How to Broil Boneless Chicken Breasts

Boneless chicken breast does not take long to broil.
Boneless chicken breast does not take long to broil. (Image: Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

The breast is the largest cut of meat taken from a chicken. While many are sold bone-in, boneless chicken breasts are generally more convenient to cook and eat. There are several methods of cooking chicken breast; one of the simplest is broiling. Broiled chicken breast has a crisp, brown exterior with juicy and flavorful meat. To broil boneless chicken breasts, you will need approximately half an hour.

Things You'll Need

  • Two thawed, boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Small bowl
  • Baking pan
  • Metal tongs
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • Meat thermometer
  • Plate

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Preheat a broiler. If the broiler has adjustable racks, move them 8 inches away from the heat before preheating.

Mix 4 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tbsp. ground black pepper and 1 tsp. salt in a small bowl with your fingers. Rub the mixture evenly over the chicken breasts.

Place the seasoned chicken breasts into a baking pan and broil for 8 minutes. Flip the chicken breasts with a pair of metal tongs and broil for an additional 5 minutes.

Pour 1/2 cup dry white wine into the baking pan and continue broiling for 4 more minutes.

Remove the baking pan from the oven and insert a meat thermometer into each chicken breast at its thickest point. If it does not read at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit, place the chicken back into the broiler for 2-minute increments until done.

Place the cooked chicken onto a plate and leave the meat to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Tips & Warnings

  • For best results, thaw chicken breasts in the refrigerator.


  • "365 Easy Chicken Recipes: Quick, Easy Ways to Cook Chicken"; Cookbook Resources; 2008
  • "Betty Crocker's Best Chicken Cookbook"; Betty Crocker; 1999
  • "Cooking Basics for Dummies"; Bryan Miller, Marie Rama and Eve Adamson; 2011
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