Learn how to grill chicken with a skillet for perfect results every time, including tips on flattening and marinating your meat before cooking.
Grilling or ‘griddling’ is a popular cooking method when it comes to cooking chicken. It keeps it moist, is often healthier than frying and leaves you with a delicious charred flavour. Grilling chicken requires a cast iron skillet pan. Follow this guide for tips and recipe ideas.
Tips on grilling chicken
How to flatten chicken
Flattening chicken creates a uniform thickness and therefore ensures the fillet is evenly cooked. This is usually a chicken breast, but if you’re using a thigh fillet just open it up first. To flatten chicken, take these steps:
- Cut two squares of parchment paper that are around the same size.
- Lay one piece of parchment on your work surface. Place a chicken breast on top of it.
- Top with the second piece of paper and lightly bash with a rolling pin or meat cleaver until it reaches a uniform thickness of around 1.5cm.
How to marinate chicken
If you have time, it's a good idea to marinate the chicken before grilling. Submerging the meat in an acidic marinade like lemon juice or vinegar will ensure the meat is juicy and tender. Strong herbs, chillies, spices and aromatics will penetrate through the meat and add flavour.
How to grill chicken
- Set a cast iron ridged skillet pan over a high heat for around 7-10 mins to get really hot.
- Flatten the chicken to around 1.5cm in thickness (as per the method above).
- If the chicken is marinated in oil, put it directly on the hot griddle. If it hasn’t been marinated, drizzle each piece with ½ tbsp oil and season well with salt. Don’t season with black pepper as this will catch on the hot pan and burn.
- Cook the chicken on each side for 4-5 mins if it’s a breast and 6-8 mins for thigh, turning with a pair of tongs. Leave to rest, covered, for 5 mins before serving.