The ingredients for this recipe for grilled chicken come from years of many changes, to eventual tweaks, and into this final public recipe. They are very common and found in every grocery store and sometimes, in most kitchens. The instructional steps are taken to minimize every task and motion. Thus, it has become a classic example of a Speedy, Easy, and Tasty recipe for grilled chicken in the home.
Below are covered the unique recipe differences for each of the chicken components if you’re making those in bulk. It’s good to review them as they might give you extra ideas about how to make them better, or for in the future.
Please all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and combine together to thoroughly coat the chicken pieces and to distribute the spices.
Place all pieces onto indirect heat on a preheated grill of around 400°F. These are not on top of direct heat. Close grill lid and maintain around 375-400°F. Turn all pieces in 12 minutes and reclose lid. After 10 more minutes, check and remove any smaller pieces (non-breast) as they become done. Keeping lid closed, check for breasts doneness after a total time of 45 minutes. Remove when done.
As grill temps fluctuate, you might have to modify your chicken cooking times.
Chicken Wings are white meat. These are popular in grocery stores and have become very expensive in recent years because of that. Chicken Wings will cook extremely fast and will need to be considered for removal in about 20 minutes. If you’re grilling a lot of wings in bulk, this is the perfect enhancement if you’re choosing to finish them to be drenched in Wing Sauce. Buffalo Wings from Grilled Chicken Wings is an incredible duo of flavors. Vegetable sides are good as being fresh celery or carrot sticks.
Recipe for Grilled Chicken Legs and Thighs
Chicken Legs and thighs are dark meat. Their desired internal temp for doneness and tenderness is about 175°F. While they’re safe at 165°F, dark meat takes a bit longer to become as tender so, that’s why the higher temp consideration. These are very good as is but, for a change, they can also be with some BBQ sauce. Chicken legs and thighs go well with sides like French fries, fried onion rings, or fried mushrooms.
Recipe for Grilled Chicken Strips
Chicken strips are usually white meat. These will cook fast like chicken wings, compared with all the other pieces. Their sizes vary so you’ll want to check them for removal in about 20-25 minutes. And, because of their small size and being boneless, you’ll want to lay them on the grill cross-wise so they don’t fall through. These are good with dips such as Ranch, BBQ sauce, Wing Sauce, to name a few.
Recipe for Grilled Chicken Breasts
Chicken breasts are white meat. These are very popular in grocery stores as bone-in and boneless. The ones with bone will have the best flavor but the boneless are the more popular and easier to get. These can be checked for doneness of an internal temp of about 165°F. With bone-in Chicken breasts, they can be considered for doneness in about 35-45 minutes. With boneless Chicken breasts, they can be considered for doneness in about 45 minutes, or longer.
Temperature for Chicken on the Grill
Position all chicken pieces onto indirect heat on a preheated grill of around 400°F. These are not on top of direct heat. Close the grill lid and try to have it around 375-400°F. If it’s lower or hotter, manage the heat source (if gas or electric) or the vents (if charcoal). Or, manage it by raising or lowering the rack, if you have that feature. And, as usual for grilling, you can adjust the cooking times based on the heat during cooking.
Potato Sides with Grilled Chicken
Grilled chicken breasts can go with just about anything as they are a main course. The will do well with either mashed potatoes or French fries, which explains their diversity. These will be super moist and flavorful with or without BBQ sauce.
About this Recipe for Chicken Fajitas on the Grill
Any boneless chicken is good for this chicken fajitas grill recipe. This explains further details regarding how to make the chicken fajitas on grill recipe. It’s easily cooked on a grill outside or inside. And, it can be cooked in a skillet on your stove or by your broiler in the oven, if you choose. This recipe focuses on being cooked from a grill outdoors and its instructions are clearly defined. You can prepare and cook the chicken whole or sliced into chicken strips, as shown in the recipe.
This is the authentic chicken fajitas grill recipe – fajitas de pollo Mexicanas. It has natural flavors that meld together perfectly. You'll serve it either as a main course or on a tortilla as a sandwich.
Choose only 1 of the following methods (method 2 is the easiest and quickest):Method 1: With the whole chicken breast, cut 3-4 deep cross-sectional slits (halfway deep) on each piece. Method 2: Cut the chicken breast(s) into long strips about ¼-inch thick all around (like French fries).
2 lbs. Chicken Breasts, boneless
Add the chicken, bell pepper, and onion pieces into a bowl or plastic food bag.
