Ingredients for the grilled chicken video above:
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Finely grated zest and juice of 2 lemons
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves,
- about 6 ounces each
For many of you who love cooking outdoors, especially the 4th of July, grilling chicken is not that easy, especially those who practice it only over the weekend.
It really takes some time to get the mouthwatering aroma and taste of a perfectly grilled chicken.
But, once you get the hang of cooking chicken that is juicy & tasty, it’ll be worth all the effort.
So, I would like to give you some tips for cooking chicken on outdoor grill along with a couple of my favorite barbecue sauce recipes.
Do You Love Chicken & Barbecuing? Then Bring Out the Grill!
Surely, many of you have had this experience at some point. Cooking a perfectly grilled chicken is easier said than done, and very few people can grill their chicken successfully.
Grilling a chicken requires more than patience and cooking skills. I’ve found the most fundamental requirement is actually practice, practice, practice.
Even a small wrong estimation of cooking on a grill can change your plan into making a chicken soup if you do not follow the right method of cooking the chicken.
Time is the most most important element of cooking.
Get It Right Every Time – Chicken That Is! But…
Perhaps,you may think that your days of eating things like a grilled BBQ chicken breast are over.
Especially, since you are about to choose a healthier eating style for reasons of dieting or because you want your family to eat better for long term health.
Yes, there are some types of chicken that you do have to avoid, for the most part.
But, you can make some of your favorites if you make some modifications to the part of the chicken that you use.
You don’t even have to give up the dark meat to have a healthier chicken breast dish.
For dieting reasons, most would use chicken breasts for grilled BBQ chicken.
This can be great on the grill and even in your oven at times, but there is one thing about breasts that most people do not like.
These can dry out very quickly and even with good BBQ sauce on it, it can be like chewing on rubber chicken rather than real chicken.
Skin On Or Skin Off?
You can use bone-in and skin-on chicken breast of chicken if you wish.
You are going to have a few more calories in there, but it is still an overall good choice.
This meat is going to be more moist than the skinless breast, and is probably going to taste better.
Some of the best grilled BBQ chicken is the skin on thigh. This is classic, along with the drumstick, for outdoor barbecue and even fried chicken.
The problem with this meat is that it does have more fat and if you eat a lot of it, you are not going to lose any weight and will probably gain.
Dark meat, however, is the juicy part of the chicken.
You can either take the skin off to cut off calories before you cook it, or you can cook it with the skin on to add some moisture, and then remove when the chicken is almost done.
Then apply your favorite low calorie BBQ sauce which has less sugar and calories. This is a healthier than usual option that is still going to taste really good on the grill.
Know When Your Chicken is Cooked!
To cook chicken perfectly, you should limit the amount of time you leave the meat on the gas grill. The most effective way to grill chicken is by grilling it on a low heat for about 45 minutes or less, depending on how hot your grill is.
Your low heat should be 230 degrees F To 250 degrees F.
You have to use a meat thermometer so you can pull the meat the moment it meets the temperature requirements. So make sure you get it off the moment it is done for the best taste possible.Otherwise, it will be very dry.
If you use bone in, remember not to touch the bone with the meat thermometer that you use, as that can give you the wrong reading on the true temperature of the meat.
Having a meat thermometer is a must and you will be amazed at how much easier this little cooking device can make your cooking.
The cooking thermometer will help you monitor the internal temperature of the meat without having to slice it on the grill.
This will avoid the discharge of moisture in the grill while grilling. And, it will also reduce your chances of under cooking or overcooking your chicken.
The Right Cooking Time for Chicken – With or Without Bones
Did you realize there is a different cooking time for bone in and boneless chicken?
If it is boneless chicken, the internal temperature of cooked chicken should be about 170 degrees F.
And, the ideal temperature for chicken with bones is 180 degrees F.
You Don’t Have to Be an Expert Chef!
I hope you will take a few minutes to read this tips on cooking before you grill chicken again or do any type of cooking for your friends or loved ones..
Remember, you avoid overcooked, under-cooked or even burnt barbecue chicken, your guests will be very impressed with your cooking skills
And Who Knows? You may become the new neighborhood chef for every outdoor cooking event especially when it comes to cooking delicious chicken.
Maybe, you’ll even give one of my barbecue sauce recipes below a try!
#1. Honey Flavored Barbecue Sauce
If you’ve got a taste for honey, this barbecue sauce will really make you happy. It’s easy to prepare & paste for a delicious chicken meal on the grill.
Tomato sauce – 1 cup
Honey- 1/4 cup
Soy sauce – 1/4 cup
White vinegar – 6 tablespoons (distilled)
Light corn syrup – 1/4 cup
Worcestershire sauce – 3 tablespoons
Hoisin sauce – 2 tablespoons
Cayenne pepper – 1/2 teaspoon
Black pepper (freshly ground)
1. First, combine all above listed ingredients in a saucepan and place over medium heat.
2. Now, cook ingredients approximately 30 minutes or until mixture is thickened.
3. Then cool and use as quickly as possible.
#2: Peppered Barbecue Sauce
If you love spicy in your menu, this peppered barbecue sauce has all the spice you’ need & will definitely tantalize your taste buds.
Distilled white vinegar – 1 cup
Mustard powder – 1/2 tablespoon
Ground black pepper – 1 tablespoon
Ground red pepper – 1 tablespoon
Salt – 1 tablespoon
White sugar – 1 tablespoon
Butter – 2 tablespoons
Tomato paste – 1 can (6 ounce)
1. Add vinegar, mustard powder, black pepper, red pepper, salt, white sugar, and butter in a medium saucepan and blend well.
2 .Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.
3. Stir in the tomato paste until well blended.
4. Allow to cool.
#3. Orange Juice Barbecue Sauce
This sweet & spicy orange juice barbecue sauce recipe has a tangy, citrus taste that everyone will recognize and love.
Vegetable Oil – 3 tablespoons
Onions – 2 (chopped)
Cloves garlic – 5 (minced)
Frozen orange juice concentrate – 1 can (12 fluid ounce, thawed)
Mustard powder – 2 teaspoons
Ketchup – 2 cups
Lemon -1 (juiced)
Burgundy wine -1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
1 .Pour vegetable oil in a medium skillet, then add onion and garlic.
2. Saute mixture approximately 4 to 5 minutes or until onion is translucent.
3. Add thawed orange juice, mustard powder ketchup, juiced lemon, Burgundy wine, salt and black pepper.
4. Stir mixture together, simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, then put through food processor.
5. If desired, add water to thin sauce.
Are You a Grill-master Looking For Some New Grilling Ideas?
I’ve compiled a collection of 35 Barbecue Recipes that will give you a choice of preparing a mouth-watering meal your family and friends will love while spending fun time outdoors.
My cookbook includes recipes for grilling pork, beef & chicken. Hope these finger licking barbecue recipes get you in the mood for more outdoor grilling.
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Enjoy your chicken!!
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