How to Broil Chicken

Can you broil chicken breasts? Most definitely! It might just be the new spin you've been looking for on your usual chicken dinner. We'll teach you how to broil chicken, including tips on how long to broil chicken and a few of our favorite broiled chicken recipes. You'll also learn how to broil chicken breasts, thighs, drumsticks, and even kabobs, so you can use this cooking method for any kind of chicken dish.

How to Broil Chicken in the Oven

Not only is broiling chicken fast, but it's also super easy. Follow our instructions below to learn how to broil chicken breasts, thighs, wings, and more so you can take full advantage of this quick cooking method.

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What is Broiling?

Broiling is a technique that involves cooking food a measured distance below direct, dry heat. When broiling, position the broiler pan and its rack so that the surface of the food (not the rack) is the specified distance from the heat source. Use a ruler to measure this distance in a cold oven.

Step 1: Prepare the Chicken

If desired, remove the skin from the poultry; sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Preheat broiler for 5 to 10 minutes. Arrange the poultry on the unheated rack of the broiler pan with the bone side up. If desired, brush poultry with cooking oil.

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Step 2: Place Chicken in Oven

Place the pan under the broiler so the surface of the poultry is 4 to 5 inches from the heat; chicken and Cornish game hen halves should be broiled 5 to 6 inches from the heat.

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Step 3: Turn the Chicken and Brush with Oil

Turn the poultry over when brown on one side, usually after half of the broiling time, and brush again with oil. Chicken halves and meaty pieces should be turned after 20 minutes.

If your recipe doesn't specify how long to broil chicken, follow these guidelines.

Broiling times:

  • Broiler-fryer, half: 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 pounds, 28 to 32 minutes
  • Broiler-fryer, quarter: 10 to 12 ounces, 28 to 32 minutes
  • Kabobs: Boneless breasts, cut into 2-1/2-inch strips and threaded loosely on skewers, 8 to 10 minutes
  • Meaty pieces: Breast halves, drumsticks, and thighs with bone, 2-1/2 to 3 pounds, 25 to 35 minutes
  • Skinless, boneless breast halves: 4 to 5 ounces, 12 to 15 minutes

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Step 4: Finish Cooking the Chicken and Brush with Sauce (if desired)

The poultry is done when the meat is no longer pink and the juices run clear (180 degrees F for chicken thighs and drumsticks; 170 degrees F for breast meat; 165 degrees F for patties). If desired, brush with a sauce the last 5 minutes of cooking.

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More Broiled Chicken Recipes

Practice your new broiling skills for dinner tonight! You can broil BBQ chicken legs for a zesty and flavorful meal, or you can broil chicken breasts to use in a yummy pita pocket or mouthwatering pineapple salad. No matter what you're craving, you can make these recipes any night of the week!

Chicken and Hummus Pita

Lemon-Mustard Chicken

Broiled Pineapple Chicken Salad

Saucy BBQ Chicken

Pepper-Lime Chicken

Our Best Chicken Recipes

You don't have to use your broiler to make a delicious chicken dinner (but you probably already knew that). Saute, grill, and bake these chicken recipes for fresh and healthy meals all week.

Chicken and Vegetable Saute

All-Time Favorite Chicken Recipes

Easy Healthy Chicken Recipes

Fresh and Delicious Chicken Salad Recipes

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