Top Grilled Chicken Recipes
Spice up grilled chicken breasts, wings, thighs, and more with homemade rubs and sauces for a memorable meal.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Grilled Chicken with Sriracha Glaze
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.
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
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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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