Basic Grilled Chicken Breasts

  • Yield: 8 servings


8 (7-8 ounce) bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts
4tablespoons olive oil
1teaspoon 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).