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How To Grill Perfect Chicken Breast

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Grilling chicken seems like it would be a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how often it comes out dry and flavorless! Often times I will grill chicken for neighborhood taco night and friends will ask how I get the chicken so juicy. So here it is friends!

This is a very versatile recipe for chicken breast, and be used for sandwiches, salads, pizza, tacos etc. I like to make a big batch at the beginning of the week so that I have it in my fridge and it is also more efficient for the propane usage. The secret to this recipe is in the temperature of the grill, and just turning the chicken once.

How to Grill Perfect Chicken Breast


  • 5 chicken breasts (defrosted completely and at room temp)
  • 1 Tbsp Sea Salt
  • 1.5 Tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup EVOO
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1.5 Tsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano


  1. Rinse and completely dry chicken breasts.
  2. On a large plate drizzle olive oil over chicken to coat.
  3. Season breasts by sprinkling with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and oregano on each side. marinating chicken breast
  4. Cover and let rest for 1 hour.
  5. Heat gas grill to 500 degrees (mine takes about 5 mins on high setting)
  6. Place chicken on grill (it should make a hissing sound) and grill for 5 mins at 500 degrees with grill lid down.
  7. After 5 mins turn chicken (it should have dark grill marks and release from grill easily).
  8. Grill for another 4 mins without reducing the temperature of the grill.
  9. After 4 mins check chicken by folding one piece in half with tongs (see picture). The chicken should break in half, and there should be no pink. Juices will be clear.IMG_4287
  10. Let rest for 10 mins before cutting so that juices don’t run out.

Author: The SEA SALT

Cooking and surfing in Southern California

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