Top Grilled Chicken Recipes

Spice up grilled chicken breasts, wings, thighs, and more with homemade rubs and sauces for a memorable meal.

  • Grilled Chicken with Whiskey Barbecue Sauce and Spicy Slaw
    Photo: Thomas J. Story

    Grilled Chicken with Whiskey Barbecue Sauce and Spicy Slaw

    Dine well when you’re camping with this grilled chicken recipe featuring a make-ahead barbecue sauce and coleslaw.    Once you get to the campsite, you can grill the chicken over a charcoal or wood fire in the grill.

     

    Recipe: Grilled Chicken with Whiskey Barbecue Sauce and Spicy Slaw

  • Garlic-Basil Grilled Chicken with Caprese Salsa
    Iain Bagwell

    Garlic-Basil Grilled Chicken with Caprese Salsa

    This herb-infused grilled chicken is even better when you serve if with a fresh Caprese salsa of grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls and fresh basil.  It’s a perfect chicken dish for summertime entertaining.

     

    Recipe: Garlic-Basil Grilled Chicken with Caprese Salsa

  • Grilled Chicken with Fresh Corn Cakes
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

    Grilled Chicken with Fresh Corn Cakes

    Start with a package of cornbread mix and fresh corn kernels to make these homestyle corn cakes Top with grilled chicken, bacon and chopped arugula for a colorful one-dish dinner.

     

    Recipe: Grilled Chicken with Fresh Corn Cakes

  • Zaatar and Lemon Grilled Chicken
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Kevin Crafts

    Zaatar and Lemon Grilled Chicken

    Season grilled chicken thighs with a Mediterranean spice blend called zaatar that's composed of sesame seeds, thyme, marjoram and sumac.  Look for it in the spice section of your supermarket or in a Middle Eastern market.

     

    Recipe: Zaatar and Lemon Grilled Chicken

  • Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs

    The sweetness of maple syrup and the tartness of two kinds of mustards create an amazing flavor combination for these grilled chicken thighs.

     

    Recipe: Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs

  • Grilled Chicken with White Barbecue Sauce
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Grilled Chicken with White Barbecue Sauce

    For a flavorful twist on traditional barbecue chicken, serve spiced chicken breasts with a creamy, six-ingredient white sauce.

    Recipe: Grilled Chicken with White Barbecue Sauce

  • Grilled Chicken with Sriracha Glaze

    Grilled Chicken with Sriracha Glaze

    Instead of the usual barbecue sauce, brush bone-in chicken leg quarters with a sweet and spicy glaze made with hot chile sauce and mango jam for a great grilled chicken recipe. Cook the chicken over indirect heat so the glaze won't burn.

    Recipe: Grilled Chicken with Sriracha Glaze

  • Beer-Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue Sauce
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Beer-Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue Sauce

    Cooking chicken with beer and spices inside infuses the bird with a hint of spice and plenty of moisture for a juicy main dish. A simple cola sauce, made with liquid smoke, Worcestershire, and steak sauce, is the perfect finishing touch.

    Recipe: Beer-Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue Sauce

  • Grilled Fusion Chicken
    Thomas J. Story

    Grilled Fusion Chicken

    Grilled Fusion Chicken accents grilled chicken breasts with Southwestern flavors like lime, hot sauce, chipotle chiles, and tequila. The standout cream sauce makes this chicken dish special enough for entertaining, yet easy enough to prepare for family weeknight dinners.

    Recipe: Grilled Fusion Chicken

  • Jerk Chicken
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Jerk Chicken

    Bring the Caribbean's heat and spice to your dinner table by basting the chicken with jerk sauce, beer, ketchup, and hot sauce. You only use a small portion of the beer in the sauce, so enjoy the rest with dinner.

    Recipe: Jerk Chicken

  • Chicken Burgers with Peanut Sauce
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Chicken Burgers with Peanut Sauce

    Savor the dynamic mix of spicy Thai chile paste and sweet and creamy homemade peanut sauce. Worked right into the patties, the spices give the chicken its robust flavor.

