By: Kelly Atyeo-Fick, B.A.Sc., M.H.Sc., P.H.Ec.
Summer = less stress and time to just chill and grill! Some of the best memories are made during outdoor eating experiences in the summer. Whether you’re at a campsite, beach or in your backyard – a BBQ is always a hit. Make chicken the star of your summer time food festivities. Besides being absolutely delicious on the grill, chicken is a lean source of protein so if you’re searching for a healthy option – it is your summer go-to!
Dress your Chicken Up!
Since chicken is the star this summer, it needs to be treated like one. So, dress it up with a variety of marinades depending on what flavours you crave!
Here are some simple easy marinade chicken recipes:
- Grilled Tuscan Chicken Breast made with a balsamic marinade
- Butterflied Grilled Chicken with a classic lemon and herb marinade
- Grilled Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks with an Indian inspired marinade
- Molasses BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with a twist on a classic BBQ sauce
Creative Cooking on the BBQ
The classic way to cook chicken on the grill is simply to grill chicken breasts – easy and tasty for sure…but why not try some different ways to make chicken using your grill? Some creative ideas include:
Flames at the Grill Control!
Now that you’ll be creating delicious chicken recipes on your grill, it’s important to avoid the formation of heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).1 These substances occur when meat is cooked on very high heat and have been researched for their association with cancer.1 The general recommendation is to be cautious about charring and overcooking meat, so be sure to keep your chicken from burning by using the following tips1:
- Control your heat and keep the chicken off open flames that will cause it to char but not cook internally1
- Trim the fat or remove the skin that can burn easily; if your meat does get charred remove these portions1
- Apply marinades when the chicken is not being exposed to direct flames
- Use a thermometer to check the internal temperature of your chicken so you know when it is done – don’t overcook it
Once you’re done your festivities – make sure to clean your grill for your next BBQ chicken experience.
Have fun Chillin’ & Grillin’ this Summer with Chicken Farmers of Canada!
1. National Cancer Institute. (2015). Chemicals in Meat Cooked at High Temperatures and Cancer Risk. Retrieved May 28, 2017, from