How to Grill Chicken Breast

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Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Calories
252

This simple 20-minute recipe shows you how to grill the most succulent, mouthwatering chicken of all time! It features a classic garlic-lime spice rub that gives the meat amazing flavor, but you can season your Grilled Chicken Breast however you’d like.

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Perfectly Tender & Juicy Grilled Chicken

When grilled chicken is done right, I seriously can’t get enough of it. I’ll set apart my leftovers in their own airtight container and write my name on it to make sure I get my fair share! Whether I’m slow-cooking some soup, tossing a salad or stirring up some mac and cheese, those leftovers will be put to good use.

This quick and easy recipe ensures that your grilled chicken will always come out juicy and tender with just the right amount of char. I like to flavor my chicken with a smoky, zesty, garlicky spice rub composed of classic seasonings. That way, it’s guaranteed to go well with practically everything!

That being said, you can opt for any spice rub or marinade you’re in the mood for. No matter what flavor profile you bring into play, you’re going to learn how to grill flawless chicken with ease.

A fresh lime, a bowl of olive oil and all of the spice rub seasonings on a kitchen countertop

What You’ll Need

When in doubt, stick with the trusty ingredient lineup that follows – everyone will drool over the end result. Scroll down to the recipe card near the bottom of this post to see the amounts.

  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts: If you’re using frozen chicken breasts, you’ll have to defrost them completely before you work with them.
  • Garlic Powder
  • Ground Cumin
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Ground Coriander: This earthy spice is made of dried seeds from the cilantro plant.
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil: Or canola oil. Avoid any alternative that doesn’t have a high smoke point.
  • Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed.
A close-up shot of a grilled chicken breast on a platter with three other breasts

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How to Grill Chicken Breast

Making irresistible grilled chicken doesn’t have to involve a lengthy marinating process or a bunch of work. This dish is definitely something you can whip up at the last minute!

Prepare Grill: Preheat the grill to medium-high heat, approximately 350-375°F.

Make Spice Rub: Combine the garlic powder, cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, olive oil and lime juice in a small bowl. Mix until everything is combined.

Season Chicken: Add the chicken to a large bowl and rub the spice blend onto both sides of each breast. Let the chicken sit for 5-10 minutes so it can start absorbing flavor.

Grill Chicken: Place the prepared chicken onto the clean grill grates and cook each side for 4-6 minutes, depending on the thickness. Remove your chicken from the grill once its internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Four chicken breasts searing on a grill with a pair of tongs grasping one of them

Let Rest: Let your chicken rest for 5 minutes before you cut into it.

Serve: Enjoy!

Four grilled chicken breasts on a serving platter with a kitchen towel and a dish of salt beside it

How Long Do You Cook Chicken on the Grill?

I’ve found that it takes around 8-12 minutes to cook boneless chicken breasts on the grill, or 4-6 minutes per side. The thicker the chicken is, the more you’ll have to cook it.

In any case, I recommend using an instant-read meat thermometer to check for doneness. Your chicken will be good to go once the thickest part of each breast registers at 165°F. Full disclosure, I usually take it off a degree or two sooner since it’ll continue to cook for a little after it’s removed from the grill.

Tips for Success

Determined to make your grilled chicken as tempting as possible? These handy tips have got your back.

  • Size is Key: Try to find chicken breasts that are all relatively the same size and thickness so they’ll cook at the same rate. If some breasts are thicker than others, use a mallet to pound them down as needed. If any breasts have bulky areas, pound down just those portions – you want the thickness to be even on an individual basis as well.
  • Grease the Grill Grates: It’s helpful to grease your grill grates with a little bit of cooking spray before you start searing the chicken. This way, it won’t stick under any circumstances.
  • Use Tongs to Handle the Chicken: It’s always important to take precautions when you’re grilling to avoid burning yourself. I suggest using tongs to handle the chicken so your hands don’t have to go near the open flame.
  • Let the Chicken Rest Before You Slice It: Whatever you do, don’t slice up your chicken as soon as it comes off the grill! Let it rest for at least 5 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute.
  • Meat Thermometer: Chicken is one of those proteins you don’t want to undercook or overcook. I highly recommend using a meat thermometer to make sure your chicken is at the exact temperature you need.
Grilled chicken on a plate with fresh lime wedges and chopped parsley

