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How Long to Grill Chicken

Not sure how long to leave chicken on the grill? Follow these easy guidelines to grilling chicken to perfection every time.

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How to Grill Chicken

If desired, remove skin from poultry.

For a charcoal grill, place poultry on grill rack, bone side up, directly over medium coals. Grill, uncovered, for the time given or until the proper temperature is reached and meat is no longer pink, turning once halfway through grilling.

For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place poultry on grill rack, bone side down, over heat. Cover and grill for the time given.

Test for doneness using a meat thermometer (use an instant-read thermometer to test small portions). Thermometer should register 180 degrees F, except in breast meat when thermometer should register 170 degrees F. If desired, during the last 5 to 10 minutes of grilling, brush often with a sauce.

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How Long to Grill Chicken Breast

Parts and Pieces: Chicken breast half, skinned and boned

Weight: 4 to 5 ounces

Grilling Time: 12 to 15 minutes

Doneness: 170 degrees F

See Grilled Chicken and Creamy Corn recipe

How Long to Grill Chicken Thighs

Parts and Pieces: Chicken thigh, skinned and boned

Weight: 4 to 5 ounces

Grilling Time: 12 to 15 minutes

Doneness: 180 degrees F

See Golden Grilled Chicken Thighs with Apricots recipe

How Long to Grill Meaty Chicken Pieces

Parts and Pieces: Meaty chicken pieces (breast halves, thighs, and drumsticks)

Weight: 2-1¿2 to 3 pounds total

Grilling Time: 35 to 45 minutes

Doneness: 180 degrees F

See Mushroom Chicken recipe

How to Make Grilled Chicken and Creamy Corn

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