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How to Grill Moist Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

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Barbecued boneless and skinless chicken breast with homemade bbq sauce

Barbecued boneless and skinless chicken breast with homemade bbq sauce

Grilling Chicken Breasts So They Are Delicious!

It's not very tricky to grill a chicken breast. A little seasoning, slap it on the grill, flip it every five minutes until it's cooked, and then finish it with a little homemade barbecue sauce. That works fine for bone-in and skin. But, if you are grilling boneless skinless chicken breasts, it takes more work to produce a moist chicken breast because they lack the fat of the skin. To bbq boneless, skinless chicken breast follow these three main steps.

  1. Brine the chicken before barbecuing.
  2. Make sure the chicken is room temperature before grilling.
  3. Grill it over a hot grill of 500 degrees.
Chicken in Brine

Chicken in Brine

How to Get Extra Tender Chicken

The big issue with boneless skinless chicken breasts is that they dry out when grilling and cook unevenly. This creates tough chicken breasts. This can be solved by doing two things. First, pound the chicken breasts so that they are even in thickness with a mallet. If your breasts have the tenderloin attached, consider removing them and grilling them for the kids to eat like chicken tenders. My little kids love dipping the tenders in sauce and two of them are perfect for a small children's dinner.

Pounding before brining is the key to extra tender and juicy chicken. Try it!

Start With Brined Chicken Breasts

Even if you have a short time, just whip up a brine solution and let them soak for 30 minutes.

  • Remove the chicken from the brine and rinse under cold water.
  • Pat dry with paper towels.
Season the raw breasts after brining but before barbecuing.

Season the raw breasts after brining but before barbecuing.

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Spray the grill with Pam to prevent the chicken from sticking to the grill.

Spray the grill with Pam to prevent the chicken from sticking to the grill.

Grill Chicken to 155 Degrees

  • Grill the chicken near 500 degrees.
  • Flip the chicken four times every 4 to 5 minutes to cook evenly and to get criss-cross grill marks.
  • Check the chicken's temperature with an instant-read thermometer.
  • Pull chicken off the grill at 155 degrees and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes.

Adding Barbecue Sauce to Chicken

A great homemade bbq sauce goes really well on nicely seasoned chicken. This recipe is my favorite Asian-style bbq sauce recipe.

Add the sauce once the chicken reaches 145 degrees on the grill and let it cook on the chicken until it reaches 155 degrees and is ready to be pulled from the grill.

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