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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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