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How to Make Easy Grilled Chicken Breasts
No More Boring Chicken
We all know the healthy choice is lean protein but sometimes it's hard to get excited about chicken. It can be especially tough to choose chicken over grilled delights like brats, burgers, or ribs.
With this easy recipe, you may find your barbeque guests are leaving the burgers behind in favor of your juicy, flavorful chicken breasts. You won't believe how simple it is to make these tasty grilled chicken breasts.
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What You'll Need
About 4 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 (9 to 16 oz) bottle of Italian style vinegar based salad dressing (not creamy style)
1/4 cup vegetable stock (optional)
Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
Choose a salad dressing you enjoy eating on a salad.
The dressing needs to be vinaigrette, not a creamy style. We like the chunky style dressings, often marketed as "hearty."
The stock is optional and just adds another layer of flavor. We only use stock if we have some homemade stuff in the freezer.
Step 2: Marinate the Chicken Breasts
Place the chicken breasts in a gallon sized plastic zipper bag.
Pour in the salad dressing and optional stock.
Squeeze the excess air out of the bag. Make sure all of the chicken is in contact with the marinade.
Marinate chicken, in the refrigerator, at least one hour and up to 12 hours, or overnight.
Step 3: Prepare the Grill
Get the coals started on your grill. We like to use a chimney starter because then we don't have to use starter fluid, which can flavor the meat.
Step 4: Put the Chicken on the Grill
Drain the chicken and discard the marinade.
Place the chicken breasts on the hot grill. Avoid moving the chicken around and you'll get those nice grill marks!
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Step 5: Turn the Chicken
After 5 to 10 minutes (depending on the heat of the grill and the size of the chicken pieces), turn the chicken breasts.
Grill another 5 to 10 minutes.
A meat thermometer, inserted into the thickest part of the chicken, should read 170 degrees.
Step 6: Serve and Enjoy!
Serve the chicken hot off the grill.
If you have other grilled items to prepare, wrap the chicken in aluminum foil and keep in a warm oven.