15 Grilled Chicken Menus

Get your coals ready for these versatile grilled chicken menus perfect for either a weeknight dinner or a Saturday spread.

  • Make-Ahead Summer Buffet
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Make-Ahead Summer Buffet Menu

    Simplicity rules this summer gathering's menu. Everything can be prepared in advance, so you're not stressing when guests arrive. Spicy grilled chicken served over peppers only tastes complicated.
  • Lemon and Oregano-Rubbed Chicken Paillards
    Howard L. Puckett; Melanie J. Clarke

    Quick Grilled Chicken Menu

    Serve a farmer's market fresh vegetable salad tossed with homemade vinaigrette to complement the zesty grilled chicken paillards. Rice pilaf rounds out the quick-cooking meal.
  • Grilled Chicken and Tapenade Sandwiches
    Randy Mayor

    Chicken Sandwiches for the Grill

    Try these grilled chicken and tapenade sandwiches for an easy and healthy dinner. As the chicken's cooking, place skewers of vegetables on the grill for a one-cook summer meal.
  • Mango-Chicken Wraps
    Photo: Beth Dreiling; Styling: Cari South

    Lakeside Picnic Menu

    Whether you're landlocked or living on the lake, this easy Southwestern menu is great for picnics, weeknight meals, or any summer occasion.
  • Grilled Chicken with Mint and Pine Nut Gremolata
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Grilled Chicken with Mint and Pine Nut Gremolata Menu

    Spice up your typical chicken breasts for summertime with gremolata—a zesty herb topping of parsley, lemon, and mint. Extend the sprightly flavors and toss together a sugar snap and snow pea salad.
  • Chicken Saté with Peanut Sauce
    Randy Mayor

    Chicken Saté with Peanut Sauce Menu

    Surprise your friends with this easy version of traditional Indonesian cuisine. Make sure to marinate the chicken for at least an hour before putting on the grill. Serve with rice and assorted grilled vegetables.
  • Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Celebrate the Day

    Whatever the day, this is a great All-American grill menu. Slow-cooked barbecue chicken sandwiches served with summer's best tomatoes and potato salad are a guaranteed tummy pleasing for any crowd.
  • Beer-Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue Sauce
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Backyard Barbecue

    Get your grill smoking for this one: It's pretty hard to pass up a menu centering around beer-can chicken with cola barbecue sauce. We recommend preparing watermelon margaritas, shoestring fries, a salad, and caramel corn ice cream in keeping with the Americana theme.
  • Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Sizzling Greek Salad Menu

    Healthy, tasty and quick, fire up your grill for this Greek grilled chicken salad ready in under 30 minutes. Cover your courses with a side of breadsticks and a lime sherbert dessert. Who knew a dinner could be so refreshing and satisfying?
  • Bacon, Onion, and Münster Tart
    Photo: Aya Brackett; Styling: Robyn Valarik

    Beer Bash Menu

    Bring out the beer and the grill for this menu. It was created to pair with great ales, stouts, and more–from the first course through dessert. Check out the beer paring guidelines before you head to the store.
  • Pan-Grilled Chicken with Chorizo Confetti
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

    Pan-Grilled Chicken with Chorizo Confetti Menu

    Hearty Mexican sausage and peppers add color and flavor to pan-grilled chicken. A simple green salad on the side balances things out, and crostini slathered with garlicky goat cheese makes a terrific accompaniment.
  • Grilled Cumin Chicken with Fresh Tomatillo Sauce
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Rose Nguyen

    Grilled Cumin Chicken with Fresh Tomatillo Sauce Menu

    This quick entree and side get supper to the table in a flash. Fresh tomatillo sauce comes together in minutes with just a few ingredients, and tastes much better than the bottled kind. Cap it all off with a cold Mexican beer for good measure.
  • Barbecue Chicken with Mustard Glaze
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Barbecue Chicken with Mustard Glaze Menu

    A five-ingredient barbecue rub and a three-ingredient basting sauce are all you need to take chicken from routine to off-the-charts good. Simple grilled summer squash complete the meal with ease.
  • Chicken Shawarma Menu
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Chicken Shawarma Menu

    Sharwarma is a Middle Eastern dish of garlicky meat or poultry served on pitas. In this grill-friendly version, chicken is piled atop warm pitas, then topped with a savory yogurt sauce. Finish off the meal with a not-too-sweet dessert of Greek yogurt and walnuts drizzled with honey.
  • Chicken with Quick Chile Verde
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

    Chicken with Quick Chile Verde and Roasted Potatoes Menu

    Bad weather? You can still grill indoors! Pan-grilled chicken gets its flavor from fresh salsa verde. Herb-roasted potatoes and sauteed snap peas and radishes are sensational side dishes for a delicious night in.
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    Grill Up a Backyard Feast

    This playful grilling menu is perfect for a family cookout on a warm summer's eve.
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