How to Grill Chicken

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The challenge in grilling chicken is to cook it long enough so that the inside of the chicken is done without the outside being charred. Allow about 1/2 pound of chicken (bone in) per serving.

* 1 chicken
* Oil or nonstick spray
* Salt and pepper
* Barbecue sauce - optional

1. Buy chicken parts or cut up a whole chicken. Remove skin and fat, if desired, then rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels.
2. Prepare a bed of medium-hot coals in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to medium-hot. Coat the grill rack with oil or nonstick spray for easier cleanup later.
3. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place chicken parts on grill rack.
4. Cook chicken for about 30 to 45 minutes. Turn chicken every 10 minutes for even cooking.
5. Baste with barbecue sauce only in the last 10 minutes of cooking.
6. Check for doneness by cutting into the middle of a piece of chicken. The juices should run clear when you cut into the thickest part of the piece.
7. Serve immediately or cool, chill and serve cold. click photos to enlarge

Don't apply barbecue sauce until the last 10 minutes of cooking. Most sauces have a high sugar content and will burn if cooked too long.
Partially cooking chicken in the microwave (about 8 to 10 minutes on high) and then putting it on the grill to finish cooking saves time.
Chicken fat can drip onto coals and cause flare-ups, so you might want to consider cooking over indirect heat. Use a covered grill and place a foil drip pan under chicken, with coals pushed to the sides of the grill. The chicken will take about the same length of time to cook.
Marinades boost flavor in grilled food. Marinate the chicken for an hour or up to 24 hours, refrigerated. Try these combinations: lime juice, cilantro and onion; yogurt, cumin, coriander, cayenne and cilantro; lemon juice, garlic and olive oil; or soy sauce, garlic and ginger.

Partially raw chicken is not safe to eat. Bone-in chicken parts are done when juices run clear and a meat thermometer shows they have reached an internal temperature of 170 degrees F.


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