45+ Best Grilled Chicken Recipes
Our best grilled chicken recipes were made for your next cookout. Whether you're looking for something classic (for instance, our easy Marinated Grilled Chicken Breasts), super flavorful (like this Grilled Lemon-Rosemary Chicken and Leeks or this Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with Bourbon-Cherry BBQ Sauce), or beautifully bright and perfect-for-summer (we're looking at you, Grilled Chicken and Summer Corn Salad), you're sure to find a new favorite in our collection of grilled chicken recipes.
Grilled Chicken with Quick-Pickled Squash Salad
Instead of serving grilled chicken over your usual mixed greens, try this fresh and tangy squash salad. We like the mix of yellow and green squash in this salad, but you can use any kind that’s in season, from round pattypan to bicolored Zephyr.
Keto Alfredo with Grilled Chicken
Gone are the days of missing out on Alfredo because it doesn't comply with the keto diet. Thanks to this vegetable pasta and the Alfredo sauce, which doesn't contain any flour, you can enjoy this Italian classic, all without the carbs.
Brined Grilled Chicken with Dipping Sauces
We love the smoky flavor of grilled wings, but we also like wings that are tender and juicy. The brine, made with herbs, garlic, brown sugar, and chiles, adds tons of flavor and keeps the wings from drying out on the grill.
Lemon-Grilled Chicken Breasts
This is a perfect basic grilled chicken recipe, simple and versatile enough to meal prep, whip up on a hectic weeknight, or serve to company. Make sure to cook the chicken breasts until the internal temperature reaches a safe 165 degrees—about six minutes on each side. Save three of these grilled chicken breast halves to make our Hearts of Romaine Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken. Garnish the plate with grilled lemon slices.
Harissa Grilled Chicken Skewers
These skewers get a nice, long marinating time due to the low amount of lemon juice. If your marinade is loaded with vinegar or citrus, go for 30 minutes to an hour at most to ensure the best texture.
Grilled General Tso's Chicken
This fun twist on barbecue chicken borrows flavors from a Chinese takeout favorite. We grill the chicken without any of the glazy sauce brushed on because you would lose all subtlety in the sauce if it were to char on the grill.
Grilled Lemon-Rosemary Chicken and Leeks
Chicken cutlets get great flavor from a lemon-rosemary marinade while the leeks cook into a silky, caramelized vegetable side dish. If you’ve never enjoyed the darker green leek tops, give them a try in this recipe.
Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Arugula Pesto
Wake up your grill from winter hibernation with flavorful skewers (chicken, sweet onion, and zucchini) paired with a zippy arugula pesto on the side. Serve with plenty of crusty bread to mop up the pesto.
Grilled Chicken Curry Flatbreads
Think of this as curried chicken salad served on a grill-toasted flatbread. The quick-pickled carrots can be made ahead and hold well for several days; make a double batch to add to salads or sandwiches or even to serve on a cheese board.
Pan-Grilled Chicken with Peach Salsa
Fresh summer peaches are turned into a quick salsa that wakes up cumin-spiced chicken breasts. Taste the peaches first, and omit the sugar if the peaches are especially ripe and juicy.
Marinated Grilled Chicken Breasts
This is, quite honestly, the only recipe for grilled chicken breasts you’ll ever need. The simple combination of olive oil, lemon, and fresh herbs creates a clean, summery flavor profile that brings out the best of lean, white meat.
Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with Bourbon-Cherry BBQ Sauce
This fruity, boozy take on barbecue has all the characteristics of your favorite sauce--deep caramel notes, a savory backbone, and a pleasant vinegar tang. You can sub sweet cherries for sour, adjusting the amount of honey and vinegar to taste. For a shortcut, start with 1 cup purchased unsweetened cherry juice.
Grilled Creole Chicken and Okra
Getting a nice char on these fresh ingredients is key to a flavorful grilled dish. The hot sauce is optional, but it gives the extra kick this Creole dish longs for.
Basil, Blackberry, and Grilled Chicken Salad
When you have a bounty of basil, try using the leaves as part of the "lettuce" in salads.
Grilled Chicken with Tomatoes and Herb Oil
Ripe tomatoes and juicy chicken, hot off the grill, mingle with herby oil to make a delicious sauce. Serve with warm bread to mop it up. You'll need a perforated grill pan for this recipe (or use a double thickness of foil, oiled, with dime-size holes poked through about an inch apart).
Grilled Chipotle Chicken and Sweet Potato Toss
Adobo sauce, what surrounds the chipotle chiles in the can, is a fantastic single-ingredient wet rub for grilled chicken, smoky with just a touch of heat that won't be overwhelming for kids.
Curried Grilled Chicken Thighs
Curry paste is a flavor powerhouse, full of roasted aromatics, earthy spices, fiery chiles, and more. Yellow curry powder is commonly used in green curry paste recipes, serving as the flavor backbone; it's convenient, too, providing lots of spices in a single handy ingredient.
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.
Grilled Lemon Chicken Salad
Simple and bright, this is the kind of main that puts us in the mood for spring. If you’ve never thrown fresh lemons on the grill, try it: The slight edge of char intensifies their tartness, and they look gorgeous. The marinade is more of a wet rub since the chicken goes straight to the grill, though you could refrigerate up to a day ahead.
Grilled Chicken Breasts with Satay Sauce
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.
Grilled Chicken Skewers with Wasabi Mayo
A kicking dipping sauce adds amped up fun and flavor. If you make these skewers on the outdoor grill, make sure to soak your wooden skewers in water before grilling to avoid burning. Make a few extra skewers to add chicken to lunches and salads the next day.
