Rochester, NY

I get my chicken from Wegmans in Rochester, NY and I make it juicy!

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I have learned that not all grilled chicken is the same. It can greatly vary in flavor in texture and quality and preparation have a huge impact on the final grilled chicken product. I don't know about you but I LOVE juicy grilled chicken. Dry, rubbery, hard chicken just doesn't do it for me. My favorite local place where I get boneless skinless chicken breasts are at Wegmans Food Markets in Rochester, NY. I go back and forth between Wegmans Antibiotic Free Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts and Wegmans Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts. In my opinion, they taste so much better than Wegmans' Wegmans Boneless & Skinless Chicken Breasts with Rib Meat.

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This Juicy Grilled Chicken recipe will become your favorite because of its tender texture, juicy inside, and overall flavor. Grilled chicken is a go-to for many households on literally any given weekday. It can easily be tossed an a salad or along side delicious cheesy baked potatoes. Especially in the summer, grilled chicken is made a couple times a week. Even more so than any other meat choices.

Picking out your chicken.

There are things that you can do to make your grilled chicken juicy, however, a big part of the process is starting with a quality chicken breast. Always remember to take a minute or two to examine your chicken before purchasing. It is natural to think that if put out on the shelves, chicken is perfect and of best quality. Although it may be true in some markets with some standards, it is never a guarantee anywhere.

When picking out your boneless skinless chicken breast, always remember the two words: pink and plump. The chicken should be a pale pink color and plump. Avoid white or gray chicken breasts. Also lightly press on them and make sure where you pressed, they return to their shape. Easily said, you should not leave a permanent indent when you press on them.

I also try to buy my chicken either organic or at least chicken not raised with hormones and/or antibiotics.

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Cut and pound chicken.

Chicken breast is usually thick and uneven. Pounding chicken with a meat mallet helps break apart some of the muscle fibers, making it more tender instead of hard and rubbery. Also try to make sure that the chicken is an even thickness all throughout as best as you can. This is because if you have one thick end and one thin end, you will be left with potentially one dry end and another that may be undercooked. Always get the chicken as even as possible. This is why cutting it length wise often helps. For grilling, the chicken breasts don't have to be pounded super thin. Just enough to break apart muscle fibers. Therefore, slicing length wise should not be a problem.

Should you brine your chicken?

The answer is yes! I place my chicken in salt water brine or a marinade at least 30 minutes before grilling. This helps the chicken hold onto moisture as it cooks so it does not turn out to be rubbery and dry. If you are using just a basic salt water brine, be sure to season your chicken before grilling. My favorite go to chicken seasonings are garlic powder, smoked paprika, oregano, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper. I also love slathering mustard on chicken to help seasonings stick to it while also giving the grilled chicken amazing flavor.

Overcooking and undercooking.

Many people thing that chicken has to cook for a long time. The truth of the matter is that boneless skinless chicken breast does not require a long time to fully cook. If you want to be sure you are not over cooking your chicken, I highly suggest investing in a cooking thermometer for best results. According to the FDA, safe chicken internal temperature is 165F. If you are grilling your chicken and it goes beyond 165F, you will most likely be left with a dry piece of chicken.

My favorite grilled chicken dish currently is my Greek Power Bowl! Be sure to check it out in my previous posts!

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