How to get juicy chicken breasts on the grill? It’s all in the brine! Just 30 minutes of brining makes all the difference between dry chicken and perfect chicken.
Grilled Chicken Breast: The Problem
When it comes to grilling, chicken breasts can be problematic, especially boneless, skinless chicken breasts. The meat itself is lean, and without the bones to insulate it or skin to protect it, that naked chicken breast on the grill has a tendency to easily overcook and dry out.
So, what to do?
One method is to marinate chicken cutlets, or chicken breasts pounded to an even thickness, and quickly grill them on high heat. We use this method for our cilantro lime chicken and it works fine.
Grilled Chicken Breast: The Solution (Brine!)
Another way, which doesn’t require you to change the shape of the chicken breasts, is to brine the chicken first.
How Long to Brine Chicken Breasts?
All it takes is 30 minutes in a simple brine solution of 1/4 cup kosher salt dissolved in 4 cups water. This is all the time you need for the chicken breasts to absorb enough moisture so they can better hold up to the heat of the grill without drying out.
With a half an hour of brining, the salt that is absorbed isn’t so much that the chicken becomes salty, but enough so that the flavor of the grilled chicken will be enhanced. We would normally salt grilled chicken breasts, right? You don’t need to do that if you brine.
How to Grill Chicken Breasts
Then it’s a simple rub with paprika (great for color) and olive oil (no sticking on the grill). Onto the hot side of the grill the chicken goes for searing, then the cool side for finishing. And you have beautiful, perfectly juicy grilled chicken breasts!
LOVE GRILLED CHICKEN? TRY THESE RECIPES
- Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken
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- Chipotle Grilled Chicken and Avocado Sandwich
- Grilled Salsa Verde Chicken
- Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
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