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How to Grill Chicken Breasts

Updated on June 17, 2014

Grilled Chicken Recipes

One of the quickest and easiest anytime meals is grilled chicken breasts.

They cook in minutes and can be marinated, sauced up, or topped with your favorite ingredients to create a new taste sensation every time you cook them. And compared to some other meals, they are still an affordable way to serve something delicious for dinner.

I've included the basic recipe for grilled chicken breasts and assembled a list of luscious links to some of the best grilled chicken recipes that I've found online.

Photo appears courtesy of nonsequitorlass. It was found through a creative commons search.

How to Grill Chicken Breasts

This is a simple basic (but still delicious) recipe for grilling chicken breasts. If you'd like to use barbeque sauce to add more flavor, follow this recipe but wait to add the sauce until just before it is cooked through to prevent the sauce from burning.

If you prefer to use a marinade, that should be done prior to cooking. After you've marinated the breasts, you can cook the breasts as follows.

What You'll Need

Figure on serving one or two whole breasts per person.

Boneless Chicken Breasts

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

*A Hot Grill


Pre heat your charcoal or gas grill to medium-high heat.

Rub Olive oil over both sides of the breasts.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Place chicken breasts on the grill.

Grill until just cooked through, about 5 or 6 minutes per side- depending on thickness.

Remove and serve immediately.


Photo appears courtesy of ScottFeldstein and was found through a creative commons search for commercial use. (Photo link contains a marinade recipe)

Serving Suggestion

Grilled Chicken Breast
Grilled Chicken Breast

Alternative Ideas For How To Grill Chicken Breasts

Follow the links to find other ideas for grilling your chicken breasts.

Highly Recommended - Weber Q series of propane grills

The Weber Q series BBQ grill comes highly recommended by me. They are available in several different sizes ranging from a small one for tailgating all the way up to a standard sized grill. If you're looking for quality, you won't go wrong. We've had our Baby Q for 10 years now.

Weber 50060001 Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill
Weber 50060001 Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill

This small sized grill is easy to take anywhere and is actually big enough to cook for a family of 4. I know that because I own one and when I say 4, that's my husband and I plus our two grown sons.

Weber 54060001 Q2200 Liquid Propane Grill
Weber 54060001 Q2200 Liquid Propane Grill

This one is a little bigger and would be great to take along for a larger tailgate party or for when you're camping out with friends.

Weber 57060001 Q3200 Liquid Propane Grill
Weber 57060001 Q3200 Liquid Propane Grill

This is the full-size Q. You'd leave this one home.


Barbecue! Bible : Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades, Bastes, Butters, and Glazes

A friend of mine turned me on to The Barbecue! Bible a while ago and I highly recommend getting a copy of that one, along with this great companion to it.

Ready to Grill!

Lawry's Premade Marinades - Try All the Lawry's Premade Marinades for Delicious Grilled Chicken

Lawry's bottled marinades make it easy to have tasty chicken breasts any night of the week. The following are a few of my favorites but they make many more. You can grab them here at a discount through Amazon or look for them at your local grocery store. We love them!

Ready to dig in? - Yes, please!

Barbeque Sauce of the Month Club - A fun way to keep your grilled chicken breast from getting boring!

This is the perfect gift for your grill loving friends!

Please Note

All of the above sauces, marinades, and recipes can be made with any type of chicken, not just the breast. Judge cooking time accordingly. Boneless breasts will cook faster.

Please share the recipe to your favorite marinade or sauce for grilling chicken breasts. We love finding new tasty ways to serve chicken for dinner!

What's Your Favorite Marinade or Sauce?

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      encros 3 years ago

      Definitely giving it a try asap!!!

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      Federico 3 years ago

      loooks amazing, easy, fast and healthy! ill stick to this

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      I'm a bbq sauce person. I like your lens. Chicken breasts tend to cook up dry for me. I'll have to try one or more of these sauces. Great lens.

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      Tariquekhan 3 years ago

      fascinating, i am craving one now

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      DataRet 3 years ago

      Mmmm! Looks sooo delicious!

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      biorra2 4 years ago

      I'm feeling hungry just reading :)

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      Paula Hite 4 years ago from Virginia

      Yum! It was featured on our G+ page today too!

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      Anna 4 years ago from chichester

      I love your style of cooking - with great ingredients, you don't need to add so much stuff to the dish. Everyone loves chicken!

