With Memorial Day finally here, it’s safe to say that BBQ season has officially started. While BBQ’s are a great way to enjoy the warm weather, they’re also an excuse to serve up a spread of tasty, yet not-so-healthy hot dogs, burgers and fries (and don’t forget the coleslaw and potato salad!). It’s really a shame because grilled chicken is cheaper, healthier, and quicker than all that other BBQ fare. With the right preparation, your chicken can turn out perfectly moist and full of flavor, you won’t even miss the other stuff. Leftover grilled chicken is also great on salads, in tacos, or repurposed in a chicken tortilla soup!
The best way to get your chicken to be moist and flavorful, is to marinate it for several hours. Adding oil and acid to the marinade really helps to tenderize the chicken and keep it moist. I love the bright and fresh flavor that lime juice adds, but feel free to experiment with lemon juice or vinegars of your choice.
Grilled Marinated Chicken
1 pkg chicken breasts, cleaned and trimmed of fat
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
juice of 1 lime
zest of 1 lime
Add garlic, olive oil, soy sauce, lime juice and zest to a bowl and mix to combine. Add chicken breasts to a ziploc bag and pour over the marinade. Place the bag in the refrigerator for about 6-8 hours (or a few hours at the minimum). Remove chicken from marinade (discard remaining) and place on a hot grill. Grill for about 4-6 minutes per side, depending on size and thickness (the internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165 degrees F).
NOTE: If you don’t have an outdoor grill, feel free to make this on a grill pan, or broil in the oven for about 4-5 minutes per side.
TIP: To get nice grill marks on your chicken, pat it dry before placing it on the grill.