How to Charbroil Chicken

Charbroiled chicken is often blackened on the outside.
Charbroiled chicken is often blackened on the outside. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Charbroiling refers to grilling food to the point where it has a slightly charred flavor and texture. Meat, such as chicken, is most commonly charbroiled. You must first marinate the meat in a flavorful mixture to imbue it with a tangy taste that will not cook away when you grill it. Charbroiling chicken requires approximately 1 hour of marinating time and 30 minutes for grilling.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup Italian dressing
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 tsp. tarragon
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • Medium bowl
  • Spoon
  • Four chicken breasts, thawed
  • Plastic wrap
  • Baster

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Combine the Dijon mustard, Italian dressing, onion, tarragon and apple juice in a medium bowl. Stir to blend and place chicken breasts into the bowl to marinate.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Preheat a grill to high heat.

Remove the chicken from the marinade and place onto the preheated grill. Baste with half of the marinade and leave to grill for 15 to 20 minutes. Flip the chicken and baste with the remaining marinade.

Continue to grill for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until the chicken’s juices run clear. Allow the chicken to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Tips & Warnings

  • This charbroiling method will work for any cut of chicken. Double or triple the marinade recipe to cover the chicken completely while it sets. Adjust the baking time to 15 minutes per side, per pound of chicken.


  • "Betty Crocker's Best Chicken Cookbook"; Betty Crocker Editors; 1999
  • "365 Easy Chicken Recipes"; Cookbook Resources; 2008
  • "Char-Broil's Everybody Grills!"; Editors of Creative Homeowner and Lisa Kahn; 2008
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