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Grilling for Perfection: Chicken

Even though the summer time is famed for barbeques and other outdoor events, we’re lucky that in the state of Florida, the weather is almost always perfect for grilling with friends and family!

In honor of barbecue season, we’re beginning the White Aluminum blog series, “Grilling for Perfection!” The series will answer popular questions and help you become the next grill master!

After you read our tips, invite friends and family to barbecue on the patio or under the screened porch!

Let’s get ready to grill chicken! Follow our simple steps and you’ll have perfectly grilled chicken every time! 

1) Trim, Trim, Trim!

Not everyone is a fan of trimming chicken breast, but we think it’s essential for overall edibility, and it’s healthier!

Begin by removing the fat and tendons, and then trim the bottom side of the chicken. Try to make each chicken breast the same length and thickness for easier grilling.

The chicken fat and tendons can be tossed into a Ziploc bag and thrown into the freezer for chicken stock.

2) Marinate

If you plan to marinate the chicken breast, you’ll want to pay close attention to this step. First, cut small diagonal slits down the side of each chicken breast, do not cut completely through!

Cutting slits in the chicken will help absorb more of the marinades flavor. It will also help evenly cook the chicken.

When selecting a marinade, choose one with a heavy oil base to help keep the chicken breast moist during grilling.

3) The Waiting Game

Most people believe that an hour or two is enough time for chicken breast to completely absorb the marinades flavor. Chicken breast actually needs anywhere from 6 to 8 hours for proper marinating!

If you’re having an afternoon or evening barbeque, begin marinating chicken in the morning for optimal flavor.

4) Let’s get grilling!

It’s important that chicken breast is cooked until it is a nice white color all the way through.  To avoid overcooking the chicken, do not rely on the amount of grilling time the recipe dictates, every grill heats up differently!

So, how will you know when the chicken is done grilling? The chicken breast will feel firm, but not hard or crusty. It will also be nicely browned on both sides, not burnt. You can also choose to use a meat thermometer. The USDA recommends cooking chicken until it’s 165 F.

Now you’re ready to start grilling!

Do you have any marinades you think we should use at our next barbecue? Share them with us on our White Aluminum Facebook page! And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!



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