Basic Grilled Chicken Breasts

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 8 servings

The classic ingredients olive oil, salt and black pepper make this simple chicken recipe one to repeat often.


8 (7-8 ounce) bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon coarse salt
Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Rub chicken breasts with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Build a fire in your grill. When flames have died down, charcoal is covered with gray ash, and fire is medium-hot, grill chicken directly over coals, turning once, until cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes per side. To check for doneness, make a small cut in the thickest part of the largest breast to be sure it is opaque all the way through.

Recipe from The Big-Flavor Grill: No-Marinade, No-Hassle Recipes (Ten Speed Press 2014).



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