How to make Chicken Breast on Gas Grill Recipe, now let me say if you think it’s gonna be hard you are overthinking it. Most often, people feel that when they grill chicken, it dries out or doesn’t come out as juicy as they want. Like how you smoke to temp, grilling to internal temperature will give you the best results.
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Grilled chicken breasts on the grill are one of those dinners made in my house about once a week. The old lady meal preps them for her lunches since they are perfect for meal prep for salads, rice bowls, or to eat as leftovers. She also shreds the chicken into other dinners and soups as well.
Tools For Making Grilled Chicken Breast
The Grill– Now, I prefer a gas grill, however, you can grill chicken breasts on a charcoal grill as well the method will be about the same. The only difference will be how you start the grill and maintain the heat.
Tongs– Urban legend says that if you don’t click your tongs three times before grilling, dinner won’t cook right. I always have three pairs handy, one pair for putting raw meat on the grill, one for cooking with, and a backup for when I drop the second set off the grill onto the deck.
Basting Brush– Use this to rub the chicken breast with oil. This will stop the chicken breast from sticking to the grill racks and also help the seasoning marinate and flavor the chicken.
Meat Thermometer– Now I am a huge fan of the ThermoWorks Thermapen! But any thermometer will work. However, the instant read on the Termoworks means you don’t release as much heat opening the lid while doing a quick temperature check.
Grilled Chicken Breast Ingredients
Chicken Breasts– I used boneless skinless chicken breasts, but you can use bone-in chicken breasts.
Seasonings– I used my basic blend of Garlic Salt, Montreal Steak Seasoning, and Johnny’s Seasoning salt. There isn’t a wrong seasoning to use on chicken. (For more ideas, see my post on Grilled Chicken Seasonings to Try)
how to grill chicken breast on a gas grill
Thaw your chicken breasts following food-safe protocols so they are thoroughly thawed.
At least an hour before grilling your chicken breasts, rub or brush them with olive oil and season them. You can do this the night before and store them in an air-tight container or Ziploc bag in the fridge.
An hour before you are ready to grill, pull the breasts from the fridge and allow them to accumulate.
If not oiled down already, then spray your rack with a nonstick spray on the racks of your grill or rub with some oil.
Open the lid to the gas grill and then turn the heat to low/medium heat and then close the lid.
Once the grill is warmed up place the chicken breasts on top rack and close the lid to the grill.
Swap out the contaminated tongs (ones used to handle raw chicken) with clean ones and then flip the chicken after cooking for about 15 minutes.
Now this is a case of when less is more, the less often you flip your chicken breasts the more juice the breasts will be.
Like smoking meat, there isn’t always a set time that you will grill your chicken.
Using a thermometer, you will want to grill your chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
**Different sides of the grill will cook differently. Be sure to temperature-check the biggest part of each piece of chicken to ensure they are all thoroughly cooked through. **
HOW TO STORE lEFTOVER gRILLED cHICKEN bREASTS
After the chicken has properly cooled down, store it in the fridge for up to four days, you can also freeze leftover chicken for up to 90 days in the freezer.
You can store them as whole breast pieces, dice them up, cut them into strips, or shred them to use in other dishes.
Now storing anything in the freezer requires the proper tools. I like storing leftovers in the freezer in an airtight container. What food can be sealed in a food saver I do that way, and without a food saver, I use actual freezer bags as regular Ziploc bags are not as good of a quality for freezing. The food scale is handy for measuring the amounts you are freezing to know the portion size.
What to serve with Grilled Chicken breasts
Now even with grilling, smoked side dishes are some of my favorites to serve up alongside the grilled food. Almost anything can go alongside grilled chicken breasts to complete your meal.
Sides: Smoked Cheesy Potatoes, Potato Salad, Smoked Mac and Cheese, Grilled Corn on the Cob, Smoked Loaded Baked Beans, Grilled Cheese Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms, Grilled Asparagus, Tomato and Cucumber Salad, Coleslaw, and Watermelon Salad
Seasonings For Grilled Chicken Breast
I have a whole blog post dedicated to Grilled Chicken Seasonings to Try. This is just a quick list of some of my families. Changing the seasoning allows your family not to get bored with the same chicken every time.
- McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Chicken Seasoning
- Mother Plucker Chicken
- Brown Sugar Bourbon Seasoning
- Smokehouse Maple Seasoning
- Roasted Garlic & Herb Seasoning
grilled bone-in chicken breasts
Now you can grill bone in the chicken breasts the same way. Do be sure to temp the chicken breasts in a couple of different spots the same way you would a boneless breast to ensure it is fully cooked.
easy grilled chicken recipes
- Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs– Use chicken breasts with summer vegetables and a teriyaki marinade to make this easy grilled dinner.
- Coca-Cola Chicken Legs– Use a Coca-Cola brine to brine these chicken legs and then throw them on the grill to cook!
- Easy Grilled Korean Chicken-Korean Seasoning with sauces makes for this flavorful grilled chicken breast recipe!
- Grilled Chicken Thighs– Use olive oil and simple seasonings to make these tasty easy grilled thighs.
Barbecue Chicken Breast
- Thaw your chicken breast following food-safe protocols so they are thoroughly thawed.
- At least an hour or the night before grilling rub or brush the chicken breasts with olive oil and season them.
- An hour before you are ready to grill pull the breasts from the fridge and allow them to accumulate.
- If your grill racks are not oiled down already, spray your rack with a nonstick spray or rub with some olive oil.
- Open the lid to the gas grill and then turn the heat to low/medium heat, close the lid, and allow it to warm up.
- Once the grill is warmed up place the chicken breasts on top rack and close the lid to the grill.
- Swap out the contaminated tongs with clean ones and then flip the chicken after cooking for about 15 minutes.
- There isn’t always a set time that you will grill your chicken. You will want to grill your chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees using a thermometer.