2 peppers Bell Peppers, 1½ large sweet onions
Add the marinade ingredients to the meat and vegetables. After all are added, mix well together to combine everything.
⅔ cup lime juice, ¼ cup olive oil, ¼ cup cilantro, 2 tbsp honey, 2 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tbsp minced garlic
Cover the bowl or seal the bag closed and place it in the refrigerator. Let it set for 45 minutes to overnight. If cooking soon, go ahead and consider when to start to preheat the grill.
GRILLING the Meat and Vegetables
Discard the marinade.Place the chicken pieces on direct heat of the preheated grill. If you had cut the raw chicken into strips, you'll need a perforated grilling pan. Flip it over once after about ½ to 1-minute each side to sear it. It might flame up initially due to the oil. Move meat to indirect heat and finish cooking (well done) with a closed grill cover. It usually takes about 15-35 more minutes (strips vs whole meat). Grill temp can be about 375-450°F. If less, it may take longer to cook.
When the chicken is done (165°F), set it aside for about 10 minutes before carving.
While the meat is set aside, you can now cook the marinated vegetables. Cook the vegetables for about 5-ish minutes on direct heat at a medium high temperature. It will flame up temporarily. Consider using a perforated grill pan (or cook them on a burner in a regular fry pan or skillet).
When done cooking, bring in the chicken and vegetables. If you cooked whole breasts, slice the meat into strips about ¼-inch thick each. Cut long-wise this time. Because of the previous cross-sectional cuts, some strips will be short or fall apart, which is expected.
If having sandwiches, the soft tortillas should be slightly warmed (consider 30-45 seconds for all in microwave) Fajitas are now ready for serving! Choose one of the following 2 methods.
SERVING METHOD 1: Build the Fajitas as SandwichesHere's the recommended sequence of items to go onto each tortilla. All add-ons are optional.– guacamole and sour cream are spread across the center of a tortilla.– 1 or 2 full-length (equivalent pieces) chicken strips– Pico de Gallo mixture– Vegetables (onions, 2 bell pepper strips)– Shredded Cheddar CheeseThen, fold (or roll up like a burrito) and enjoy!
2 lbs. Chicken Breasts, boneless, 2 peppers Bell Peppers, 1½ large sweet onions, 10 each Tortillas, white flour, 1 Tbsp. Guacamole, 2 Tbsp. Pico de Gallo, 1 tbsp. sour cream, 1 Tbsp. shredded cheddar cheese
SERVING METHOD 2: Serve Fajitas as self-serve Main CourseIn this serving method, you will serve the chicken mixed in with the grilled peppers and onions. Also, add in the Pico de Gallo (1¼ cups per 2 lbs chicken) all mixed together from a large salad serving bowl. Everyone makes their own from out of this bowl and the side dishes described next.These bulk self-serve side items are as follows:.– Sour cream (is thinned with cream, half-and-half, or milk to make it as a sauce consistency)– Guacamole (as an optional ingredient or topper for individuals)– Shredded cheddar cheese (as an optional topper for individuals)– Tortilla chips– Salsa as a chip dip– Warmed flour Tortillas (for those who choose to make a sandwich).
2 lbs. Chicken Breasts, boneless, 2 peppers Bell Peppers, 1½ large sweet onions, 1 Tbsp. Guacamole, 2 Tbsp. Pico de Gallo, 1 Tbsp. shredded cheddar cheese
WHAT TO SERVE WITH FAJITAS
Serve tortilla chips with salsa as a side. Also Mexican rice, black beans, refried beans, and black bean soup are very good optional sides.
To make sour cream easier to use for guests, you can optionally place some in a separate serving dish and add in some half-and-half or milk to make it like a thick sauce (or dressing). Actually, there’s a traditional cream sauce called “Mexican crema” and this was a way to achieve that.
Chicken Fajitas are more of a Tex-Mex cuisine actually. It’s a combination of grilled marinated chicken, onions, and bell peppers. It’s served on a warmed flour tortilla along with a few add-ons like a guacamole, pico-de-gallo, soured milky cream. The marinade has a lot of particular spices but they are covered in the chicken fajitas marinade recipe under its own grouping in the primary recipe.
When shopping for ingredients, this recipe calls for 2 specialty items and we have those recipes as well. They are Pico de Gallo and Guacamole. Feel free to get those at the store initially and then later graduate up to making your own. Also, the traditional item for sour cream is actually Mexican crema.
