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Easy Steps to Grill Chicken at Home (With Pictures)

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Home grilled chicken recipe

Home grilled chicken recipe

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.

— George Bernard Shaw, "Man and Superman"

Easy and Delicious Grilled Chicken at Home

When it comes to non-vegetarian food, my family loves chicken—and their favourite recipe is this one for grilled chicken.

On Sundays, we often have chicken, and this particular grilled recipe is a unanimous choice. It is light, non-oily, nutritious and of course delicious.

This dish is so simple to prepare, and it does not require much planning, either. All you need to have on-hand is chicken.

I prefer to use fresh chicken for grilling purposes. However, if you are using frozen chicken, remember to thaw it completely first.

Before marinating, all of the moisture should be removed from the meat. This can be done effectively by using blotting paper or paper towels.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

1 hour 15 min

40 min

1 hour 55 min

2 to 3

Fresh chicken pieces

Fresh chicken pieces

Simple and easy to find ingredients for home grilled chicken

Simple and easy to find ingredients for home grilled chicken

Ingredients

  • 500 grams fresh chicken, cut-up pieces
  • 2 tablespoons thick curd/yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 level teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 level teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste (in equal proportion)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chat masala or lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 2 green cardamom

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”

― Ruth Reichl

Marinate the chicken pieces for about an hour

Marinate the chicken pieces for about an hour

The finished recipe of grilled chicken--Yummy!

The finished recipe of grilled chicken--Yummy!

Instructions

  1. Wash the chicken pieces and dry them with a tissue paper or paper towels. If you are using frozen chicken pieces, thaw them completely and then wipe them dry.
  2. This is advised, so that the marination penetrates nicely into the chicken. You can select pieces of your choice, but fleshy pieces are good for grilling.
  3. You can prick the flesh of the chicken with a fork or make small cuts, before marination.
  4. Thoroughly combine the chicken with wet ingredients: curd, vinegar and ginger-garlic paste.
  5. In a food processor, grind the dry ingredients: cumin seed, coriander seed, cloves, black cardamom, green cardamom. Mix with the marinated chicken pieces.
  6. Cover and set aside, preferably in a refrigerator for 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven at 200 degree celsius. Oil the metal rack and place the marinated chicken pieces on it. Leave a little gap, while laying the individual pieces, on the grilling tray.
  8. Grill on one side for 20 minutes. Turn the chicken pieces to grill on another side. Again grill for 20 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle lemon juice/chat masala (optional) over the finished grilled chicken pieces.
  10. Take out in the serving dish and serve hot with green mint or coriander chutney and tomato sauce.

Tips and Techniques

1. Remember to brush the metal grilling rack with oil properly, so that the chicken does not stick to it while cooking.

2. Always use the grill or the oven with cover for even cooking. This allows the chicken to cook so that it is tender and juicy on the inside, whereas it will be crispy on the outside.

3. Do not set the temperature too high. The chicken pieces, with bones might burn and will not be juicy enough. My oven/grill provides the ideal temperature at 200 degree Celsius, but it might be different for your oven/grill.

Please make an assessment of suitable temperature, for grilling in your oven/grill beforehand.

4. Use long-handled wooden spoons or spatula for turning the chicken.

5. Test the chicken with a toothpick, to see if it is done.

6. Choose equal-sized pieces for grilling. If you select some small and some big pieces, they will take different time for cooking.

Chicken legs or breast pieces of equal sizes are ideal for cooking together.

7. Remember to clean the oven/grill for the next time, to avoid any unpleasant odour.

Enjoy this simple recipe for grilled chicken at home!


Green Mint Chutney Recipe

Green chutney is very popular in India even with ordinary meals. It is very easy to make, and it requires very few ingredients. This chutney is a perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh green mint or green coriander leaves, cleaned and washed
  • 1 green chili
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

Combine all ingredients and grind them, in the food processor. Do not add water, as the green leaves combined with salt, leave a lot of moisture.

Cooking for the family is therapeutic.

Nothing is better than going home, to family, eating good food and relaxing.

—Irina Shayk

Food to me is always about cooking and eating with those you love and care for.

