Bake for a short time at a high temperature. Baking for 30 minutes at 350 degrees will yield dry meat. But baking for just 20 minutes at 450 degrees will result in delightfully juicy baked chicken breast, every time. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking dish with foil.
The cooking times that follow refer to cooking without the grill cover, unless otherwise indicated. Boneless Chicken Breasts.
Cooking time: Direct heat, 5 to 6 minutes per side.
Internal temperature*: 160° to 165° F.
With chicken we worry about salmonella. However, if you're cooking above 130°F, the salmonella bacteria are unable to grow, as are all other common bugs. Still, food safety is important. Wash hands after handling raw meat, and wash all surfaces and utensils after they come in contact with raw meat.
Take the steak out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature about an hour before you cook it. Skip this step and the outcome will disappoint. As Rob Levitt of Chicago’s The Butcher & Larder describes it: “The outside will be charred and the inside will be mostly gray meat with a little nugget of red in the middle.”
One-and-a-half to two inches is not some arbitrary measurement when it comes to hefty cuts like rib eye or New York strip. Rather, this thickness ensures that your steak will achieve the perfect char on the outside just as the interior reaches the ideal temperature.
You want a hot side to sear the meat and a not-so-hot side to finish the cooking. If you’ve got a gas grill, that’s easy: Keep one burner on low while the others go full blast. If you’re cooking over coals, use your tongs to build a ramp of embers climbing up to one side of the grill to create high-low control.