Grilled Chicken Recipes

Grilled chicken recipes are both quick and a very versatile method for cooking chicken parts, bone-in or boneless, thighs and wings, skewered or flattened, brined or spiced -- truly the possibilities are endless. Follow our test kitchen experts tips and step-by-step guides to make sure your grilled chicken is cooked correctly.

Staff Picks

Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken

Rating: 3.5 stars 111
Spatchcocking (or butterflying) lets you grill a whole bird, because it enables you to cook the meat evenly. If your grill is big enough, double the recipe. Leftovers are delicious over salad.

Grilled Chicken Breasts with BBQ Sauce

Rating: 3.5 stars 89
For this all-American classic that's great for lunch or dinner, use a great homemade sauce and pick your method: Slow-cook a whole bird for the juiciest results or grill smaller pieces for a fast meal.

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Charred Corn and Summer Squash

After a quick turn on the grill, these flame-kissed boneless thighs get tossed with a minty lemon dressing. Corn and zucchini are next up on the grates—and when you platter everything up with the meat on top, the sauce dresses everything. 

Grilled Whole Chicken with Barbecue Sauce

Rating: 3 stars 68
For this all-American classic, use a great homemade sauce and slow-cook a whole bird for the juiciest results.

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lemon-Thyme Sauce

This winning technique for grilled chicken pecks out any dry—or bland—results. A few juicy secrets: Choose small cuts, and pound them flat so they cook quickly and evenly. Then, for maximum flavor without flare-ups, finish with a robust sauce like this lemon-thyme number.

Grilled Buttermilk Chicken

Rating: 3 stars 276
A soak in herb-laced buttermilk imparts a slight tang to this chicken while tenderizing the meat. The key to grilling chicken is to create two heat zones: one for high, direct heat (over the coals) and one for low, indirect heat (away from the coals).

Teriyaki-Glazed Grilled Chicken

Take grilled chicken breasts in a tasty, direction with this clever recipe: the chicken is pounded so it cooks quickly and evenly, then a tangy homemade hoisin-teriyaki glaze goes on in the last few minutes of cooking to create a delicious char

Saffron-Yogurt Chicken Kebabs

A easy, rich Greek yogurt-based marinade is the key to these juicy flame-kissed chicken skewers that you can grill for a quick dinner.

Garlic-Marinated Chicken Cutlets with Grilled Potatoes

Rating: 3.5 stars 131
Serve this Garlic-Marinated Chicken Cutlets with Grilled Potatoes for your next dinner. It's a family-style choice on a big platter, perfect for the next time you're feeding a crowd.

Chicken Satay Skewers

Rating: 3 stars 267
Celebrate warmer breezes by sharing a tropical combo: Thai-inspired chicken skewers and a Pineapple-Rum Cocktail.

Barbecued Chicken Wings

Rating: 4 stars 4
For an All-American cookout, be sure to put some chicken wings on the grill.

Barbecue Chicken

The juiciest chicken on the grill starts with bone-in, skin-on pieces. Ask your butcher to cut up a whole chicken or watch our helpful video here. Then dry-brine the chicken with a simple salt-and-pepper rub and let stand; prepare your sauce and get your grill going while you wait.

Inspiration and Ideas

Our 25 Greatest Grilled Chicken Recipes
Explore the many ways to prepare this dinnertime favorite on the grill. Our recipes include buttermilk-marinated chicken pieces, whole chickens basted in homemade barbecue sauce, and so much more.
Grilled Spatchcock Chicken with Dijon and Rosemary
For succulent chicken in a snap, spread your wings. This method, known as spatchcocking, butterflies the bird by removing the backbone (an easy job for kitchen shears). Spatchcocking ensures the chicken will grill evenly, absorbs subtle smokiness, and achieves a crispy, golden-brown sear. Slather on our Dijon-rosemary marinade before it hits the flames, and let the flavors soar.
California Cobb Salad
Rating: 3.5 stars 45

Created at Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood, this bulked up California Cobb salad is a flavorful and satisfying iteration of the classic dish.