Grill Temperature For Chicken

There’s nothing that says "backyard cookout" like grilled chicken. Knowing the right grill temperature for chicken can make the difference between a juicy, flavourful meal and an overcooked, dry mess. Chicken needs to cook slowly over indirect heat and reach an internal temperature of 165 F before serving.

Simple Steps to Grilled Chicken

  1. Leave the skin on the chicken to add flavour and keep the meat moist. If using skinless chicken, try brining it to tenderize the meat.
  2. Cook with indirect heat by setting up a two-zone grill. Set one side of the grill to low and the other to medium.
  3. Bring the chicken to room temperature before grilling. Take it out of the fridge about 15 minutes before your grill is ready.
  4. Oil the grill grates before cooking.
  5. Start chicken on the low heat side of two-zone grill with the skin side up. Then shut the lid on the grill and cook for about 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Save any sauce or glaze for the last ten minutes of cooking.
  7. Turn the chicken skin side down once the fat renders on the skin. The skin should pull away from the grate easily when the meat is done cooking. Cook chicken until it reaches 165°F to prevent foodborne illnesses.