Grilling Times For Chicken And Poultry

This chart shows you how long to grill different cuts of chicken, from beer can whole chickens to kabobs and beyond.

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Simple grilled chicken on wilted spinach | Photo by Meredith

Did you know? Boneless cuts cook faster than bone-in pieces.

Clear juices are not a good indicator of doneness. Depending on the age of the bird, juices might not run clear until it’s overcooked.

Chicken and other poultry should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F (75 degrees C).

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Grilling Times for Chicken and Poultry

CutMethodHeatTimeInternal Temp. (minimum)
Whole Broiler or Fryer—-—-—-—-
3 to 4 poundsIndirectMedium60 to 75 min.165 F (75 C)
Whole Roasting Hen—-—-—-—-
5 to 7 poundsIndirectMedium18 to 25 min./pound165 F (75 C)
Capon—-—-—-—-
4 to 8 poundsIndirectMedium15 to 20 min./pound165 F (75 C)
Cornish Hens—-—-—-—-
18-24 ouncesIndirectMedium45 to 55 min./side165 F (75 C)
Breast—-—-—-—-
6 to 8 ouncesDirectMedium/High10 to 15 min./side165 F (75 C)
Boneless Breast—-—-—-—-
4 ouncesDirectHigh6 to 8 min./side165 F (75 C)
Legs or Thighs—-—-—-—-
4 to 8 ouncesDirectMedium/High10 to 15 min./side165 F (75 C)
Drumsticks—-—-—-—-
4 ouncesDirectMedium/High8 to 12 min./side165 F (75 C)
Wings—-—-—-—-
2 to 3 ouncesDirectMedium/High8 to 12 min./side165 F (75 C)

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