Grilled Rosemary Chicken with Farro Risotto
Farro retains a pleasant chewiness as it absorbs the flavorful stock. You can marinate the chicken overnight in a zip-top plastic bag.
Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Creamy Jalapeño Sauce and Potato Chips
J. Kenji López-Alt, managing culinary director of SeriousEats.com and author of The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, adapted this sandwich from recipes by his colleague Daniel Gritzer. It's an excellent way to use grilled-chicken leftovers.
Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Strawberry Salsa
This fresh and light dish will be your go-to supper this season. The chicken cutlets get a big boost of flavor from a marinade of pineapple juice, ground ancho chile, cumin, vinegar, and oil. Be sure to allow enough time for the chicken to chill in the marinade for 30 minutes before grilling.
Grilled Buffalo Chicken Tacos
We took the finger-licking beauty of a Buffalo wing experience and wrapped it in a tortilla--because that's how you win a weeknight.
Grilled Chicken Skewers with Asian Pear Slaw
Marjorie Meek-Bradley relies on fish sauce to bring a new dimension to marinades and vinaigrettes. She finds that this salty pantry staple is especially appealing in crisp salads.
Zaatar and Lemon Grilled Chicken
We love this live-fire version of a recipe from our archives because it gives camp chicken a complex flavor with minimal ingredients. The key is the Mediterranean seasoning blend called zaatar. You can start marinating the chicken at home, and even freeze it ahead.
Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Coconut Chutney
Designed for cilantro fans, this Indian-style chutney gives chicken breasts loads of flavor and keeps them moist in their parchment-paper packets. Don't let the grill get over 425°, or the paper may catch on fire.
Grilled Chicken and Toasted Couscous Salad with Lemon-Buttermilk Dressing
What's a salad without leafy greens, you say? No need to panic. Asparagus takes charge in this toasted couscous, chicken medley. Top with a lemon-buttermilk dressing and you might find yourself not missing lettuce afterall.
Grilled Mango-Habanero Jerk Chicken
You probably have all the ingredients on hand to make this quick spice rub. Water or chicken stock can be substituted for rum in the mango sauce.
Grilled Chicken Thighs with Ginger Sauce
Flavorful chicken thighs might just be our favorite cut. Here we dress them up with a simple ginger-scallion sauce.
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.
Grilled Balsamic Chicken Salad with Spiced Pecans
You'll want to double the sweet and spicy sautéed pecans for snacking during the week. Sub fresh summer fruit like blueberries or nectarines for the raspberries.
Grilled Chicken and Summer Corn Salad
Grilled, crispy-skinned chicken thighs paired with a vibrant corn and tomato salad—this is the epitome of summer flavor. When it’s at peak ripeness, raw corn is absolutely bursting with sweet, juiciness, making it a perfect match for acidic tomatoes, a bright lemon vinaigrette, and herbaceous fresh basil. So, be sure to use ripe, plump summer corn for this recipe.
Grilled Chicken Wings
You can’t go wrong with this basic recipe for perfect grilled chicken wings. A grilled wing is smoky, crispy, and an all-around delicious change of pace from its fried counterpart. You can dress your grilled chicken wings as you please, but we’d highly recommend giving this lemon-pepper sauce a go.
Grilled Bone-In Chicken Thighs
How can such a simple recipe for grilled chicken thighs taste so flavorful and satisfying? Once you sink your teeth into the super-crispy skin and find rich, tasty dark meat waiting underneath, you’ll understand. This low and slow cooking method yields tender, succulent meat with carefully developed flavors.
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings with Cilantro-Lime Ranch
These jerk chicken wings will take your next summer barbecue up a few notches. The cilantro-lime ranch is super easy, but your guests won't know it--it'll quickly become a favorite dipping sauce.
Greek Chicken Kabobs With Simple Herb Yogurt Dip
These easy chicken skewers are packed with flavor and make a perfect lunch for you or the kids. Your secret weapon? Greek salad dressing, which has all the flavor of a homemade marinade without the hassle of buying and preparing extra ingredients.
Lemon-Herb Chicken Kebabs
These light and summery kebabs are made with chicken thighs, which won’t dry out on the grill. Cut the chicken into strips and thread it, accordion-style, onto the skewers along with thinly sliced lemons and asparagus. The tangy herb and lemon marinade also tastes great with pork or lamb.
Chicken Kebabs with Spicy Sauce
That jar of salsa hanging out in the back of your fridge has more in store for it than a date with a bag of tortilla chips. This easy chicken kebabs recipe will help you teach that lycopene-rich salsa some tasty new tricks.
Chicken-and-Shrimp Kebabs with Summer Vegetables and Basil Oil
Take the flavors of Jambalaya and load them up onto a skewer. Elevate this dish with a drizzle of simple-yet-sophisticated basil oil for a stunning dinner centerpiece.
Chicken, Potato, and Green Bean Dippers with Honey Mustard
This is a super-simple, healthy lunch you can either prepare out of last-night's dinner, or make in a batch for several days of healthy lunches. The key here is the honey-mustard dip, which gives new vibrancy to the veggies and protein.
Sweet and tangy pomegranate juice gives the chicken a gorgeous garnet-hued glaze. Dress up the quinoa pilaf by adding a sprinkle of crumbled feta cheese for a pop of salty flavor.
Chicken and Bulgur Salad With Peaches
A quick-cooking whole grain, bulgur is perfect for time-crunched weeknight cooking. If you can’t find it on the grains aisle, you can substitute quinoa or whole-wheat couscous.