How to Grill Chicken Breast like a Chef

By Potash Markets on October 28, 2015

Chicken_ceasar-blogFall is a bittersweet time for grilling enthusiasts. The outdoor cooking season is winding down, but at the same time, the brisk weather cries out for hearty, meaty dishes fresh from the grill.

It’s a great time to take on a new grilling challenge—like learning to cook the perfect chicken breast. Ever wonder how to create the classic grill diamond pattern? Or just how achieve perfectly even cooking throughout the entire breast?

Follow this technique from the Potash kitchen and you can't go wrong:

  1. Heat your grill to 425 degrees. If you’re using charcoal, use high heat, and then let it burn down to the coals.

  2. Clean your grill with an oiled cloth.

  3. Using tongs, lay the chicken breast on the grill at a 45 degree angle to the grate rods, in a medium direct spot—not the hottest spot and not the coldest.

  4. After 3 minutes, rotate another 45 degrees.

  5. After another 3 minutes, flip to the opposite side. Rotate 45 degrees again. Frequent rotation and turning is crucial to even cooking.

  6. Cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

  7. Let it rest for 5 minutes after grilling for the juices to fully rest and displace evenly throughout.

The trick to keeping it flavorful is to keep in mind that when you subject meats to intense heat they contract and seize! So turning the meat as described above is crucial.

Whether you’re preparing a crisp, fresh Caesar salad, serving the whole breast, or slicing for a delicious sandwich, it’s possible to grill your chicken breast so it looks and tastes like a chef prepared it. Show off your chef-style chicken with the recipe below! 

Topics: HowTo