How Long Should I Grill Chicken For That Juicy Meat Under Crispy Skin?

Do you love to cook your rooster in the best way you know which is by grilling? Perhaps the issue is you cannot figure out how long to grill your chicken? Fowl comes out rather well when grilled and that is why you probably prefer to prepare yours that way. How long you should grill your chicken depends mainly on the size of the pieces you have.

It should go without saying that boneless chicken grill time should take significantly less time than when doing a whole fryer or broiler. Also, the temperature of the grill and whether or not you use direct or indirect heat will contribute to how much chicken takes to grill.

Additionally, a chicken piece with bones will take longer to cook than one without bones. Chicken and any other poultry should be cooked to at least 165 degrees F (75 degrees C). Make sure you confirm the internal temperature using a thermometer. Dish.allrecipes.com notes that the presence of clear juices might not be a good indicator of doneness, and this will affect the length of time it takes to cook.

In this article, I look at how long it takes to grill diverse parts of a chicken and the factors that may affect grilling time. I will also do a detailed discussion of the time and temperature required to grill each part of the chicken.

The article should guide you in preparing your chicken perfectly. The article aims to make the setting on a table a perfectly done chicken easy. We begin at the most basic aspect of grilling which is the temperature that is necessary.

Thermometers, Cooking Temperatures and Safety of Food

The ideal way I use to determine if my chicken is done and ready for the table is by checking the temperature using a thermometer. You can check color and texture, but I do not recommend these methods. Chicken is safe to eat when all pathogens are dead, and this happens when it has an internal temperature of up to 165 degrees F.

Get yourself a digital food thermometer to check the internal temperature of your chicken. I recommend such a thermometer because it will give a temperature reading within five seconds and thus can be used to check the temperature of a number of pieces of chicken. You can also get a thermistor, but such gives a temperature reading within ten seconds according to this website.

To What Internal Temperature Should I Cook My Chicken?

The only safe indicator of doneness before you serve up your chicken is its temperature. The chicken should have a temperature of 165 degrees F (75 degrees C) before you take it off the grill. I earlier mentioned that at this temperature all pathogens are dead.

Forget cutting your chicken to check on juices running as this is an unreliable indicator of doneness. You may want to cook the thighs and legs of your chicken longer though, even after the desired temperature is reached. I have nothing against this as you may want to brown those pieces a little bit.

What Happens If The Chicken Grills For Way Too Long?

Grilling chicken is not as easy as grilling a steak. Chicken is not as fatty when compared to beef, and thus grilling it must be done by following precise techniques and cooking times. Not getting it right when grilling leaves you with stringy, dry meat. What further makes grilling chicken complicated is that it must be cooked to a certain temperature because of pathogens it may contain.

What Happens If The Chicken Does Not Reach The Correct Temperature?

Before you get your chicken off the grill, ensure the internal temperature is 165 degrees F or 75 degrees C. At this temperature, your chicken is tasty and not mushy and soft, according to Angelo Auriana, Officine BRERA chef who is quoted in this website.

What Are The Average Grilling Times For Different Chicken Parts?

We have a chart with average grilling times for chicken. The rule of thumb is that you grill wings, thighs, and legs until the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F. Chicken breasts should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

 

Part

 

Weight Approximate Grilling Times
 

Boneless Breast

 

6-8 ounces

8-12 minutes under medium heat, direct flame
 

Breast with Bone

 

10-12 Ounces

Cook on medium heat, indirect flame 30-40 minutes
 

Leg with Bone

 

——-

Cook on medium heat, indirect flame 30-40 minutes
 

Thigh with Bone

 

——

Cook on medium heat, indirect flame 30-40 minutes
 

Boneless Thigh

    4 Ounces Direct flame, high heat, 8-10 minutes
 

Wing

 

2-3 ounces

18-20 minutes over the direct flame at medium heat.
 

Whole Chicken

 

3.5-4.5 lbs

1.5-2 hours over an indirect flame, medium heat

 

What Do Average Grill Temperatures Mean?

When you read those chicken grilling instructions, do you understand what they mean? Here I break it down for you so you will grill your chicken pieces at the right temperature.

