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 Chicken Breasts with BBQ Sauce

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 Spatchcocked Chicken

Rating: 3.38 stars
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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.

Tandoori-Spiced Grilled Chicken

An Indian-inspired entrée that will give you a newfound love for chicken halves. They take on the same juiciness and smoky flavor as a whole or spatchcocked bird, but are much easier to move around the grill. A spiced yogurt marinade tenderizes without turning the meat mushy, so you can slather it on well in advance.

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.

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. 
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Grilled Whole Chicken with Barbecue Sauce

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

Grilled Buttermilk Chicken

Rating: 3.13 stars
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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).

Cashew-Chicken Kebabs

To make the sauce for these Thai-inspired kebabs, simply pulse cashews and curry paste together with water. Consider using other nuts, too, like peanuts or almonds for future dinners.

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.

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.
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Garlic-Marinated Chicken Cutlets with Grilled Potatoes

Rating: 3.47 stars
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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.
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Inspiration and Ideas

BBQ Chicken Tenders

Rating: Unrated
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Barbecue sauces range from mild and sweet to fiery hot. For this recipe, a mild variety works best. Try these with our savory Corn Fritters.

Yogurt-Marinated Lamb and Chicken Skewers

The lamb and chicken can be marinated up to one day in advance and refrigerated. Remove from the fridge one hour before grilling.