Spice up grilled chicken breasts, wings, thighs, and more with homemade rubs, sauces, and flavor-packed marinades for a memorable meal. There's no better time than tonight for you to rev up your grill, light up the flames, and get to searing your favorite cut of chicken. Perfect for the whole family, grilled chicken dinners are an easy, tasty way to get food on the table. Embrace the smoky aroma and charred texture of your next grillling creation.
Mojo Grilled Chicken Breasts
The red onions develop a nice char on the grill, but they finish cooking and develop a depth and sweetness once left to steam. Drizzle any juices from the onion mixture over the grilled chicken. Fresh cilantro and zesty lime add a refreshing brightness to this light summer meal, perfect for the whole family. For a sensitive palate, use less or omit red pepper flakes.
Korean Barbecue Spatchcock Chicken with Shishitos and Scallions
This impressive and vibrant meal comes together surprisngly quick thanks to the power of the grill and the power of spatchcocking. If you've never tried it before, spatchcocking is a technique that refers to removing the bird's back bone so that you can butterfly the whole chicken open. This technique is a guaranteed route to succulent meat, ultra-crispy skin, and a much quicker cooking time.
Grilled Chicken Wings with Tamarind Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Tangy, fruity tamarind, popular in Latino and Asian cuisines, is the secret ingredient in our favorite new barbecue sauce for chicken wings.
Chimichurri Chicken Thighs with Potatoes
An herb-packed chimichurri sauce makes this meat-and-potatoes main vibrant and exciting. Double the mixture and spoon it over grilled steak or fish on another night. For less heat in both the chimichurri and the potatoes, remove the seeds from the Fresno chile.
In Mexico and Cuba, cooks marinate chicken in a mixture of cumin, oregano, garlic, and citrus to make it juicy and flavorful. Adding achiote paste, as cooks do in Mexico, adds depth and sweetness, but the chicken is good without it too. Wine pairing: Martin Ray 2014 Puccioni Vineyard Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley).
Buttermilk-Hot Sauce Brined Chicken
The secret to extra moist grilled chicken is an overnight soak in a hot sauce-laced buttermilk marinade.
Zaatar and Lemon Grilled ChickenWe love this live-fire version of a recipe from our archives because it gives camp chicken a complex flavor with minimal ingredients.
Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Strawberry SalsaDrizzle a Tangy Strawberry Barbecue Sauce over this plate for the ultimate summery chicken dish.
Herbed Wheat Berry and Roasted Tomato Salad with Grilled Chipotle Chicken Breasts
The fresh flavors of the wheat berry tomato salad pair perfectly with the chipotle chicken in this dish. If preferable, you can substitute cooked farro or barley.
Grilled Chicken with Spicy Corn on the Cob and Grilled LettucesRussell Moore, chef and owner at Camino restaurant in Oakland, gave us this technique for grilling chicken breast--and it's the juiciest version we've ever had,
Grilled Chicken with Tomato-Avocado SaladAll 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 ChickenSimmer 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 Whiskey Barbecue SauceDine 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 Corn CakesStart 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 ChickenSeason 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 ThighsThe sweetness of maple syrup and the tartness of two kinds of mustards create an amazing flavor combination for these grilled chicken thighs.
Grilled Buttermilk ChickenThis creamy buttermilk mixture makes a great marinade for grilled chicken.
Salt Slab Chicken al MattonePollo 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 SauceFor a flavorful twist on traditional barbecue chicken, serve spiced chicken breasts with a creamy, six-ingredient white sauce.
Grilled Chicken with Sriracha GlazeInstead 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 SauceCooking 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 ChickenGrilled 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 PeppersFor 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.
Wonder WingsNo Summer cookout is complete without these crispy, delicious wings. Be sure to serve with a delicious sauce to complete the experience.
Jerk ChickenBring 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 SauceThis recipe garners nothing but rave reviews! The easy Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce seals the deal.
Grilled Lemon Chicken with Tomato SaladBright, 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 SauceSavor 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.
Margarita-Brined ChickenSoak 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.
Jerk Chicken with Grilled Pineapple SalsaTraditional 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 WingsThis 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 SalsaWe 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 ChickenCombine 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 ChickenGet 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 GlazeThese 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 ChickenInstead 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 Roasted ChickenAchieve 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.
Grilled Lemon Chicken with Feta RiceA light lemony dressing plus crumbles of salty feta transform packaged rice into an elegant side dish.
Pulled Chicken SandwichesDinner 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.
Grilled Chicken and Fennel with Orange GlazeA 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 Chicken with Caprese SalsaThis 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 SaladThe 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.
Mesquite-Smoked Beer Can ChickenPop 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 PaillardsPaillards 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 GarlicWhen 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 ChickenBrining 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.
Ginger "Beer Can" ChickenA different take on the traditional "beer can chicken," this chicken is best served with a ginger ale glaze.
Rosemary Grilled Chicken ThighsOnline 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 ChickenThe 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 SalsaGo 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.
Orange Chicken Skewers with Jalapeño-Mint Yogurt Dip
Packed full of bright citrus flavor, this dish makes for a perfect fuss-free weeknight dinner. Feel free to make the creamy yogurt dip in advance to speed up the prep on this fast and fresh dinner even more. Tangy Greek yogurt and fresh mint are a refreshing balance to the heat of a jalapeño, but to tame the spice a bit more, simply remove the seeds of your jalapeño before dicing and stirring into the yogurt. This recipe serves 2, but is easily doubled to serve more (or if you want to make sure you have leftovers). If you are using wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in cold water prior to grilling.
Ultimate BBQ Chicken
This chicken is wonderfully moist, with a smoky sauce that will have you firing up the grill year-round.
Grilled Chicken with Sweet and Savory Peanut Sauce
This twist on the traditional Asian chicken dish has a very unique flavor, largely due to the use of peanut butter cups as the central flavoring agent. That's right, we created a rich sauce using a blend of soy, rice wine vinegar, seasonings, and chocolate-peanut butter cups.