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      Jamaican-Foods 4 years ago

      Jamaican Jerk Sauce would be good too. Love your recipes. Thank you.

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      katiesnow 4 years ago

      I love chicken and make it all kind of ways

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      smarterdigital 4 years ago

      Ahhh, amazing, I love chicken

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      radex78 4 years ago

      Delicious cicken grll

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      joanzueway 4 years ago

      Thank you for this wonderful lens

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      Miel Echon 4 years ago from PH

      And I really love Grilled Chicken.. We also have here in the Philippines the what we call "Chicken Inasal" . It taste good so I think you can include that here too.. :P

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      Miel Echon 4 years ago from PH

      I like chicken breast because that part of chicken is the only part im allowed to eat..

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      Shamim Rajabali 4 years ago from Texas

      I like lemon pepper, paprika, olive oil and some lemon juice.

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      KathyZ1 4 years ago

      It is my son's favor dish, wil try ti. Thanks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I use the Lemon Pepper. You do your chicken breasts like I do!

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      jiancara 4 years ago

      I like both!

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      saida-a-batua 4 years ago

      wow.... super yummmyyyy.

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      dothebest 4 years ago

      I don't like chicken, but this recipe sounds tasty!

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      KhanghaOnlineMarketing 4 years ago

      I'm hungry

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      shikhagautam 4 years ago

      yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.. i will try this recipe on weekends.

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      tonyaalves3 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your recipe. Will try it out

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      akusphinx 4 years ago

      i'm searching restoran now..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i am hungry now :(

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      longlakelifestyle 4 years ago

      My family loves marinade sauce on their chicken breasts.

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      RANADEEP 4 years ago

      Really looking yummy,I shall tell my mom to try it for sure,Thx Robin for sharing great recipe and congrats for your purplestar!!

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      mina009 4 years ago

      Yummy looking lens!

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      knguyentn 4 years ago

      meat grilled over charcoal - no marinade or sauce

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Garlic and herb marinade or a honey garlic BBQ sauce.

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      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

      I always grill without marinading the breasts. Sometimes, my wife mies up a vinegar and onion marinae that tastes quite good.

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      hovirag 4 years ago

      meat grilled over charcoal - no marinade or sauce

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love it. Grill is my all time favorite.

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      rebecca-mathews1 4 years ago

      Sweet Baby Ray Honey BBQ sauce:)also thanks for liking my costume lens

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      Klinetka 4 years ago

      I love to grill in the summer. It looks great.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Oh My God! It made me hungry.

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      SBRTechnologies1 4 years ago

      That looks delicious...

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      clevergirlname 4 years ago

      Never get tired of chicken! Yum!

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      socialcx1 4 years ago

      Mouth watering.

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      nvhoangviet 4 years ago

      Good cooking

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      Chloe Peterzen 4 years ago

      I've be longing to do this one in my backyard, thank you for posting a great article.

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      warhistory 4 years ago

      Delicious! :)

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      Norris0312 4 years ago

      Can't wait to try some of these

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      for chicken, half bottle of Italian Dressing and half bottle of dark beer, about an hour before grilling.

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      BrianYoungBY LM 4 years ago

      I always overcook my breast. Will give some of these recipes a try thou.

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      Nutrisimohealth 4 years ago

      These grilled chicken recipes look delic! I love grilled chicken!

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Sometimes you can't beat a grilled chicken sandwich!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens! My sister and I love to cook!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love this lens! My sister and I love to cook!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love this lens! My sister and I love to cook!

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      topbuilderlist 4 years ago

      We have our own marinate recipe for chicken.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Great lens!

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      These look great!

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      chocochipchip 4 years ago

      So delicious!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Add paprika.

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      WordChipper 5 years ago

      Great lens! I just bought a smoker and will be trying smoked chicken with bourbon BBQ sauce tonight.

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      Rosanna Grace 5 years ago

      Favourite marinade is made of crushed tomatoes, ginger, garlic and a little bit of soya sauce.

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      LeslieCardinal 5 years ago

      Love your ideas, and the product ideas to add flavor and variety!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens and your photos, grilled chicken breast is very good

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      pericaluic 5 years ago

      horseradish sauce

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      GKREW 5 years ago

      now I'm hungry :( . Great lens and great pictures.

