by Olena

Grilled Chicken Breast

by Olena

Grilled Chicken Breast in a dish garnished with herbs

Grilled Chicken

Grilled chicken breast or how to cook chicken breast on the grill that is juicy, without marinating or long list of ingredients. If I don’t have time to marinate anything in a Ziploc bag overnight, means neither do you.

Healthy grilled chicken is amazing with whole wheat pasta, corn on the cob or make healthy chicken salad with it, what the heck?!

During cooler months I got into a habit of making a batch of baked chicken breast. In summer throwing the most expensive cut of chicken on a grill is the answer to never ending “what’s for dinner?!”.

Tips for Best Grilled Chicken Breast

  • Don’t overcook. Long cooking time dries out and breast is already the driest part of chicken.
  • Use silicone grilling mats for even more moist grilled chicken. Keep in mind cooking chicken breast on the grill this way takes longer but meat comes out juicier. I have these sheets and they are wonderful!
  • Remember it’s a chicken breast. So, if you expect fatty juicy meat, go for thighs. Yes, you can sub boneless chicken breast with boneless chicken thighs in this recipe.

Simple Seasoning – No Marinating

I’m Ukrainian. So I believe a combination of fresh garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper makes every food shine. And when you use this seasoning, you don’t have to marinate chicken long. That’s it!

I also don’t believe in pounding chicken breasts before cooking. It sure helps to cook chicken evenly. I just do not like or have time to do that. Instead, I slice chicken breasts lengthwise into similar thickness.

How to Grill Chicken Breast

  1. Cut chicken breasts into halves lengthwise to make them thinner. Place in a large bowl along with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir with tongs and let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat grill on medium-high (450-500 degrees F) and rub with oiled paper towel. Place chicken on the grill, close the lid and grill for 8-10 minutes turning once. Do not overcook. Chicken is done when instant read thermometer reads 165 degrees F. Or I usually cut in with a knife and if juices are no longer pink – grilled chicken is ready.
  3. Remove from the grill, cover with foil and let rest for 5 minutes. This allows juices to settle inside the meat and not outside on our plate. Making juicy grilled chicken.

how to grill chicken breast

What to Serve with Grilled Chicken?

Serve with a side of whole grain like quinoa or perfect brown rice. For a low carb meal, serve with a big side of lettuce salad or have you ever tried grilled romaine?! Grill lettuce at same time and you will “kill 2 birds at once” – protein and veggies.

Or make this absolutely stunning colorful grilled chicken salad. YUM!

grilled chicken salad in a bowl

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Grilled Chicken Breast

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How to make perfect juicy boneless skinless chicken breast on bbq without marinating or long list of ingredients.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: North American

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless & skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
  • 2 large garlic cloves, grated
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken breasts into halves lengthwise to make them thinner. Place in a large bowl along with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir with tongs and let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat grill on medium-high (450-500 degrees F) and rub with oiled paper towel. Place chicken on the grill, close the lid and grill for 8-10 minutes turning once. Do not overcook.
  3. Remove from the grill, cover with foil and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve with a side of grain and salad, use in salads or perfect for a meal prep.

Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes

Using these grilling mats makes chicken even juicier but keep in mind takes longer to cook.

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About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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