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plate of two chicken breasts and broccoli by bag of Cowboy Charcoal

Grilled Chicken Breast

This recipe delivers the juiciest grilled chicken you'll ever make, and it includes instructions for different types of grills.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 8


  • 4 chicken breasts

Juicy Chicken Brine

Finishing Rub


  • Prep the Chicken: Trim excess fat and gristle from the chicken, leaving the tender attached (see tips above). Place in a zip-top bag.
  • Brine: In a bowl, combine the water, salt, sugar and rub. Pour it into the bag with the chicken. Seal and massage to work in the marinade. Let soak for 1 hour on the counter.
  • Gas Grill: Heat your grill to 350F degrees. Add a foil pouch with Cowboy hickory chips for added flavor. Place the chicken on the grill over direct heat.
  • Pellet Grill: Heat your grill to 350F degrees with Cowboy Charcoal hickory pellets. Place the chicken on the grill.
  • Charcoal Grill: Use a charcoal chimney to light Cowboy Charcoal Hickory or Apple Briquets. Once ashed over, dump the coals into your grill. Let burn for 15 minutes.
  • Grill: Remove the chicken from the marinade. Rub with a drizzle of olive oil and more rub. Place on the grill top-side down. Grill for 3 minutes. Flip. Grill for 3 minutes. Flip, rotating 90 degrees to get grill marks. Grill for 3 minutes. Flip and grill for another 3-5 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 165F degrees.
  • Rest: No matter which method you use, allow the chicken to rest for 5-10 minutes. Slice and serve.



Calories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 24gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 1007mgPotassium: 427mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 60IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
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