How Long Does It Take for a Chicken to Grill?

The FDA recommends chicken be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. The time it takes to grill chicken to this temperature depends on the type and the amount of chicken, and can range from eight minutes for a few drumsticks to 50 minutes for 4-pound whole chicken.

An 8-ounce boneless chicken breast needs only about six minutes per side to reach 165 degrees, while 8 ounces of juicy thigh meat may need 10 minutes per side. Chicken that is cooked fully may still be slightly pink but does not have a jelly-like feel when cut. After pulling chicken off the grill, the cook should let it rest a few minutes as the internal temperature continues to rise. Grill masters should purchase a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is always thoroughly cooked.