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

    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.
  • Grilled Chicken with Tomato-Avocado Salad
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr and Lindsey Lower  

    Grilled Chicken with Tomato-Avocado Salad

    All the fresh flavors of summer come together in Grilled Chicken with Tomato-Avocado Salad. The homemade buttermilk dressing balances the heat of the chicken and completes the meal.
  • Grilled Lemon Chicken
    Photo: Coral Von Zumwalt; Styling: Jeanne Kelley

    Grilled Lemon Chicken

    Simmer the chicken ahead of time so that all it needs is a few minutes on the grill. Squeeze the soft, juicy grilled lemons over the meat, or cut the lemons into pieces to eat skin and all.
  • Grilled Chicken with Fresh Corn Cakes
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

    Grilled Chicken with 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • <p>Salt Slab Chicken al Mattone</p>

    Salt Slab Chicken al Mattone

    Pollo al mattone (chicken grilled under a brick) is one of Italy's great gifts to global barbecue. The weight of the brick gives the chicken a crisp, compact texture. If you love the traditional version, wait until you taste it grilled under a salt slab, which seasons the chicken while it cooks.
  • 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.
  • Grilled Chicken with Sriracha Glaze
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    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.
  • Beer-Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue Sauce
    Photography: 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.
  • 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.
  • Jerk Chicken and Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers
    Photo: Mary Britton Senseney/Wonderful Machine and Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Jerk Chicken and Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers

    For a great tasting weeknight dinner with lots of bold flavor, try Jerk Chicken and Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers. The mini bell peppers will be a big hit, and the creamy filling will help tame the heat of the jerk chicken.
  • Jerk Chicken
    Photography: 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.
  • Grilled Chicken with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce
    Photo: Squire Fox; Stylist: Justin Schram, Kenneth Hyatt

    Grilled Chicken with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce

    This recipe garners nothing but rave reviews! The easy Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce seals the deal.
  • <p>Grilled Lemon Chicken with Tomato Salad</p>

    Grilled Lemon Chicken with Tomato Salad

    Bright, citrusy chicken is paired with a salad of baby heirloom tomatoes and feta cheese. This fresh, healthy meal is on the table in 30 minutes or less, making it the perfect excuse to fire up the grill (or grill pan) on a weeknight.
  • Chicken Burgers with Peanut Sauce
    Photography: 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.
  • <p>Margarita-Brined Chicken</p>

    Margarita-Brined Chicken

    Soak chicken in a citrus-and-tequila-spiked brine to infuse Latin flavors and keep the chicken moist as it cooks. Pat the skin dry before grilling, and start skin-side down to ensure it gets good and crispy.
  • <p>Jerk Chicken with Grilled Pineapple Salsa</p>

    Jerk Chicken with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

    Traditional jerk recipes have you marinate the meat for a day or more. This dish lends huge flavor to the chicken with just an hour-long marinade.
  • Tamil Chicken Wings

    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.
  • Grilled Chicken Thighs with Peach-Lime Salsa

    Grilled Chicken Thighs with Peach-Lime Salsa

    We love the combination of sweet peaches and fiery peppers; seed the jalapeño if you prefer a dish with hints of pepper flavor, minus the burn.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Grilled Chicken Thighs with Ancho-Tequila Glaze
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

    Grilled Chicken Thighs with Ancho-Tequila Glaze

    These chicken thighs are everything you're looking for when you hit the grill. Use amber agave syrup when making the glaze for a deeper flavor than the more light-colored varieties offer.
  • Grilled Buttermilk Chicken

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

    Spice-Rubbed 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.
  • Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
    Photo: Raymond Hom; Styling: Pamela Duncan Silver

    Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

    Dinner guests are guaranteed to be impressed with this deceptively easy Pulled Chicken Sandwich recipe, which includes a seven-ingredient rub and a simple 15-minute sauce that comes together while the chicken grills.
  • <p>Grilled Chicken and Fennel with Orange Glaze</p>

    Grilled Chicken and Fennel with Orange Glaze

    A classic Italian pairing of orange and fennel livens up basic chicken. The sauce turns into a light glaze when brushed on the chicken at the end, but could also work as a marinade if you have time (chill overnight).
  • Garlic-Basil Grilled Chicken with Caprese Salsa
    Iain Bagwell

    Garlic-Basil 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.
  • Spicy Grilled Chicken Thighs with Cucumber-Radish Salad
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Kristen Shelton Fielder

    Spicy Grilled Chicken Thighs with Cucumber-Radish Salad

    The marinade for the chicken also serves as the dressing for the salad in this easy recipe for Spicy Grilled Chicken Thighs with Cucumber-Radish Salad.
  • <p>Mesquite-Smoked Beer Can Chicken</p>
    Photo: Justin Walker; Food Styling: Simon Andrews; Prop Styling: Kaitlyn du Ross

    Mesquite-Smoked Beer Can Chicken

    Pop open a cold one for juicy, tender grilled chicken. Use your favorite beer to make this crowd-pleasing recipe for your next backyard barbecue.
  • Lemon and Oregano-Rubbed Chicken Paillards
    Howard L. Puckett; 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
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