Our Favorite Grilled Chicken Recipes
If you're bored with the flavors of your traditional baked or fried chicken dinners, use one of these flavor-packed grilled chicken recipes to turn chicken thighs, breasts, and wings into great grilled entrées that the whole family will love. Whether it's a weeknight or a weekend, turning to the grill is a surefire way to instantly upgrade chicken by adding extra flavor from the help of your grill.
Here are our Favorite Ways With Grilled Chicken
Lemon-Herb Chicken Kebabs
Recipe: Lemon-Herb Chicken Kebabs
Using chicken thighs is the secret ingredient to ensuring these kebabs don't dry out on the grill.
Spiced Molasses BBQ Chicken Thighs
Recipe: Spiced Molasses BBQ Chicken Thighs
Add extra flavor to chicken thighs with an easy homemade glaze.
Grilled Chicken with Quick-Pickled Squash Salad
Recipe: Grilled Chicken with Quick-Pickled Squash Salad
Sprinkle with whatever fresh herbs you have on hand before serving.
Grilled Chicken Tacos
Recipe: Grilled Chicken Tacos
An orange juice-based marinade keeps chicken tender and full of flavor.
Brined Grilled Chicken with Dipping Sauces
Recipe: Brined Grilled Chicken with Dipping Sauces
Condiment lovers will rejoice when they're served three different dipping sauce options.
Grilled Creole Chicken and Okra
Recipe: Grilled Creole Chicken and Okra
Omit the hot sauce if you don't want the extra heat.
Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Strawberry Salsa
Recipe: Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Strawberry Salsa
Make sure to allow 30 minutes, or longer, for chicken to soak in the marinade.
Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Arugula Pesto
Recipe: Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Arugula Pesto
These flavor-packed kebabs will be on the table in just 30 minutes.
Pan-Grilled Chicken with Fresh Plum Salsa
Recipe: Pan-Grilled Chicken with Fresh Plum Salsa
A sweet and spicy dish that's ready in just 26 minutes.
Buttermilk-and-Honey Chicken Kabobs
Recipe: Buttermilk-and-Honey Chicken Kabobs
We've found another use for that buttermilk in your fridge.
Grilled Chicken-and-Veggie Tortellini
Recipe: Grilled Chicken-and-Veggie Tortellini
This complete meal comes together quickly with help from frozen tortellini and store-bought pesto.
Sweet Tea-Brined Chicken
Recipe: Sweet Tea-Brined Chicken
Sweet tea has become an iconic Southern flavor for pound cakes, ice cream, and even fried chicken. In this recipe, we brined pieces of chicken in the elixir before grilling to impart subtle sweetness and moisture.
Buttermilk-Brined Grilled Chicken
Buttermilk-Brined Grilled Chicken is soaked in a mixture of buttermilk, brown sugar, and hot sauce to ensure flavor and juiciness.
Grilled Chicken With White Barbecue Sauce
Chicken thighs are seasoned with rub of dried thyme, oregano, cumin, and paprika. The versatile white sauce received our highest rating and is also good as a condiment for burgers.
Recipe: Lemonade Chicken
This is one of our throwback recipes from our Recipe Revival cookbook. (Who doesn’t like revisiting favorite recipes from the past?) Frozen lemonade concentrate became available in the 1950s, and promptly began to sneak its way into recipes both sweet and savory. Here, it teams up with soy sauce for a quick baste for grilled chicken. If you’d prefer, try this recipe with frozen orange juice concentrate, or with limeade. Serve with lemon (or orange or lime) slices for a garnish. This chicken makes a lovely weeknight dinner with a side of broccoli and white rice.
Grilled Chicken and Toasted Couscous Salad with Lemon-Buttermilk Dressing
This hearty dish can take down the biggest of appetites. It begins with tender chicken marinated in olive oil, garlic, and lemon, which is then added to a tasty medley of fresh asparagus, couscous, and red onions. All of that is covered in a rich, lemony buttermilk dressing.
Grilled Salt-and-Pepper Chicken Wings
Broiler option: Broil on a foil-lined jelly-roll pan 8 inches from heat 20 minutes or until done, turning halfway through. Amp up the flavor with one of our tasty drizzle recipes.Honey Drizzle Recipes Recipe: Cider Vinegar-Brown Butter Honey Drizzle Recipe: Horseradish-Honey Mustard Drizzle Recipe: Cracked Pepper-Rosemary Honey Drizzle Recipe: Chili-Lemon Honey Drizzle
Recipe: 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. Feel free to sub orange juice for tequila and lemons or oranges for limes, and be sure to grill extra citrus for a pretty and functional garnish.
