Grilled chicken is one of the favorite dishes of both adults and children due to its tasty flavor and mouth-watering smell. Yet, sometimes you’re too busy to remember to thaw your frozen chicken before cooking. As a result, many questioned us, “Can you grill frozen chicken?”
The answer is pretty obvious: Yes. But if you do it improperly, the result could be undesirable (and raw). In today’s post, we will unveil the secret behind this question as well as the must-know technique to grill the best chicken while it’s frozen.
Table of Contents
- What To Know About Grilling Frozen Chicken
- 3 Tips To Thaw Frozen Chicken Quickly
- 4 Steps To Cook Frozen Chicken
What To Know About Grilling Frozen Chicken
As stated above, it’s acceptable to grill a frozen chicken. However, the chances are that the outside of the chicken gets burned (or overcooked) while the inside is uncooked. The explanation is relatively easy to understand.
People usually grill frozen chicken under low temperatures, assuming that the result would be better if they slow cook it. However, the reality is otherwise.
Most of the time, the heat will quickly co
ok the outside of the meat while melting the internal ice. That’s why your chicken seems to be done from far away, but when you cut into the thick parts, it’s still cold and pink.
If you want the inside to become cooked, the chicken’s outside will be dried and hard. There is a way to prevent this situation: Using indirect heat. However, this will prolong your cooking time A LOT. As a result, it’s likely that the lean parts of the chicken still get parched.
3 Tips To Thaw Frozen Chicken Quickly
Of course, it would be best to grill chicken when you’ve already defrosted it. Yet, if you want to skip the thawing process and still achieve a well-done, safe-to-consume dish, please follow one of these methods.
1. Thaw the chicken in a microwave
In case you cannot get your chicken out several hours beforehand, you can quickly put it in a microwave and choose “Defrost mode.” Usually, this method would work best if your chicken isn’t a whole frozen-hard cluster. Otherwise, it doesn’t help at all as the inside is still unthawed.
2. Place your chicken under running water before cooking.
The best emergency method to save the situation is to place the meat under running water. This would be the most efficient way to thaw the chicken inside out. However, it would take another extra 30-minute period to defrost the meat thoroughly. All in all, if you’re running short of time, this method wouldn’t be ideal.
3. Do several cuts on the chicken before cooking.
The last method we recommend is to do several cuts deep into the chicken.
Yes, we have to soften its surface first so your knife can go deeper. Therefore, once you grill your chicken, both the outside and inside would receive the same amount of heat. Of course, high temperature is a big NO. If you can comply with all the rules above, you would have a well-done dish.
4 Steps To Cook Frozen Chicken
- Warm the stove over 350°F. In case that breading chicken is what you want, you can heat the stove even more for an extra brown and crispy outer coat.
- Add any other ingredients, salt, pepper, and food additives. In case you want to sweep any sauce onto the chicken, please wait until the last 10-15 minutes to keep it from burning.
- Insert the processed, frozen chicken breasts (placed onto a tray). We recommend using foil to cover the whole tray to prevent any juices from dripping.
- Grill the chicken and remember to set the timer 50% longer than the usual time. Yet, the time varies as the size of the chicken can cause differences in the cooking time.
1. What if we eat uncooked chicken?
Uncooked chicken usually contains dangerous bacteria like salmonella and campylobacter, which results in severe illness like food poisoning. And the easiest way to discover whether the chicken is well done or not is to use a food thermometer.
If the temperature inside the chicken is above 165°F, then it’s ready to serve. Otherwise, it is still raw and dangerous to consume.
2. How can we thaw frozen chicken?
There are five ways you can defrost frozen meats. We have mentioned two out of five methods above (the microwave technique and the running water one). Here are the last three methods:
1. Fridge thawing
This method takes the longest time and is usually only suitable for those who have extra time to prepare food. It is super easy as all you have to do is take the frozen chicken out of the freezer and put it into the fridge, which has a higher temperature.
The chicken will get defrosted wholly and slowly over time. Generally, it takes approximately one day to get desired results.
2. Natural defrosting
The following technique is to leave the chicken on the counter for 4 to 6 hours. Make sure to clean the counter with an antibacterial spray for food safety. Also, place a towel under the chicken (or just put it on a dish) to stop the juices from melting onto your counter.
3. Defrosting tray
Last but not least, we recommend utilizing a defrosting tray. You might have never heard of this useful corrugated tool before. This tray helps to thaw the meat naturally, without power or batteries.
The best defrosting tray should always come with an attached container for juice collection. Also, its size must be large enough to store all the meat you want to defrost for time-saving purposes. An excellent tray should quickly defrost the chicken in less than 30 minutes.
3. How much time do you need to cook frozen chicken?
Typically, a fully thawed chicken takes around 20 to 30 minutes if the oven is at 350°F. As mentioned above, a frozen chicken would generally eat up much more time – around 30 to 45 minutes at the same heat.
So now you know the answer to the question, “Can you grill frozen chicken?” If you’re too busy with work and forget to defrost your chicken beforehand, no need to worry! Our tips above are sure to help you serve the best chicken (even if it’s still unthawed). Try them out, and we bet you’ll thank us.