Here's what you'll need:
Next, get out your chicken breast and cut off any fat that you don't want. I like to butterfly the breast so it cooks more evenly. Take a look at the picture below to see the butterflied breast. If you have a really skinny chicken breast, you can skip this step but sometimes the chicken breast is huge and you will need to butterfly it.
Toss the chicken around in the marinade and place in the fridge for an hour or two.
When you are ready to start cooking get a nice medium/medium high heat going. I like to grill two whole packs of chicken breasts so I make a large fire. I like to spread the charcoal out about one layer thick so I have a lot of cooking area. Take note of the picture below - I always keep a cold area that has little or no charcoals. You can use this area to keep your chicken from burning if you find that some breasts are cooking faster than others. Check out this article on how to use a two zone charcoal grill.
Since olive oil is in the marinade you'll need to make sure you shake all the excess oil off of the breasts before they hit the grill. Otherwise you'll have a nice flame up. You don't need to dry the chicken completely just don't have the oil dripping off of the chicken breast. You'll be sorry if you do. When the direct heat fire is ready, toss your chicken breast over direct heat as shown below. Two minutes per side is all you need over direct heat depending upon how intense your high heat is.
When you are cooking chicken breast it is very handy to use a digital thermometer. To be safe the Gov't recommends cooking your chicken to 165 degrees F. However, if you listen to them you will have a dry chicken breast. Here's what I do: After my two minutes per side direct high heat cooking, I collect the breasts and place them over the cold side of the grill. At this time, I'll place my other items on the grill. Sometimes it is corn on the cob, squash, or potato wedges. Regardless of what else you cook - this is the time to stick the digital thermometer into the chicken. At this time you will probably read into the 140s or low 150s. When your chicken breast reads about 158 or 159 degrees F internal temperature take them off the grill. Do not cook to any higher of a temperature or you will be eating dry chicken!
Today I went with a classic grilled chicken sandwich. A whole wheat bun, mayo, sliced onion, tomato, and romaine lettuce. Looks good to me!!!
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