You’ve Never Experienced Better Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
I can’t count the number of times that I have been presented with grilled chicken breasts that are flavorless, dry, and coated in burnt BBQ sauce. That all changes today.
This is the recipe you want for when you have the gang coming over and you want to step up a notch from hot dogs and burgers.
Flavorful, moist, buxom chicken breasts. I recommend you remove the skins because they can prevent the marinade from penetrating, and the marinade just makes the skin soggy and prevents it from getting crispy. Save the skins and make chicken skin cracklins and sprinkle them on top.
This marinade was the first recipe I ever sold. I liked it so much I sent it to the producer of a fancy Dijon mustard and they liked it so much the published it on one of those little booklets that hangs on the bottle and sent me a check! So long ago I can’t even remember the mustard brand. But the recipe still works, and I still get email from people telling me how much they like it.
These breasts are designed to be eaten hot, but I have used leftovers as toppings for salads and even add-ins for omelets and quesadillas. The marinade also great for stir fry.
There's no need settle for bone dry grilled chicken when you can dive into this juicy, full flavored boneless, skinless chicken breast recipe.
Serve with: a medium flavored red or full flavored white.
Servings: 4 chicken breasts
About the salt. Remember, kosher salt is half the concentration of table salt so if you use table salt, use half as much. Click here to read more about salt and how it works.
For stir-fry. Cut the breasts into strips about 1.5" long and 1/4" wide. Marinate chicken strips for 20 minutes in small quantities of this marinade in a zipper sealed bag. Stir-fry meat and set aside. Stir-fry chopped vegetables of your choice and set aside. I like it with thick onion slices, red bell pepper slices, mushroom halves, and sugar snap pea pods. To make a sauce, add 1 teaspoon of corn starch to 1/2 cup marinade. Stir sauce in the pan until sauce thickens, add the mead and veggies to heat and coat, and serve over rice.
Optional. Serve these tasty breasts on a toasted bun with lettuce, tomato, chicken skin cracklins, and mix a little mayo with a few drops of sesame oil to make sesame mayo to spread on the bun.
About the quantity. I usually make a triple batch and refrigerate the rest. It keeps for months.
Prep. We're going to pound these breasts to make them flatter. This way there is more surface area exposed to the flavorful juice, and the penetration depth is a greater portion of the total meat. Then we're going to dry brine the meat by salting it about 4 hours before cooking. This gives the salt a chance to penetrate. Put everything except the chicken in a bowl and whisk it together. Pour into a zipper bag. If you have read my article on the science of marinades, you know that they do not penetrate very far. But they do find their way into cracks and cuts. And if you want, cut diamond patterns in the surface of both sides about 1/8" deep. These grooves with gather and hold the marinade. Add the chicken to the bag, seal the bag, and refrigerate it for 2 hours in order to allow the marinade to do its job. Fire up. Prepare a grill for 2-zone cooking, aiming for about 325°F in the indirect zone.
Cook. Remove the chicken from the marinade, pat the breasts dry, and place them on the indirect heat side of the grill. Cover the grill and allow them to cook. It will take about 45 minutes depending on how thick they are and how hot your grill is, and you should use a meat thermometer to get it off at optimum safe temp, 165°F.
Serve. Remove the chicken breasts from the grill and serve immediately.
Published On: 9/7/2013
Last Modified: 3/26/2021
Meathead - Founder and publisher of AmazingRibs.com, Meathead is known as the site's Hedonism Evangelist and BBQ Whisperer. He is also the author of the New York Times Best Seller "Meathead, The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", named one of the "100 Best Cookbooks of All Time" by Southern Living.