There are many ways to grill a chicken. With these grilled chicken recipes you can cook whole chickens, halved chickens, boneless breasts, thighs...whatever you are craving.
There's even a great recipe for beer can chicken, also known in some parts as "drunken chicken", for obvious reasons.
Chicken cooks much more quickly than beef or pork, and is lower in fat and calories than most red meats. Boneless chicken breasts can be easily infused with the flavor of spices and herbs by using a marinade. Other parts of the chicken, including legs, thighs and wings can be marinated equally well.
For the ultimate in flavor and moistness, a poultry brine made of salt and sugar dissolved in water (with or without other flavorings) really makes a difference in the final outcome of your bird. The salt and sugar change the physical characteristics of the poultry flesh, improving its texture while helping it retain more moisture.
A basic poultry brine is made by dissolving three-quarters of a cup of canning salt and one-quarter cup of sugar...white or brown...into one gallon of cold water. Other flavorings can be added to up the flavor of the chicken, if desired. One gallon of brine is enough for four pounds of chicken pieces, or one whole chicken.
While the chicken is being brined, the temperature of the brine should be between 36 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Higher than that, and bacteria can begin to multiply, spoiling the meat.
Leave the chicken in the brine for no longer than six hours...two hours is long enough to make a difference. Over six hours may cause the chicken to be too salty.
For an in-depth look at brining, visit How to Brine Chicken, where you'll find a basic poultry brine recipe, plus a useful Brining Time Chart for chicken.
Here are a few of my favorite recipes for chicken on the grill.
Grilled Chicken Skewers
Also known as chicken yakitori, this recipe makes enough appetizers for 6 to 8 people, and if eaten as a main course it'll feed 3 or 4.
Garlicky Beer Butt Chicken
Brining, marinating and herbs in a beer can all add flavor to big juicy roasting hens as they cook on the ol' barbecue grill.
Rosemary Chicken Breasts
Marinated in a tangy white barbecue sauce infused with fresh rosemary, this recipe for grilled chicken breasts has great flavor.
Grilled Spatchcock Chicken
A whole chicken is split along the back, with the backbone being removed. Pressed flat, then seasoned and grilled, this recipe makes for some mighty juicy eatin'!
Beer Can Chicken - AKA Drunken Chicken
Slip a slightly emptied can of suds into a whole seasoned chicken, stand it straight up, then searingly grill it to superb succulence for supper or a snack.
Southwestern Grilled Chicken
Spicy grilled boneless chicken breasts are served upon a bed of black bean and corn salad. Very tasty served fajita style with warm flour tortillas and cold Coronas!
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