You are going to love this grilled bone-in chicken breast recipe. The lemon pepper gives just the right amount of spice to bring out the flavor of the chicken. You can also use bone-in thighs and or bone-in legs. You can always just use split breast chicken if you keep the weight of the chicken to 2 lbs.
We are going to go over how to grill chicken that has the bone in. For some reason, it seems that a lot of people are afraid of grilling bone-in chicken and I want to help you with the task.
Meat with the bone in, I feel has the best for flavor.
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How to Grill Split Chicken Breast
Grilling chicken with the bone in is no different than grilling the chicken without bones, except sometimes the amount of time it will take to cook varies.
So you might want to consider when you’re grilling to have an area that you can put the chicken without direct heat under it after you have crisped up the chicken. We will cover this when we grill the chicken.
It is always a good idea to have a safe zone on your grill. What is a safe zone? If you have a 3 burner or 4 burner grill keep one side off so you can pull your chicken or beef over if you’re dealing with to many flare-ups.
My go-to Grill is the Weber Genesis Grill!
Grilled Bone in Chicken Thighs and Legs
These pieces of the bird are grilled the same way as the breast but you need to think about pulling them off the grill earlier if you are going to grill them at the same time. You want to do this because they are going to cook a lot faster.
Lemon Pepper Seasoning
This seasoning is very basic but very good. Now you could zest a lemon yourself but I prefer to buy this spice, California lemon peel.
All you need to do is add the lemon zest, fresh cracked pepper and salt together and mix them really good.
- 2 lbs bone in chicken
- 2 tbsp of Avocado oil
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1 tsp of pepper
- 3 tsp of lemon peel
Preheat the Grill
Go ahead and preheat that grill to 400° If the grill is not clean give it a good scrape.
Prepare the Bone-In Chicken
Trim any excess fat of the chicken and then add it to a mixing bowl. Add the avocado oil to the chicken and mix all around to evenly coat the chicken.
Add the Lemon Pepper Seasoning
Sprinkle the seasoning over the meat evenly. Then go ahead and mix it together really good. You want the seasoning to be on all sides of the chicken.
Grilling Bone-In Chicken
Toss that chicken on the grill! You want to put the breast meat side down first and leave it there until it gets some great grill marks. You don’t want it to burn so your going to need to keep a good eye on it.
Keep rotating the drums and thighs until you are ready to pull the meat off the grill.
You need to watch this chicken if you have a grill that is prone to flare-ups. You are going to have some fat coming from the skin that can cause some flare-ups.
Check for doneness
If you are cooking chicken thighs and drums then you need to watch them for doneness. They are going to be done before the breast so you will need to pull them early.
I like to use an instant-read thermometer. You want the chicken to get to 165° you could pull it a few degrees under seeing that it will keep cooking a little bit when you have it rest. The bone inside is going to retain some heat.
Let it Rest Then Eat!
You want to give the meat some time to let it soak the juices back into the meat. We are not talking long, 5-10 minutes should be fine.
What are you waiting for? Go ahead and dive into this delicious chicken, it is going to give you a better appreciation for chicken on the bone.
Grilled Bone-In Chicken Breast – Lemon Pepper
- Preheat the grill to 400 degrees.
- Prepare the chicken- Trim any excess skin off the chicken and add the chicken to a bowl.
- Add the oil to the chicken and make sure it coats all sides. Add the lemon pepper seasoning and mix it all over the chicken.
- Add the chicken to the preheated grill. Rotate the chicken after you get some great sear marks on one side and it looks like it can go any longer before it will burn.
- Monitor the chicken with a meat thermometer. You are looking for a temp just under 165 degrees before you pull it from the grillIf your doing breast with thighs and legs, be prepared to pull the chicken off early because the breast will not be done yet.
- Pull the chicken and let it rest. You are shooting for 5-10 minutes.
- Enjoy! Get in there and enjoy some of this great chicken.