Delicious Grilled Chicken Recipes
All of my favorite grilled chicken recipes start with the same first step. As a matter of fact, this is the "secret" to delicious chicken whether it is to be fried, baked, or grilled...and that is to brine your chicken. The brining techniques can change but you will end up with tasty, juicy chicken every single time.
A brine is simply soaking in a salt solution. Technically, the difference in a brine and a marinade is a brine is a salty solution and a marinade is an acidic solution(like lemon juice, for example). I'm calling all solutions in these recipes brines even though they may contain an acid of some kind.
Here are my favorite grilled chicken recipes. And remember, these recipes, like most others for the grill or barbeque pit, can always be changed to fit individual tastes.
Grilled Lime Chicken
- 4 cups water
- 1/4 cup kosher or table salt
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon chile powder
- Juice of 2 limes
Mix all together and pour over 2 chickens, cut up in a large bowl. Stir in more water if chicken is not completely covered in solution. Cover bowl and let soak in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
After the 2-3 hours, preheat your grill(or if using a charcoal grill, get the coals to white-hot stage). Take out each piece of chicken and rinse off in the sink. If not washed off, the chicken will be too salty.
After the two hours, preheat your grill and remove the chicken from the refrigerator and take each piece out of the plastic bag and rinse it off in the sink. If you don't rinse the chicken off, then the salt water lingering on the surface will make the chicken too salty.
Mix about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and another squeezed lime together and rub into the chicken.
For the seasoning on the surface of the chicken, combine:
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 treaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Rub seasoning mix into and throughout the chicken. Place chicken pieces on grill, leaving plenty of room between pieces. Flip over pieces about every 5 minutes until done.
Many grilled chicken recipes give you a time to count, but it all depends on your grill and how intense the heat is. Generally I'll say anywhere from 30 minutes to 45 is all it takes, but be sure and check closely that it is done.Let chicken rest for 5 minutes, then serve.
I hope your results make this become one of your favorite grilled chicken recipes as well.
I'll be showing more grilled chicken recipes as I try them and like them.
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