  • Low heat refers to temperatures between 250-275°F
  • Medium-low heat should be about 300°F
  • Medium heat 350°F
  • Medium High ranges between 400-450°F
  • High is between 500-650°F
  • Cremation is anything over 650 °F

How Does Weight And Thickness of a Chicken Make A Difference in Cooking Time?

The bigger and thicker the piece of chicken, the more the time it takes to grill it. On average, it takes about 10 to 12 minutes at 180 degrees F, to grill a 4-5 ounce piece of skinless, boneless chicken breast. For a whole broiler-fryer chicken, 4-5 pounds, grilling time should be 1.5 to 2 hours.

Chicken parts from a 3-4 pound bird should take 35-45 minutes. A whole 1-1.5 pound Cornish game hen requires about 45 to 60 minutes grilling time. Next, we look at how long it should take to grill the different pieces of chicken in details.

For How Long Should I Grill A Whole Chicken?

Whole birds are generally cooked over indirect heat. A four-pound whole chicken should generally be grilled for about 80 minutes when using a gas grill. The type of grill you use will also determine how you burn your chicken under the indirect heat. The climatic conditions will also determine how long you will grill your chicken.

Grill 5-6 pound chicken for about 100 minutes on medium-high heat what temp to grill chicken on a gas grill should be 375-425 degrees F.

However, use your thermometer to determine when your chicken is ready. Your bird should be ready when its internal temperature reads 165 Degrees F, irrespective of the time it takes.

How Long Should I Grill Chicken Breast?

How long it takes to grill chicken breasts should be about 15 minutes. A typical piece without bones and skin weighs about 8 ounces. It should be grilled on medium heat, on direct flame and turned every 5 minutes to avoid burning.

A chicken breast with bones on and skin will require about 25 minutes grilling. Grill such a piece for half the time on indirect heat and the rest of the time direct heat.

How Long Should I Grill Chicken Leg Quarters?

Legs, thighs, and wings of chicken are better when barbequed. Moderating the heat so that you have a slow and steady flame is the best way to do it. How long it takes to grill chicken legs is about 40 minutes over indirect heat. I then cook the chicken legs for 5 minutes per side over direct heat.

Use your thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the chicken legs is between 180 and 190 degrees F before you take them off the grill. At over 180 degrees F, the meat is tender and more tasteful.

How To Grill Drumsticks and Bone-In Chicken Thighs

How long to grill chicken thighs should be about 40 minutes. Thighs and drumsticks should be browned for 4-5 minutes on each side. Pieces on the bone should be seared on each side for 5-6 minutes. The chicken pieces should then be moved to the cooler side of the grill and allowed to cook for some time. The bone-in pieces should be grilled for up to 4 minutes and 7 minutes for the boneless pieces.

When I choose to use direct heat, I turn to 450 degrees F, or medium-high. Best tenderness and flavor is attained when the internal temperature of 180 degrees F is attained.

How Do I Grill Chicken Wings?

Wings are best grilled over medium heat and allowed to cook for 30 minutes. The meat should be occasionally turned until it is brown. Ensure the wings do not burn, but that they get charred. Be sure the wings reach the recommended internal temperature of 165 degrees F before you get them off the grill.

Should I use Direct or Indirect Heat?

The rule here is simple. For small pieces of chicken such as drumsticks and wings, direct heat should do. For larger pieces such as a whole chicken, you should use indirect heat to grill the chicken.

Should I Rub, Brine, or Marinate Before Cooking? Does it Affect the Time Taken to Cook the Chicken?

If you do choose brining and wet marinades for your chicken pieces, you will get a better flavor for your chicken but the skins of your chicken will have to cook longer. If the cuts are boneless, cooking time will not increase even when marinated.

If you do choose to use dry rubs for your chicken pieces, the skins will dry faster and not affect cooking time.

In conclusion, do not get your chicken off the grill before your thermometer shows an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees F as indicated many times in the above guide. This guide should help you figure out how long to cook chicken on a grill but I do wish to note that temperature is the best determinant of doneness.