What are you doing this summer? Are you lounging around in your backyard, wearing your favorite short shorts as you read a juicy novel in your hammock? Are you taking a leisurely bike ride as the sun begins to set? We are in the midst of grilling season, and you may be quite the expert griller for burgers and steaks. However, grilling chicken can be a bit trickier than grilling beef. When you correctly grill chicken, the results can be truly sumptuous. In fact, many chicken enthusiasts believe that grilling chicken provides the absolute tastiest results, so let’s get started:
Clean Your Grill
Before embarking upon your grilling adventure, first make sure that your grill is clean. The easiest way to clean your propane grill is to heat it up and sprinkle it with some oil. Wipe it clean with a paper towel, and you’re good to go. Before you add chicken to the grill, make sure that you brush it with oil or spray it. This ensures that the chicken won’t stick to the surface of the grill.
Always Wash Your Hands
In order to avoid any kind of cross-contamination, always wash your hands thoroughly. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s easy to forget when you’re outside drinking beer and enjoying the company of your friends. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and give them a good scrub with warm, soapy water.
If you need to thaw chicken that you previously froze, thaw it inside of the refrigerator or using a microwave. Harmful bacteria could grow on your chicken as you thaw it on the kitchen counter, and the last thing you want for your barbecue is for guests to make frequent trips to the bathroom.
When you buy raw chicken at the store, it’s important to store it in a separate bag away from the rest of your groceries. When you arrive home, immediately store your chicken on a plate in the bottom shelf of the refrigerator.
When you apply a marinade for your chicken, you want to let it sit in the refrigerator for awhile. The general rule of thumb for marinating chicken is to let it sit for anywhere from four to twelve hours for a whole chicken, and 30 minutes to two hours for boneless breasts. Thighs can marinate for one to six hours.
Grilling chicken using high heat levels helps seal in the juices. However, you don’t want for the heat to be too high or you could risk burning your bird. You also want to close the top of your grill while cooking chicken so that it cooks more evenly. The best tools for turning your chicken are metal tongs or a wide metal spatula. Avoid poking your food with a fork as it cooks, which could result in some of the juices escaping. In fact, don’t move your chicken around too much, or it will take longer to cook and it might not cook as evenly.
Are you ready to go to town with some grilled chicken? Try your hands at some jerk chicken kabobs to add some delicious Caribbean spice to our palate. If you are more traditional as far as chicken is concerned, you could cook up some spicy hot wings using a variety of classic spices. You’ll want to make sure that your propane grill is always fueled, which is why people rely on DiSanto Propane for their propane refills in upstate New York. We provide both businesses and
Homes with timely and reliable propane installation, delivery, and service.