Fajitas de Pollo Mexicanas
That’s Mexican Fajitas of Chicken. The traditional, more authentic dish is to serve the main course from a large serving bowl and everyone digs in. The normal add-ons are either mixed in with the chicken or they’re set aside as individualized options. Usually, the bell peppers and onions are mixed in with the chicken. Sometimes, as in this recipe, the Pico-de-Gallo is mixed in as well. The others are considered very optional to individuals so they’re set as side bulk dishes for everyone’s choosing. One of them is the Mexican Crema, which is a thinned version of our sour cream.
How to make Mexican Crema
In our recipe, we use sour cream. So, sour cream is very thick and the authentic thing is to spoon some of the Mexican crema onto your fajita. To achieve this, if you choose to make it, you just get some of your sour cream and mix in some milk, half-and-half, or cream. You do just enough to make it more of a sauce, or dressing. That’s it!
Chicken Fajitas Marinade Recipe
This chicken fajitas marinade recipe is easy to make by just adding about 9 ingredients into the chicken. Following the recipe guides you into what quantities of each are to be used. Some important ingredients you can’t do without are the cilantro, lime juice, chili powder, and cumin. Those 4 give it the distinctive flavor minimally required. The other ingredients meld everything together to create the ultimate fajita flavor.
Chicken Fajitas Calories and Nutrition
Here is the nutritional label for chicken fajitas calories and other values.
Recipe for Chicken Fajitas on the Grill
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Chicken Fajitas Dinner
When you want to serve a chicken fajitas dinner, you’ll want to consider the same recipe for chicken fajitas but will also include some side dishes. The absolute easiest and quickest is to serve tortilla chips with salsa on the side. Also Mexican rice, black beans, refried beans, and black bean soup are very good optional sides.
A Visual Overview of Recipe for Chicken Fajitas on the Grill
When is the Chicken Safely Cooked?
Basically, it’s about the innermost temp and how long it maintains that temp. We commonly look for 165°F for chicken white meat and 175°F for dark meat. The dark meat higher temp is only due to desired tenderness results. There’s a good ThermoBlog article to explain that further. Read here about Safe Chicken Temperatures.
Other Good Chicken Recipes
When you’re grilling, e.g., chicken fajitas, there will be a time one day where you’re going to consider a grill replacement. We did a ton of research and found the best methods for you to consider for locating one best suited to you. Here’s our article on the best BBQ grills of today. It includes lists and links to the top selling ones, reviews, and most popular brands of today. And it covers a broad spectrum of cooking heat sources such as gas, electric, charcoal, and pellets. It covers regular covered grills and smokers as well as the favored Kamado grills.
Prepare grill and start preheating. Put raw chicken pieces in large mixing bowl.
5 lbs chicken
Add spice ingredients and soy sauce to chicken and mix thoroughly to coat all pieces
1 tsp Garlic Powder, 1 tbsp onion powder, ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper, 2 tbsp soy sauce
On the approximately 375°-500°F heated grill, place the chicken pieces on indirect heat, and cover grill. Regular cooking temp will be about 325°-400°F. Adjust timings accordingly. Turn in 15 minutes and cover. In 15 more minutes, turn all pieces again, placing breasts on direct heat. Brush all pieces with BBQ sauce, and cover grill but watch closely. Turn breasts every 4–7 minutes until done, usually after 2nd or 3rd turn. Brush all pieces with BBQ sauce again about 10 minutes before breasts are done.
Remove chicken pieces from grill and put into large bowl or sheet pan for serving.
You have a ton of options when you follow these steps of grilled chicken on charcoal grill. We’ll list them for you so you’ll have a good idea for how long you cook chicken on the charcoal grill. Also, read about the best selling or reviewed grills of the year. Also, you could cook corn on the cob on this grill while the chicken is cooking. You save energy resources, time, and cleanup. And you can try something totally different on the grill without BBQ Sauce such as this authentic Greek Gyro Chicken recipe.
Chicken with BBQ Sauce Recipe
This Grill chicken with BBQ sauce recipe can be made with or without BBQ sauce. It focuses on chicken with BBQ sauce and includes the timing of when to brush it with the sauce. It also advises with approximated times and when to turn the chicken over. Whether you cook individual chicken pieces, boneless chicken breasts, or a whole chicken/hen, this recipe gives you enough information that you can cook it on a grill and everyone will enjoy your outdoor creation. And, here’s some additives to BBQ sauce to consider.
