Grilling chicken is foolproof if you know a few secrets:
- Brush your grill with vegetable oil before it's hot.
- Before you put chicken on the grill, make sure your grill is hot, but not too hot. Set a gas grill on medium.
- Cut chicken pieces to be as uniform in size as possible. For example, detatch legs from thighs.
- Brush with vegetable oil (olive oil will burn) and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Grill chicken over direct heat.
- Set chicken pieces on the grill skin side down. The grill should be hot enough to sizzle.
- Don't touch the chicken pieces until it's time to turn them, halfway through the recommended cooking time.
- See the Grilling Timetable for recommended cooking times and doneness for all kinds of grilling.
- Use a tongs, not a fork, to turn pieces. (Piercing the skin lets the juices run out.)
- When chicken is done (juice is no longer pink), let stand 5 minutes before cutting or eating.
See easy grilled chicken recipes on the scroller below. And get chicken grilling tips from a pro in our Grills Skills video series.