Cuddy Blog: Grilling Chicken
Posted by by Michael Cuddyer, player for the Minnesota Twins
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Hey everyone… Michael Cuddyer here for Lunds and Byerly’s! I’m back out on the field which means not only the baseball season has begun, but grilling season has finally arrived!
Lunds and Byerly’s asked me to contribute to their new blog and share some of my favorite grilling tips with you. I told them I’d give it a shot…so here I go!
My wife Claudia and I like to grill as much as my schedule allows, and like most people, we’ve tried lots of things over the years. One of our favorite quick and healthy things to grill is chicken. It is easy to grill and only takes a few minute per side before it is ready. Anytime you grill chicken, there are a few things you can do that will make the cooking easier.
We always rinse the chicken breasts in water and pat dry with a paper towel. We store them in the refrigerator until we are ready to put them on the grill. We take the boneless chicken breasts and pound them out a little so that the whole piece is even in thickness (a baseball bat works well for this, but a rolling pin will do just fine, too!). This allows the chicken to cook more evenly and consistently all the way through. Drizzle the chicken breasts with a touch of olive oil so they don't stick to your grill.
One of the best ways to get flavorful, juicy chicken is to use a marinade before grilling. The marinade will help add flavor that won’t fade as you grill the chicken. The marinade can easily be made ahead of time. In fact; I usually marinade my chicken in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before I put it on the grill. Here is a recipe for Margarita Chicken Sandwiches, a great casual summer meal that uses a marinade. Here are some other great recipes that you can try!
I’ll be blogging a few times this season so I hope you check back!