43 Summer Chicken Recipes the Whole Crowd Will Love
Nothing will turn around a hungry crowd like a hearty chicken dinner, and summertime might just be when the crowd gets hungriest—between the pool days, bike rides, and general fanfare. Whether just feeding your family or hosting a big barbecue, you're going to be able to find more than a few reasons to serve up these summer chicken recipes all season long. For a weeknight supper, try one of our easy sheet pan recipes or quick chicken breast recipes on for size. And for an outdoor occasion, pick between our chicken kebab recipes, grilled chicken recipes, or crowd-pleasing chicken wing recipes. We’ve rounded up all of our best-ever chicken recipes for hot summer days—so sit back, pour yourself a glass of iced tea, and enjoy.
Grilled Chicken Thighs with Alabama White Sauce
Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Strawberry Salsa
This grilled chicken is ready to take on summer with its tangy salsa made with strawberries, radishes, and avocados.
BBQ Rub Roasted Chickens with Potatoes and Carrots
When everyone and their mama is hanging around this summer, give this sheet pan supper a chance. It'll feed the crowd easily.
Southwest Chicken Tortillas
Recipe: Southwest Chicken Tortillas
Don't worry—we've got Taco Tuesday handled all summer long.
Braised Chicken Thighs with Slow-Cooked Marinara
Say hello to the best use of your slow cooker and less-than-perfect tomatoes this summer.
Sheet Pan Greek Chicken with Roasted Potatoes
This sheet pan recipe has got major personality. Two spice rack staples—cinnamon and nutmeg—give wonderful depth of flavor.
Lemon-Herb Chicken Kebabs
Recipe: Lemon-Herb Chicken Kebabs
Just look at that char, folks. Tip: Chicken thighs won't dry out as quickly on the grill.
Grilled Pizza with Summer Veggies and Smoked Chicken
This recipe is a tasty way to use your grill this summer. Top your pizzas with smoked chicken and summer veggies.
Brined Grilled Chicken with Dipping Sauces
The secret's all in the brine, made with herbs, garlic, brown sugar, and chiles. And the trio of sauces means plenty of delicious dipping opportunities.
Crunchy Chicken-Peanut Chopped Salad
Consider this recipe as a fresh spin on the much-loved Asian-flavored coleslaw—but made even heartier with deli-fried chicken tenders.
Chicken Caprese Pasta
Recipe: Chicken Caprese Pasta
In just 20 minutes, you can dress up simple pasta with shredded chicken, blistered tomatoes, pesto sauce, and torn chunks of mozzerella.
Buttermilk Chicken Tenders with Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans
Skip the fast food drive-thru—because this homemade recipe is so much better.
Buttermilk-Hot Sauce Brined Chicken
Our secret for turning out extra-moist grilled chicken? An overnight soak in a hot sauce-laced buttermilk marinade.
Lighter Pan-Fried Chicken with Green Beans and Tomatoes
Meet your lightened-up summer fried chicken. This crispy, golden chicken is done with a quick pan-fry rather than a deep fry, making it slightly less heavy than the traditional fried stuff.
Farmers' Market Pasta Salad
Recipe: Farmers’ Market Pasta Salad
Let your imagination run wild with this pasta salad. Everything from your farmers' market haul is fair game.
Grilled Creole Chicken and Okra
Recipe: Grilled Creole Chicken and Okra
You won't beat this charred Creole dish. Chicken thighs, andouille sausage, and a parade of fresh summer veggies come together for a top-notch dinner.
Chicken Biscuit Sandwiches
Sweet-and-Spicy Sheet Pan Chicken with Cauliflower and Carrots
This might be the best weeknight supper for summer. The 30-minute sheet pan recipe has a lot of tasty things going on.
Greek Chicken Salad Wedges
Recipe: Greek Chicken Salad Wedges
Make your summer work lunch feel fabulously fresh.
Oven-Baked Barbecue Chicken
Recipe: Oven-Baked Barbecue Chicken
Nothing says summer like barbecue chicken, and these sweet and sticky chicken drumsticks can be made in the oven.
One-Pan Chicken with Lemon, Olives, and Artichokes
The whole family will love the bold flavors of this Mediterranean-inspired dish.
Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
Recipe: Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
This traditional Creole dish will feed a hungry table worn out from fun summer activities.
Chicken Thighs and BBQ Beans
Recipe: Chicken Thighs and BBQ Beans
It doesn't get better than these barbecue beans with tender chicken thighs.
Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts
Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts
This no-fuss, kid-friendly meal will be your best friend whenever you need a quick family meal.
Oven-Fried Chicken Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
This might be the only salad we want to eat as a dinner main this summer. The oven-baked pecan-and-panko crusted chicken tenders taste like fried chicken—but with much less grease and mess.
Creamy Chicken and Bacon with Herbed Puff Pastry
This new (and easy!) deconstructed take on chicken pot pie will be a fast family favorite.
Dry-Rubbed Smoked Chicken Wings
Recipe: Dry-Rubbed Smoked Chicken Wings
For these wings, the secret doesn't lie in the sauce. It's all in the dry rub.
Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Arugula Pesto
A simple pesto is the perfect accessory for chicken breast, zucchini, yellow squash, and Vidalia onion kebabs.
Tropical Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Recipe: Tropical Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Because everyone needs a no-cook summer lunch staple, and this chicken salad with a tropical twist feels more than worthy.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Collards Pilau
This one-pot wonder is packed with chicken, sausage, quick-cooking rice, and collards.
Sheet Pan Chicken with Dressing
Recipe: Sheet Pan Chicken with Dressing
The best part of this sheet pan supper: The addition of crusty, toasty chunks of cornbread.
Kickin' Orange-Glazed Chicken
Recipe: Kickin’ Orange-Glazed Chicken
Sweet and spicy, this recipe is the easiest upgrade of your everyday chicken. Dijon mustard, orange marmalade, and red pepper flakes make a well-balanced trio.
Recipe: Whole-Grain Panzanella
Juicy summer tomatoes are the stars of this main dish salad.
Chicken Niçoise Salad
Recipe: Chicken Niçoise Salad
This weeknight dinner makes delicious leftovers for a brown bag lunch at work, too.
Skillet Chicken with Beans and Greens
We recommend adding a dash or two of hot pepper vinegar right before you dig in. The tang and heat of the Southern pantry staple makes the dish really sing.
Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups
Recipes: Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups
Everyone loves a cold salad during the summer, and you can make it even healthier by skipping the bread for lettuce cups.
Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss
Recipe: Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss
Simple and fresh, this salad makes the most of your prettiest summer tomatoes. Serve with crusty French bread.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Squash Casserole
This recipe will be your favorite summer slow-cooker recipe, hands down.
Recipe: Chicken Stir-Fry
This stir-fry only takes ten minutes. Customize it with your most loved summer veggies.
Braised Chicken Thighs with Carrots and Lemons
Sweet carrots and tangy lemons take simple braised chicken to tasty new heights.
Smoked Chicken Pizza with White Barbecue Sauce
Recipe: Smoked Chicken Pizza
We gave homemade pizza a Southern barbecue twist with smoked chicken and Alabama white sauce.
Cast-Iron Chicken Piccata
Recipe: Cast-Iron Chicken Piccata
This quick and easy chicken piccata recipe is a summer hostess' secret weapon.
Double-Crust Chicken Pot Pies
Recipe: Double-Crust Chicken Pot Pies
There's no season that doesn't deserve at least one appearance of chicken pot pie. These individual pies will be a surefire hit.