—David Chang

And that's it--The delicious home grilled chicken, ready to serve!

And that's it--The delicious home grilled chicken, ready to serve!

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© 2013 Chitrangada Sharan

Do you grill chicken at home? Please share your method in the comments section.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 05, 2016:

Thanks Ann810 for stopping by!

I am glad you liked the recipe . Hope you will enjoy it when you try it.

Thanks and have a good day!

Ann810 from Sunny Cali on September 05, 2016:

Interesting grilled chicken recipe. I might have to include the ginger marinade on grilled chicken, next time I grill. Thanks for unique recipe.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 27, 2015:

Thank you Suzette, for stopping by and appreciating the recipe. Grilling something on charcoal gives delicious taste and aroma. My mother used to prepare chicken, kebabs by this method---heavenly!

Thank you for commenting and have a great day!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on November 26, 2015:

Looks yummy! I am salivating right now. Your recipe is easy and sounds delicious. In America we grill chicken on a grill outside either on a gas stove or over charcoal. Delicious. You are right, almost every culture likes chicken. Thanks for the recipe.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 04, 2014:

Thank you Linda, for your kind visit and comments!

Good to learn that grilled chicken is your preferred chicken recipe. Thanks!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on October 03, 2014:

Chicken is my favorite meat. I could eat it daily. Cooked any way! I do prefer it grilled though.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 08, 2014:

Thank you teaches12345, for your appreciation!

The green mint sauce/ chutney goes very well with grilled recipes, whether vegetarian or non vegetarian.

I am sure you would enjoy it. Thanks!

Dianna Mendez on July 08, 2014:

This is great, we get two recipes for our files. I do use fresh chicken in my recipes. I will have to make the mint sauce. Its flavor would top off the recipe well.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 20, 2014:

Thanks cmoneyspinner1tf, for your kind visit and comments!

Thanks for pinning it too.

Treathyl FOX from Austin, Texas on May 20, 2014:

You're right about chicken being a family favorite. I collect chicken recipes and share them to Pinterest. This one went on my board. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/183943966005265712/

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 05, 2014:

Thanks Peggy W, for your visit and comments!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 04, 2014:

That looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for your recipes. I am going to pin this!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 02, 2014:

Hi Suzanne!

Thank you for your visit and lovely comment and vote up!

Wish you a very Happy New Year, 2014!

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on January 02, 2014:

YUM this looks great! I like grilled chicken and now you've given me the perfect recipe for it. Thank you soooo much & voted awesome & rated!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 31, 2013:

Thanks Minnetonka Twin, for reading and appreciating!

I am glad you liked this recipe and will try it.

Thanks and a very Happy New Year 2014!

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on December 30, 2013:

Thanks for the incredibly thorough and useful hub on grilling chicken. You did a great job adding photo's and making this recipe easy to follow. I am putting this in my recipe box.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 24, 2013:

Thanks Deb, for visiting this hub and your appreciative comments!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on December 24, 2013:

This is a wonderful change to standard chicken in the US. Great work!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 17, 2013:

Hi Janis!

Welcome to my hub and thanks for your positive comment!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 17, 2013:

Thanks Devika, for your visit and appreciation! Thanks for your continued support!

Janis from California on December 17, 2013:

These look so good. Now I'm hungry.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 17, 2013:

Grilled chicken is one of my favorite choices, curried chicken is my best choice, this recipe is a simple to follow and well explained.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 16, 2013:

Thanks Susan Recipes, for your visit and appreciation!

Thanks for voting up as well!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 16, 2013:

Thanks peachpurple, for reading this hub and your kind comments!

I am glad you liked this easy recipe!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 16, 2013:

Thank you CraftytotheCore, for your visit and appreciation!

I am glad you liked the recipe.

Susan from India on December 16, 2013:

Grilled Chicken are one of my favorite recipe. Thanks for sharing this super yummy recipe. Voted up.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 16, 2013:

i didn't know that grill chic is so easy! Thanks for the recipe. Now i just have to buy some drumsticks !

CraftytotheCore on December 16, 2013:

This looks so delicious. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe here. I'm always looking for different ways to make chicken.