How to Grill a Chicken on an Induction Stove

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Got an induction stove and a craving for some tasty grilled chicken? Well, you’re in luck because cooking up deliciously seared chicken is totally possible on your high-tech induction cooktop. 

All you need is a solid grill pan or ridged skillet that works with induction, some basic seasonings, and a little patience for perfectly cooked chicken with plenty of charred flavor. Grilling on an induction stove is fast, efficient, and makes the juiciest weekday chicken you could ask for.

So, cancel that takeout order and get ready to impress your family. Here’s the best step-by-step guide on how to grill chicken on an induction stove.

Can You Grill on an Induction Cooktop?

Yes, you can. You may already have an idea that an induction stove generates a magnetic field instead of heat. The pans convert the magnetic field into high-temperature heat, but the pans are the only part of the cooktop that gets hot. The heat produced by the pans gives the induction cooktop the ability to grill your meat.

Make sure you use induction-ready pans. Here’s a post I wrote about the correct types of utensils you can use on an induction stove.

Step-by-Step Process on Grilling a Chicken on an Induction Stove

“The key to juicy, flavorful grilled chicken is a very hot pan and frequent flipping. Grill for just 2-3 minutes per side over medium-high heat to get the char marks. Finishing the chicken in the oven lets it cook through gently without burning the outside. Always let it rest before cutting for tender results,” Samin Nosrat, American chef and author of Salt Fat Acid Heat

We’ll walk through prepping the chicken, searing it to perfection, finishing it off in the oven, and having it ready in no time. Now let’s get started and make some magic happen!

How to Grill a Chicken on an Induction Stove

Ingredients Needed

  1. Whole chicken or chicken pieces 
  2. Induction-compatible grill pan or ridged skillet
  3. Oil or nonstick spray
  4. Seasonings of choice
  5. Oven mitts

Step 1: Season the Chicken

Pat the chicken dry and coat all sides with olive oil or nonstick spray. Season generously with salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, herbs, or any of your favorite spices. Rub the seasoning evenly over the entire chicken. 

Step 2: Heat the Pan

Place your induction-compatible grill pan or ridged skillet on the cooktop. Turn the heat to medium-high. Let the pan preheat for 2-3 minutes until piping hot. 

Step 3: Place the Chicken in the Pan

Carefully lay the chicken pieces skin-side down in the hot pan. You should hear an immediate sizzle. Grill the chicken on each side for 5-7 minutes until golden brown. Use tongs to flip the pieces. 

Step 4: Finish in the Oven

Once both sides are seared with grill marks, transfer the pan to the oven preheated to 400°F. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked through. The juices should run clear when pierced.

Step 5: Rest and Serve

Remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes before cutting and serving. Enjoy your perfectly grilled chicken with induction cooking! The pan and seasonings infuse it with delicious charred flavor.

Note: Tips

  • Brush chicken with sauce 10 minutes before done. 
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure 165°F.
  • Grill lemon halves alongside for a tasty topping.
  • Try different rubs like Cajun or jerk seasoning.

Can We Cook Chicken on an Induction Stove?

Yes. Since the pans of the induction become hot, you can place cooking pots on them. You can use an induction stove to prepare chicken using deep cooking pots or frying pans, as shown below. Therefore, you can decide how you want to cook your chicken.

“Induction cooking allows you to achieve the high searing heat needed for perfect grill marks and caramelization on foods like chicken. Use a heavy, induction-compatible pan to conduct the heat evenly. Keep the pieces moving and grill in batches to prevent steaming,” Mark Bittman, American food journalist and author of How to Cook Everything

Tip: You must follow the temperature instructions given on the induction stove guide on how to use it.

Frying chicken on an induction stove is easy. And here’s how you can do it…

How Do You Grill Chicken Without a Grill Pan?

If you don’t have access to an outdoor grill, you have no reason to worry because you can use a griddle pan as the best substitute for a grilling pan. Unlike grilling pans, the griddle pan has raised ridges that will provide beautiful char marks on your chicken. After slicing your chicken, marinate it with your desired ingredients, then grill in the griddle pan over your induction stove.

How to Cook Chicken Breast on an Induction Cooktop

Cooking chicken on induction is one of the easiest recipes. For a simple but juicy chicken receive, you will need the following;

  • Frying pan
  • Chopped onions based on your chicken size
  • Chopped tomatoes based on your chicken size
  • Chili powder (optional)
  • Chicken masala powder
  • Water
  • Salt to taste
  • Marinated chicken

First, heat the oil in the frying pan. After that, add numbers 2 to 8 to the frying pan simultaneously while giving each time to take some heat. The onion should be left to have a golden brown color before adding the tomatoes. The process should take 30 minutes, and your chicken will be ready.

Induction Temperature for Chicken

The induction temperature for chicken is crucial, as it will determine the quality of the chicken you get from the process. It is, therefore, advisable that you use 182° C as your induction temperature.

Please note that when the temperature is higher than 182° C, the chicken will burn.

BBQ Plate for Induction Cooktop

There are several BBQ plates for the induction cooktop. An example of them is Cast Iron hot plate, which you can use on the induction cooktop. The plates can be used for chicken preparation and can offer you the best experience in your chicken.

How Many Minutes Should You Grill Chicken?

It takes between 3 and 10 minutes to grill both sides of your chicken. You should, therefore, choose your sizes carefully to get the best and faster results.

Common Questions

What type of cookware works best for grilling chicken on an induction stove?

Use a cast iron or enameled cast iron grill pan or ridged skillet. Stainless steel and carbon steel pans also work if labeled induction compatible. The pan needs a ferromagnetic base.

Should I use oil or spray to prep the pan?

Lightly coat the heated pan with oil or nonstick spray before adding the chicken. This prevents sticking and allows the chicken to develop char marks.

What temperature should I preheat the pan to? 

Preheat your grill pan for 2-3 minutes over medium-high or high heat, around 400°F to 450°F. Use an infrared thermometer to test the pan temperature.

How long does it take to grill chicken pieces on an induction stove?

Grill bone-in chicken pieces for 5-7 minutes per side. Boneless pieces take 3-5 minutes per side. Grill until nicely browned. Brush with sauce the last 2 minutes if desired.

When should I transfer the chicken to the oven?

Once the chicken is browned on both sides from grilling, transfer the pan to the oven preheated to 375°F-400°F to finish cooking through. Avoid over-grilling on the stove alone.

How will I know when the chicken is fully cooked?

Use a meat thermometer to check internal temperature, which should reach 165°F for chicken. Juices should run clear when pierced with a fork, and meat should no longer be pink.

What are some flavor options for grilled chicken?

Season simply with salt, pepper, and olive oil or use spice rubs like Cajun, jerk, lemon pepper, garlic herb, Spanish spices, and more according to your taste.

Should I let the chicken rest before serving?

Yes, let it rest 5-10 minutes after cooking. This allows juices to redistribute evenly for a moist, tender texture. Tent with foil while resting.

What sides go well with grilled chicken?

Grilled veggies like zucchini, squash, peppers, or corn pair great. You can also do roasted potatoes, rice, greens, beans, coleslaw, cornbread, or fresh salads.

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