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

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 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.

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. 

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 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).

Smoky Grilled Chicken with Sweet Vinegar Sauce

A salty-sweet vinegar sauce is brushed over this spice-rubbed chicken as it comes off the grill for next-level flavor.

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.

Green-Chile Chicken Burgers

This lean burger gets plenty of flavor and juiciness from canned green chiles and fresh cilantro. Finish with sour cream for a creamy spread with a little extra tang.

Barbecued Chicken Wings

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

Chicken Satay Skewers

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

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.

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-Chicken-and-Zucchini Salad
A quick marinade in garlicky, dill-flecked yogurt before grilling turns chicken cutlets super flavorful in this chicken and zucchini salad. They're served at dinner alongside an even faster-to-make romaine-and-radish salad, plus flame-kissed planks of zucchini brightened with lemon zest.
Chicken-Teriyaki Noodle Bowls

Instead of takeout, take 30 minutes to get an Asian-style noodle dish on the table. This bowl is made with the stellar combination of grilled chicken and eggplant, edamame and udon noodles. A savory soy-vinegar sauce does double duty as marinade for the chicken and sauce for the noodles.