Grilled Chicken-Asparagus Salad
Recipe: Grilled Chicken-Asparagus Salad
This hearty salad is brightened up with mint, lemon juice, and fresh dill.
Top-Shelf Chicken Under a Brick
Recipe: Top-Shelf Chicken Under a Brick
The "top-shelf" in this recipe speaks to the crispy skin, superior flavor, and juiciness of the bird. It also refers to a novel new technique: cooking potatoes in the heavy cast-iron skillet that's used as a weight on the chicken. The weight presses the chicken flat against the grill grates, cutting the cooking time in half. Plus you'll be cooking your side dish at the same time.
Tomato-Orange Marmalade Chicken
Recipe: Tomato-Orange Marmalade Chicken
If you'd like the tomatoes to have a saucier consistency, once you've added the remaining tomatoes in Step 3, cover and simmer over low heat for up to 10 minutes.
Ginger "Beer Can" Chicken
Smoky Chicken Panini with Basil Mayo
Smoky Gouda cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and baby spinach join grilled chicken breasts in this panini that's slathered with fresh Basil Mayo.
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.
Grilled Chicken With Corn and Slaw
For a complete meal ready in 30 minutes, grill corn and chicken breasts brushed with a simple mayonnaise-based spread. While the corn and chicken cook, mix a simple oil-and-vinegar dressing with coleslaw mix. Viola, supper! Dice leftover grilled chicken, and then combine with leftover slaw for a tasty lunch.
Recipe: Chili-Barbecued Chicken
This tender grilled chicken recipe gets its smoky flavor from wood chips and spicy-heat from a vinegar-based red sauce.
Grilled Chicken Chipotle
Recipe: Grilled Chipotle Chicken
Ditch your plain grilled chicken for a zesty, perfectly spiced dinner instead. Grilled Chipotle Chicken delivers a smoky heat flavor with a touch of sweetness. Try Mexcian oregano for an extra zing.
Grilled Spicy Cilantro Chicken
Recipe: Grilled Spicy Cilantro Chicken
This chicken dish—ready in 35 minutes—gets its kick from cilantro, jalapeño peppers, and black pepper.
Grilled Chicken and Garden Salsa
Recipe: Grilled Chicken and Garden Salsa
Save time by buying pre-chopped veggies. Wrap them in foil, and grill as directed.
Grilled Chicken Tacos
Recipe: Grilled Chicken Tacos
Spice up taco night with these quick tacos. Jazz up ordinary salsa with mango, cilantro, and hot sauce, and serve a side of refried black beans for an easy weeknight meal.
Grilled Chicken and New Potatoes
Recipe: Grilled Chicken and New Potatoes
This updated and healthier take on classic chicken fingers is a fuss-free dinner! Use a foil packet as a cooking vessel for the leeks and potatoes (or any vegetable).
Spicy Honey-Lime Grilled Drumsticks
Recipe: Spicy Honey-Lime Grilled Drumsticks
The citrus and spice in these chicken drumsticks are sure to win over any crowd. You can make the sauce ahead of time for easier tailgate prep.
Honey Barbecue Chicken
Recipe: Honey Barbecue Chicken
Try this classic barbecue chicken recipe with bone-in chicken breasts and drumsticks. You'll most likely have all the ingredients for the barbecue sauce on hand.
Honey-Lime Grilled Chicken
Recipe: Honey-Lime Grilled Chicken
A simple marinade of honey, soy sauce, and lime juice is all you need for this delicious grilled chicken. Serve with coleslaw and sautéed squash for a complete summertime meal.
Orange-Ginger 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
Cuban Mojo Chicken With Mandarin-Black Bean Salad
Serve Cuban Mojo Chicken on a bed of steamed green beans. Chopped fresh mint adds a surprising burst of flavor.
Rosemary Grilled Chicken Thighs
Grilled Chicken Salad with Raspberry-Tarragon Dressing
Dress up a bottle of raspberry vinaigrette with fresh tarragon and green onions. It's perfect drizzled over a salad of grilled chicken, cantaloupe, blackberries, and Gorgonzola cheese.