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
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. 

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
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.

Garlic-Marinated Chicken Cutlets with Grilled Potatoes

Rating: 3.47 stars
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.

Inspiration and Ideas

BBQ Chicken Tenders

Rating: Unrated
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.