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      tokfakirmiskin 5 years ago

      at least 12 hours marinade before grill time!

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      penmypage 5 years ago

      I love grilled chicken :) this lens makes me hungry.

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      maryseena 5 years ago

      Wow! It smells great!

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      TheAim 5 years ago

      My favorite sauce on grilled chicken is Peri Peri. Yum.

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      Gigglesmith 5 years ago

      Been eating a lot of chicken lately and this definitely gave me some good ideas!

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      liamsquidoo 5 years ago

      Great job on the lens, can't wait to try it out!

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      vinopete 5 years ago

      Beer can chicken is so god! Thank you.

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      ItsTimeToBurn 5 years ago


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      NejaLovely 5 years ago

      great lens!

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      makorip lm 5 years ago

      I marinate then heavily salt with sea salt, and then grill. After that add whatever is your flavor choice.

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      myoyster1957 5 years ago

      Marinate your chicken in a yogurt and tandoori paste or powder mix, leave overnight, grill, Fantastic!

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Wow. I just bought chicken breasts on sale today and here you are to help me prepare them. Thanks. d

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      Auriel 5 years ago

      Chicken, love it.

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      WordChipper 5 years ago

      Grill chicken is awesome! I like it on the BBQ with Hoisin sauce. Korean BBQ sauce is good too.

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      Alessandro Zamboni 5 years ago from Italy

      Grilled chicken is my favorite, but you have to try the salt-crusted chicken, a typical Italian recipe!

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      Torrs13 5 years ago

      I really like grilled chicken. I like to use a garlic and herb marinade, or a lemon pepper one. I'm always looking for new ideas!

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      racingdatabase 5 years ago

      Mmm, barbecued chicken, marinated in jerk seasoning, olive oil and lemon juice... my favourite food ever! Great lens - packed full of fantastic ideas! :-)

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      MissKeenReviewer 5 years ago

      I love a sweet and spicy soy sauce for my grilled chicken. Thanks for sharing this easy recipe.

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      ZaksSquidoo 5 years ago

      I almost live entirely on Chicken! My favorite though is Chicken Korma made by adding Chicken breast pieces into a creamy yogurt sauce with added coconut, almonds, ginger and garlic. It's a very mild sort of curry that has a creamy/coffee colored appearance, and is so tasty!

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      jldeardorff 5 years ago

      I love steak chop sauce and using salsa.

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      RickiesRumbles 5 years ago

      Chicken breast is our go-to meal. This gives us a lot of recipe choices. Thanks.

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      aydensmom 5 years ago

      I love chicken breast! I've had Beer Can chicken breast before and it was really good.

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      shelleymax 5 years ago

      I like to stuff the chicken breast with cream cheese and some pesto and then wrap with bacon.....yummmmmm.just about ready to lick the computer

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      FastSecrets 5 years ago

      I have been browsing online more than 4 hours today, yet I never found any interesting lens like yours.Its pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all web owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be much more useful than ever before.

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      normally I never take some sauce on my dishes; usually I take a little bit of the "natural sauce" from the meat...

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      LadyDuck 5 years ago

      My husband and I love chicken breasts, he really love Caribbean Jerk. Nice lens!

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      Mastery 5 years ago

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      smoothielover lm 5 years ago

      My son & I go for a lemon based marinade while my husband and daughter go for bbq. For my youngest everything has to be completely plain!

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      rdcbizz 5 years ago

      love grilled chicken

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      Gregory Moore 5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      BBQ chicken is on the grill at least once per week in our home during the summer months.

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      neverasbad 5 years ago

      you also want to make sure you bring the chicken to room temperature. Cold chicken might not cook all the way through before the outside is burnt.

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      CristianStan 5 years ago

      I thought cooking chicken breasts was self explanatory. This gives me all I need to know tho

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 5 years ago from Ozun

      i can smell it, it is delicious and not fattening...

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      OrganicMom247 5 years ago

      wow, these are great chicken recipes you have got here. Thank you for sharing!

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      OrganicMom247 5 years ago

      wow, these are great chicken recipes you have got here. Thank you for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Was drawn back here by the smell of delicious! I go the easy route and open up a bottle of Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce.

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      aboutkitchenrev 5 years ago

      Hi You definitely need to always have a hot grill. That is one of the most important aspects to having a successful grilling. cheers