Ways to Flavor Your Chicken

Chicken can be seasoned in countless ways, and this juicy grilled version is no exception. Here are some tasty spice rubs and marinades to play around with:

Serving Suggestions

Once your chicken is grilled and ready to go, you can take it in tons of different directions. Here are my favorite items to serve it with.

Four garlic lime chicken breasts lined up on a long serving platter

How to Store and Reheat Extras

Once your chicken has cooled completely, store it in a shallow airtight container and refrigerate it. It will stay good for up to 4 days. In order to keep your chicken nice and juicy, I recommend reheating it in the oven.

Wrap each breast in aluminum foil along with a couple tablespoons of water or chicken broth, then bake them at 250°F until their internal temperature reaches 165°F. Let them rest again before you slice them.

Does Grilled Chicken Freeze Well?

If you let it cool completely and store it properly, grilled chicken does very well in the freezer. First, wrap the chicken tightly in freezer paper, plastic wrap or heavy-duty foil. Freeze the wrapped chicken in a sturdy storage bag for up to 4 months, thawing it out in the fridge before you reheat it.

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Four grilled chicken breasts on a serving platter with a kitchen towel and a dish of salt beside it

How to Grill Chicken Breast

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 22 minutes
  • yield Yield: 4 1x
  • category Category: Dinner
  • method Method: Grill
  • cuisine Cuisine: American

Description

This simple 20-minute recipe shows you how to grill the most succulent, mouthwatering chicken of all time! It features a classic garlic-lime spice rub that gives the meat amazing flavor, but you can season your Grilled Chicken Breast however you’d like.

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Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice

Instructions

  1. Prepare grill: Preheat grill to medium-high heat, approximately 350-375°F.
  2. Make spice rub: In a small bowl, mix garlic powder, cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, sea salt, pepper, olive oil and lime juice. Mix until combined.
  3. Prep chicken: Add chicken to a large bowl, rub mixture over both sides of the chicken breast and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Grill: Place chicken on clean grill grates and grill each side for 4-6 minutes depending on thickness. Remove chicken when internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  5. Let rest & serve: Let your chicken rest for 5 minutes, then serve!

Notes

  • To Store: Keep cooled chicken in a shallow airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. 
  • To Reheat: Wrap each breast in aluminum foil along with a couple tablespoons of water or chicken broth, then bake at 250°F until internal temperature reaches 165°F. Let rest again before slicing.
  • To Freeze: Wrap cooled chicken tightly in freezer paper, plastic wrap or heavy-duty foil. Freeze wrapped chicken in a sturdy storage bag for up to 4 months, thawing in the fridge before reheating.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 chicken breast (6 oz.)
  • Calories: 252
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 295 mg
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 40 g
  • Cholesterol: 99 mg

Keywords: grilled boneless chicken breast, how to cook chicken on the grill, seasoning for grilled chicken

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2 Responses
  1. Carolyn

    WhileGrilling chicken breast is a great way to cook up a healthy, tasty meal. But if you don’t know how to grill chicken breast properly, you could end up with dry, overcooked meat. Follow these simple tips to ensure perfectly grilled chicken breast every time.

    1. Choose the right chicken breast. Look for boneless, skinless chicken breasts that are evenly sized. If your chicken breasts have different thicknesses, they will cook at different rates and may not come out evenly cooked.

    2. Season your chicken breasts. Before grilling, season your chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and any other desired spices or herbs. This will help to add flavor and prevent the meat from drying out

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