Perfectly Grilled Chicken Breasts

Grilled chicken breasts are a classic every cook should know how to make. But because they’re so lean they often dry out, becoming rubbery and tough. A simple salt-sugar brine is the perfect solution. Salt tenderizes the meat by breaking down tough proteins, and sugar adds flavor and helps the meat brown, guaranteeing a juicy, tender chicken breast that can pair with just about anything.

Level

Beginner

Prep time

1.5 hours

Cook time

18-20 minutes

Serves

4

Cook it with our

Square Cast Iron Grill Pan

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried garlic
  • 2 ice cubes

Directions

  1. Dissolve salt and sugar in the water and soak chicken for 30-60 minutes. (Careful not to soak too long, which can make the meat taste too salty!)
  2. Preheat a Square Cast Iron Grill Pan on medium-high for 5 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Drain chicken, pat dry, and rub with olive oil, garlic, and pepper.
  4. Sear chicken for 2 minutes on each side. Add ice cubes to the pan and move to the oven. Cook for 18-20 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to rest 5 minutes before cutting.

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