Grilling is a favorite pastime for many people who love to spend time outdoors. Burger and hotdogs are the fall back food. However, many people are turning to a new recipe: grilled chicken. Just throw those pieces of chicken on that grill, and remember it doesn’t have to be boring.
Its time to have some fun on your new brick patio. What better than some food for the soul. Try out these easy, grilled chicken recipes for a delicious dinner of perfectly grilled chicken.
Tips for Grilling Chicken
Chicken might be delicious, but when it comes to grilling it, it’s one of those foods that can go wrong quickly. Instead of slapping it on the grill and leaving it alone, check out these tips to make your grilled chicken the envy of the neighborhood.
Preparing the Chicken
First off, be sure you prepare the chicken correctly - this means picking out the right cut. Boneless chicken and small pieces on skewers work best for grilling; pound them into flatter pieces so that they cook quicker.
Once you have your chicken prepared, add flavor. Don’t be so caught up in cooking the chicken that you forget to season it. Liberally season with salt, pepper, or your favorite barbecue dry rub. You may even soak it overnight in a brine to keep it moist or marinate it the night before.
When you have your chicken on the grill, be aware of how much time it might take. Not all cuts of chicken are the same and most will require different grilling times to be cooked through. For consistency, stick to one cut of chicken to make it easier.
Also, remember to sauce or glaze your chicken when it’s almost finished cooking. However, if you add the sauce too early, it will burn. Instead, add the barbeque sauce or glaze 15 minutes before the chicken is done.
Recipes You Must Try
Now that you have the basics to grilling chicken, you’ll need a few recipes to get you started. There are many ways to prepare the blank slate that is chicken, with sides and flavors that make this ordinary cut of meat that much more extraordinary.
For those of you looking for a fresh flavor with your chicken, this cilantro-lime chicken recipe is perfect. The lime and cilantro add an interesting flavor, while the avocado creates a creamy texture without too much effort.
Cilantro-Lime Grilled Chicken with Avocado Salsa
Before you get started, here’s what you’ll need for your chicken marinade:
- 4 6-8oz chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
- 2 juices limes
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 pinch kosher salt
1. You’ll only need a few of those cilantro leaves, as you combine them with the lime juice, olive oil and salt. Blend the mixture together to be sure the cilantro is thoroughly chopped and blended. This will be your marinade. After, just transfer it to a flat pan to use.
2. Next, take out your chicken. You may do this the night before to be sure it has the time to soak, but it really only has to sit in the marinade for 3-5 minutes for full flavor. Pat the chicken dry and drop it in the marinade.
3. After around 5 minutes, place it on the grill. Let it sit on the grill for about 3 minutes before you reduce the heat to low and another three minutes before you flip it. Spoon some of that extra marinade over the chicken while it’s cooking to add even more flavor.
4. After your chicken is finished cooking, you’ll need to make the avocado salsa. You’ll need a few more ingredients, but it’s definitely worth it when you top your delicious grilled chicken. Be sure you pick these ingredients up:
- 1 seeded and chopped roma tomato
- 1 tbsp of coarse chopped onion
- 1 tbsp of coarse chopped onion
- ½ juiced lime
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ tbsp salt
- 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1 peeled and diced avocado
This part of the recipe is quite simple. Once you have everything chopped up, combine it for your salad. You’ll use this to top your chicken once it’s finished for a fresh and delicious summer meal.
Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad with Avocado
Avocado is a great summer food, so grab one, pick up some corn and prepare this simple recipe for your dinner or cook out. Before you begin, check your cabinets for these ingredients:
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp chopped rosemary
- 4 finely chopped cloves of garlic
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 2 6-oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 3 ears of shucked corn (or canned corn if you prefer)
- 5 oz baby spinach
- 1 cut avocado
- 2 oz Parmesan shaved
1. First, set your grill to medium high and brush it with some oil. While that’s heating up, mix together your lemon juice and rosemary with garlic, the olive oil, just a bit of salt and a small amount of pepper.
2. Use half for dressing and half to soak your chicken; just transfer some to a smaller bowl and set it aside. Rub the mix over the chicken, making sure to turn it if you want it coated evenly.
3. If you are using corn on the cob, rub it down with the last tablespoon of oil while adding some salt and pepper. Grill both your chicken and your corn, covered, before the corn is lightly charred, which you can then cut off the cob.
4. You are able to use store bought corn if you’d like too, but it won’t have that same freshly grilled flavor. Toss some spinach together with the corn and avocado, adding the dressing and a little parmesan.
Add the chicken and you’ve got a delicious meal, but make sure it’s cooked all the way through before you plate.
Cornell Chicken Barbecue
Get a little taste of New York with this classic recipe. All you need are a few ingredients to get you started:
- 2 halved or cut up chickens
- 2 cups apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp kosher salt
- 1 tbsp garlic salt
- 2 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
1. Combine the oil and vinegar, add the egg and beat it all together until everything is well-mixed. From there, throw in the other dry ingredients. Marinate the chicken overnight or for a few hours before or use this mix to baste the chicken while it’s on the grill.
2. Just be sure you have a 2 to 1 ratio of cider vinegar to oil and keep the chicken covered in the marinade if that’s your choice. To marinate it, place the chicken in a bowl, pour the sauce over it, cover it with wrap and keep it in the fridge until it’s time to grill.
3. When you’ve prepared your grill and have an oiled rack up, place the chicken on the grill for 20-30 minutes on each side, depending on how hot your coals are. Turn it frequently to prevent burning.
4. To check for doneness, see if the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. You should be able to see the juices run out when you cut it with the tip of a knife.
Grilled chicken is a classic summer food, but it doesn’t have to be boring or bland. Freshen it up with ingredients like avocado or add a delicious marinade to make your chicken the perfect meal. With these tips and recipes, you’ll be grilling chicken every night just to try them all out.