Pro Tip: Juicy Grilled Chicken | Kraft in the Kitchen

Pro Tip: Juicy Grilled Chicken

The trick to a moist, tender grilled chicken? Brining. Whether you’re grilling chicken breasts, thighs or wings, our recipe for Lemon Herb-Brined Chicken keeps your meat juicy during grilling and adds flavor.

How to grill juicy chicken:

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  1. Remove skin from all chicken pieces except wings. Add all pieces to a resealable plastic bag; place in a shallow dish.


2. Bring brine mixture to a boil; remove from heat. Pour into a large bowl. Add ice along with remaining ingredients and stir until the ice is melted.


3. Pour over chicken. Seal bag and put in the fridge overnight.


4. Remove chicken from brine mixture and discard mixture. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and let stand for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, heat grill to medium-high heat. Grill chicken two minutes on each side. Then reduce heat to medium, and grill chicken 8 to 18 minutes until done (165°F), turning occasionally. How to tell the internal temperature? Insert a food thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken piece, avoiding any bones.

Note that smaller pieces will cook more quickly. Check out our tips below for cooking times.

Get the Timing Right!

Wings: 12 to 15 minutes

Thighs and drumsticks: 15 to 17 minutes

Breasts: 18 to 22 minutes

If this looks tasty, check out our other amazing grilled chicken recipes and grilled chicken breast recipes.


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