Sometimes, deciding what to have for dinner becomes quite a difficult decision. On such days, chicken always proves to be handy. Whether you bake chicken, or grill some chicken breasts or thighs, or perhaps fry chicken wings- the possibilities are endless with chicken, and that is the beauty of this form of meat. It can be served with bread, or a side of mashed or baked potato, or with some grilled vegetables.
There is surely going to be something that you can make or serve alongside a perfectly grilled or fried or barbecued chicken.
If you are an adventurous cook, you can decide on a delicious, tangy, and spicy marinade for your chicken to become more flavorful.
So, there are many choices and many options, and it all depends on your personal preference. But then the question often comes how to cook the chicken?
One very easy way is to grill chicken.
If you are a beginner or not so familiar with all the types of grills, you must first try to acquaint yourself with various types of grill options. Ideally, for beginners, a propane grill is a good option.
Now, the next question that you would ask yourself is how long does it take to grill chicken?
You may think that it takes a lot of time, but actually, if your chicken is at room temperature and not frozen, then the answer to your question that how long it takes to grill chicken is very simple. It takes around 15-17 minutes at max.
However, this is a general statement of time. But it all depends on the size of the chicken pieces that you are grilling, on the temperature of the grill, etc.
How long does it take to grill with frozen chicken?
Grilling frozen chicken, or just taking it out from the freezer and putting it on the flame is not the most ideal and preferable thing to do. Although CDC allows it, it has its and the end result is that your chicken turns out with a rubbery and chewy texture. Also, the time of grilling the chicken increases by around 50% if you use frozen chicken for grilling.
So, it is always better to defrost or thaw your chicken before putting it on a grill.
Normally, it does not take that long to properly cook chicken on a grill. But if the chicken is frozen and not thawed before putting it on a grill, then the cooking time may increase by a considerable amount of time. If normally it takes around 12-14 minutes total for one chicken breast to cook to perfection, if it is frozen, the time will increase to around 30 minutes for one breast of chicken.
How to prepare the grill?
It is always important to prepare your grill before you get your chicken ready.
- In an ideal situation, you must take out the chicken from the fridge at least 30 minutes before starting the grill.
On the other hand, you can put frozen chicken in the fridge overnight, or use a marinade to prepare it, cover it with it, and put it in the fridge throughout the night.
- Then take out the marinated chicken from the fridge and keep it aside so that it reaches room temperature.
- Alternatively, you can thaw the chicken overnight in the fridge, and 30 -40 minutes before you start your grill, you can marinate it with the delicious marinade that you have prepared. Remember that the maximum time the chicken remains marinated, it is going to absorb all the juices and flavors. Also, the marinade that you use will be reused during the grilling So, make sure to have a little bit of extra marinade at hand too.
Do not forget to completely saturate the chicken pieces in the marinade. You can keep the marinated chicken in a zip lock bag for it to remain covered and fully coated with the marinade.
- In the meanwhile, you should clean the grates of your grill to avoid the residue of food from the previous cooking sessions to mix up with your food now.
- Start the grill and set it on a low to medium temperature.
Use some oil or clarified butter to grease the grates of the grill with a grill brush.
- Once the grill is heated enough, you can now just spread the chicken pieces onto the grill in an even pattern. You must ensure that all the chicken pieces are not huddled or clumped in one spot. Rather, they should be evenly spread out so that they all cook in a homogenous manner.
- If your chicken is marinated, then you should add the remaining marinade onto the grill so that it also cooks with the chicken. It will also enhance its flavors and delicious juiciness. Also, on a grill, the marinade itself turns into a crispy and crunchy, charred coating on the chicken And it tastes heavenly too!
- Give 6-8 minutes per side. If you think that your chicken is taking a long time and the flame is quite low, you can increase it too. But then you will have to be very careful. Your chicken may cook from the outside but remain undercooked from the inside.
So, it is always ideal to keep the temperature between medium and high only. The ideal temperature for cooking on a gas grill is between 425 to 440 degrees Fahrenheit.
- After giving around 8 minutes to one side of the chicken, just turn it with tongs and let the other side cook for the same amount of time.
- After around 15-17 minutes of total cooking on the grill, you can check the internal temperature of the chicken and see if it has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember that if your chicken pieces are bigger, they are going to take extra time to be cooked thoroughly.
- This is the ideal temperature at which the chicken is completely cooked.
- If you do not have a meat thermometer, then you can just take a knife and cut the chicken slightly from the place where it is thickest.
- If the chicken is all white, there is no single pink spot, and if all the juices around it are also clear, then you can be sure to take it off the grill and put it in a platter.
- Let the grilled chicken rest for a while before serving it.
Chicken wings are considered to be cooked the best when they are frozen and are directly put on a grill. However, their cooking time increases to almost around 90 minutes.
How long does it take to grill chicken on a charcoal grill or a wood-pellet grill?
Experts suggest that it is not so ideal to use a wood-pellet for grilling chicken.
The reason is that it takes longer to cook, and the chances of having the chicken stay in between the temperatures 40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit increases. This temperature zone is called the Danger Zone for chicken as it allows the infiltration and proliferation of harmful bacteria if chicken stays in this zone for a long time.
Because of this danger and the increased cooking time, using a wood-pellet grill is not advised.
A charcoal grill is better than a wood-pellet grill. You will have to set the fire first and let the grill heat up. Only then you should add chicken pieces onto it. It will take around 18-20 minutes total.
The ideal way to test whether your chicken has cooked or not is through the meat thermometer. If the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit, you must then take it off the grill as it will be considered perfectly cooked.
If you overcook the chicken, it can become rubbery and chewy. And overdoing chicken especially when you are adding some flavors of smoke also, then the taste of the smoke and these added flavors may turn a little bitter, and the chicken may taste burned or spoiled.
This is what you want to avoid.
Grill your chicken on a Barbecue Grill:
You can always use a BBQ or barbecue grill for a scrumptious, aromatic, and taking chicken tasting experience.
- First of all, you will have to start the grill at a high temperature.
- Grease the grates of the grill with some oil or clarified butter with a grill
- Now, spread the pieces of chicken on the grates.
- If there is any reserved marinade, make sure to add that too along with the cooking and grilling chicken.
- If you are grilling chicken breasts, then give 8-10 minutes to each side. In case that you are grilling drumsticks, then you can give 10-12 minutes to each side.
- Check the internal temperature with the help of a meat thermometer or just cut the chicken from its thickest portion. If it is white and the juices are all clear, then it means that it is cooked to perfection and can be removed from the