Chicken breast can be one of the most difficult cut of meats to grill because their lack of fat content often leads to dry, chewy breast that needs to be drenched in sauce to taste moist. However, there is still hope. There are a few key steps that will produce a juicy and delicious grilled chicken breast every time.
First, you want your breasts to be of even thickness. Most chicken breasts available at the grocery store are an uneven height which translates to different cooking times. By giving the meat a good pounding, the thickest part of the breast will match the thinnest part of the breast. This is best achieved by placing the breast in a zip top bag and pounding it with a rolling pin or meat pounder.
When grilling your chicken breast, make sure you are beginning with a clean, well oiled grate. Also, keep the fire between 375 degrees Fahrenheit to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the ideal temperature for chicken because it browns the breast without drying it out too soon. According to the FDA, chicken is cooked at 165 degrees Fahrenheit but you can pull it off the grill at 160 degrees Fahrenheit as there still will be carry over cooking time.
These lemon pepper grilled chicken breasts is a great recipe for beginners. It's so simple and flavorful that you'll be making this meal for the remainder of the summer.