    Recipe: Chicken Burgers with Peanut Sauce

  • Tamil Chicken Wings
    Valerie Martin

    Tamil Chicken Wings

    This Sri Lankan chicken dish features wings rubbed with lemon grass, cilantro, garlic, and turmeric. Serve with a simple cucumber salad for fresh summer flavor.

    Recipe: Tamil Chicken Wings

  • Sweet Barbecue Chicken
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Sweet Barbecue Chicken

    Combine six basic ingredients for a sweet-and-spicy sauce that cooks in minutes. Apple juice and brown sugar complement the fiery flavors of chili powder and ground red pepper.

    Recipe: Sweet Barbecue Chicken

  • Kansas City Barbecued Chicken
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Kansas City Barbecued Chicken

    Get the most from grilled chicken when you use spice rub before grilling, and then baste with a ketchup-based sauce perked up with vinegar, brown sugar, molasses, and chili powder. Grilling over hickory wood chips also adds flavor.

    Recipe: Kansas City Barbecued Chicken

  • Spice-Rubbed Smoked-Roasted Chicken
    Thomas J. Story

    Spice-Rubbed Smoked-Roasted Chicken

    Achieve amazing flavor by rubbing a whole chicken with a paste of olive oil, herbs, and spices, then grilling it over flavored wood chips. An online reviewer noted that this is a great recipe for entertaining since it requires very little tending at the grill.

    Recipe: Spice-Rubbed Smoked-Roasted Chicken

  • Lemon and Oregano-Rubbed Chicken Paillards
    Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Lemon and Oregano-Rubbed Chicken Paillards

    Paillards are simply pieces of meat or chicken pounded into thin pieces. Because you have more surface area, you can use more of the citrus-herb rub, and the grilling time is only about 5 to 6 minutes. Online reviewers love this recipe because it's "simple and delish!" Watch the video for tips on pounding chicken.

    Recipe: Lemon and Oregano-Rubbed Chicken Paillards

  • Grilled Split Chicken with Rosemary and Garlic

    Grilled Split Chicken with Rosemary and Garlic

    When you marinate a whole chicken overnight in a buttermilk-herb mixture, then grill it slowly over indirect heat, you're adding a double dose of flavor.

    Recipe: Grilled Split Chicken with Rosemary and Garlic

  • Lemon Tarragon-Brined Whole Chicken
    Karry Hosford

    Lemon Tarragon-Brined Whole Chicken

    Brining is a technique where you soak the chicken in a saltwater mixture in order to make it more tender, juicy, and flavorful. The brining solution in this recipe also includes lemon rind and fresh tarragon, which add even more flavor.

    Recipe: Lemon Tarragon-Brined Whole Chicken

  • Rosemary Grilled Chicken Thighs
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Rosemary Grilled Chicken Thighs

    Online reviewers claim that these honey-and-mustard-marinated thighs are definitely "company-worthy." Serving them over cheese grits and sautéed spinach makes this grilled chicken dish extraordinary.

    Recipe: Rosemary Grilled Chicken Thighs

  • Lexington-Style Grilled Chicken

    Lexington-Style Grilled Chicken

    The inspiration for the marinade on this grilled chicken comes from Carolina-style barbecue sauce, which is a spicy, vinegar-based sauce. Be sure to marinate at least 2 hours or as long as overnight to get the most flavor from the marinade.

    Recipe: Lexington-Style Grilled Chicken

  • Grilled Chicken with Mango-Pineapple Salsa
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Grilled Chicken with Mango-Pineapple Salsa

    Go tropical with your grilled chicken by adding a tangy salsa made with pineapple, mango, jalapeno pepper, and lime juice. Round out the meal with rice and plantain chips.

    Recipe: Grilled Chicken with Mango-Pineapple Salsa

  • Grilled Buttermilk Chicken
    James Carrier

    Grilled Buttermilk Chicken

    Instead of soaking the chicken in a saltwater mixture to add flavor and juiciness (brining), this chicken is brined in a mixture of buttermilk, shallot, and spices. The chicken can soak in the brine a day ahead.

    Recipe: Grilled Buttermilk Chicken

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