilling chicken breast on the BBQ

Notes

Tip: I like to remove my chicken from the grill when it's about 160ºF. After it rests for a few minutes, the temperature usually rises up to 165ºF.
Marinade: You may also use this easy chicken marinade or BBQ sauce if preferred. 
Storing: It will stay fresh in the fridge in an airtight container or bag for up to 3 days.
Freezing: Wrap each whole chicken breast (do not slice) in plastic wrap, then place in an airtight container or bag. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator over night when ready to enjoy. 

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
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Jamielyn Nye

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