Chicken legs on charcoal grill
If you choose to have chicken drumsticks on the charcoal grill, it will be cooked in about 30-35 minutes.
Chicken leg quarters on charcoal grill
If you choose to have chicken quarters (leg and thigh still joined) on the charcoal grill, it will be cooked in about 35 minutes.
How to grill a whole chicken on charcoal grill
If you want to grill a whole chicken, leave it always on indirect heat. It will be as if you smoke a whole chicken on the charcoal grill but at a higher temp than a smoker. The grill will be covered for the entire duration but lifted to turn over the chicken about every 15 minutes. You’ll start to brush it with BBQ sauce only after the first 30 minutes (just at the 2nd turn). After this, you’ll probably turn it 2 more times (and brush it again each time with BBQ sauce). Total cook time will be about 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes.
What temp should a charcoal grill be?
For these cooking chicken options, it generally will be about 325°-400°F. This recipe’s times for cooking chicken in the various ways, were done with it averaging about 350°-375°F. You’ll need to extend times if it tends to be lower than that range. Everyone’s grill (and grill type) has a variety of heat temp recovery time whenever the cover is lifted and returned. With charcoal, you might even need to add some more briquettes (or lumps) during the cooking process. If you discover you’re having poor heat recovery, then you can consider extending the times between lifting the lid. In such cases, you’ll have to combine some of the instructional tasks to adjust for the reducing the number of times you remove the grill’s cover.
Here are some other grilling recipes you might enjoy.
Different Kinds of Grills, BBQ Sauces FAQ, and Recipes
About This Broccoli Chicken Quiche 4 Cheese Crustless Recipe
The broccoli chicken quiche cheeses are plentiful. It probably has the best blend of flavors overall for any broccoli chicken quiche recipe. This 4 cheese quiche uses mozzarella, cottage, ricotta, and cream cheeses. Also, the chicken amount is bountiful. It is so flavorful, you might encounter frequent requests for second helpings. This is definitely a keeper in your recipes collection.
The ingredients are so plentiful that, even if you didn’t have one of the cheeses or broccoli, it would still be a good main course. But, keep in mind, it’s served best and appreciated most when everything is included.
FAQ on Broccoli Chicken Quiche Recipe and Others
How do you keep the chicken broccoli quiche crustless from sticking to the casserole dish?
It’s important to apply or spray the oil to the casserole dish before adding any of the ingredients.
Why do some quiches end up watery?
Usually because of 1 or 2 reasons. It might contain too much dairy ingredients, they didn’t get mixed well, or too much of one particular dairy ingredient. Another cause can be not letting it set for about 5-10 minutes after baking.
Why do some quiches end up not very fluffy?
In other quiche recipes, this can be often due to a combination of too much milk or too many eggs. This particular recipe doesn’t use milk, although it does uses sour cream; and the amount of eggs are minimal.
Can I bake my quiches at a higher oven temp to lower the baking time?
Probably best not to. It can cause egg coagulation issues and curdling effects among the various dairy products.
What is the crustless quiche called?
A quiche with no crust is known as a Frittata. Being of an Italian cuisine, it’s generally cooked in a skillet or pan on the stovetop. Also, it usually contains less dairy. It comes in the form similar to a quiche or an omelet.
½cupwing sauceTexas Pete brand or your favorite wing sauce or hot sauce
1tbsp..honeybrown sugar or white sugar can be substituted and adjusted to your liking.
Spray air fryer basket with cooking oil and place chicken wings on bottom of basket in a single layer.
Set Air Fryer (or oven, middle shelf) at 360°F and cook wings for 15 minutes then flip and cook for another 15 minutes. To flip, you can shake and lift to Air Fryer pan. Cook additional minutes for extra crispy wings.
While wings are cooking, mix together wing sauce, honey and melted butter until well blended.
In a large bowl place cooked wings and drizzle sauce over the the top. Toss wings until sauce is evenly coated.
If you use wings that are not frozen, you’ll want to watch the timing on this but you might only need to reduce it by 2-3 minutes total, if any at all. If using a deep fryer, it usually only takes about 7-10 minutes (depends on qty and fryer temp).
While there are countless ways of creating Wings, this Buffalo Chicken Wings Air Fryer Recipe is a result of a number of years of narrowing it down to the best flavor, crispy texture, and being quickly made.