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5 from 2 votes

How to Grill the Perfect Chicken Breast

Follow these simple and easy steps to get perfectly grilled chicken breasts every time. Moist and juicy, these are the perfect addition to any salad.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled chicken breast
Servings: 4


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts about 1 1/2 pounds
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/3 cup Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • Place chicken breasts in 1 gallon zip lock bag.
  • Pound chicken breasts to a uniform thickness of about ¾”.
  • In a large bowl, mix water, salt and sugar. Stir until salt and sugar are dissolved.
  • Pour water solution into zip lock bag and brine chicken breasts in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Remove chick breasts from brine and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Season both sides with salt, pepper and olive oil.
  • Grill on high for approximately 4 to 6 minutes per side, until internal temperature reads 165° on an instant read thermometer.
  • Remove from grill and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.