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Sliced grilled chicken on a plate

How to Grill Chicken Breasts on a Gas Grill

  • Author: Gitta
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6-8 minutes
  • Total Time: 11-13 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Supper
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


You only need three ingredients to make moist and delicious grilled chicken breasts.  Pair them with a salad or grilled vegetable and you have the perfect light summer meal.


  • 2 (8 oz each) Skinless and boneless chicken breasts, thawed
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp Coarse ground pepper


  1. Place chicken breasts on a plastic cutting board. If you have a wooden cutting board, place a sheet of plastic wrap on the board, and then lay the chicken on top of the plastic.  
  2. Lay a sheet of plastic wrap on top of the chicken.  Pound chicken with a meat mallet or rolling pin until it is even in thickness, about 3/4".  Try to get the thickest part of the chicken to be about the same thickness as the thinnest part of the breast. 
  3. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper (1/2 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper on each side of the chicken).
  4. Clean the grill grates with a grill brush.
  5. Dip a piece of paper towel in vegetable oil and using a grill brush or tongs rub the grill grates with the oiled paper towel. 
  6. Heat the covered gas grill for 10-15 minutes on high. 
  7. Lower the heat to medium-high (about 450°F).
  8. Place the chicken in a single layer and spaced 2-3 inches apart on the grill grates. Close the grill lid.
  9. Grill the chicken 3-4 minutes and then turn them over.   Pro tip:  If the chicken sticks to the grate, it is not ready to be turned. 
  10. Grill the chicken covered for an additional 3-4 minutes.  
  11. Remove the chicken from the grill and test the temperature of the chicken using an instant-read thermometer.  The temperature should be 160°F.
  12. Let the chicken rest for 5-8 minutes.  The final temperature of the grilled chicken should be 165°F. 
  13. Slice the chicken and serve.  


  1.   The chicken must be completely thawed before cooking it.
  2.   The chicken breasts must be an even thickness.  This will ensure that the entire breast cooks at the same time.  
  3.   Do not overcook the chicken. Grill the chicken breast for 3-4 minutes on each side.  Take the temperature of the chicken and once it has reached 160 F, take it off the grill.  Note:  While it is resting, it will reach 165 F. 
  4.   Let the chicken rest covered for 5-8 minutes before slicing or serving it. 
  5.   Seasoning is important.  Unless you are on a sodium-reduced diet, use the full amount of salt called for or in the recipe.  This will help ensure that the chicken will be tasty.  Chicken needs salt!

*Nutrition Disclaimer


  • Serving Size: 1/2 Chicken Breast
  • Calories: 136
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 361 mg
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Protein: 25.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 82.7 mg

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