Our Greatest Grilled Chicken Recipes
It's not a surprise that these chicken recipes are some of our most popular. After all, chicken is America's favorite protein—each of us eats their way through a whopping 93 pounds of chicken every year, according to the National Chicken Council. If you're one of those home cooks who cycle through chicken dinners every weeknight in the summertime, this collection of recipes is perfect for you. Our very best grilled chicken dishes are full of winners that come together in a few straightforward steps; some can be prepped in advance.
Why do we love grilling? It's fast, flavorful, and it gets us outdoors at the end of a long day. Sometimes we marinate chicken, like in our classic grilled marinated chicken recipe. Creating a marinade for is easy: from vinaigrettes to something simple as buttermilk, a marinade will deepen the flavor of any chicken breast on the grill.
Sure, chicken breasts are delicious grilled, but so are other cuts of the bird. We're particular fans of the chicken thigh, which is an economical choice for a big crowd. And who doesn't love the chicken wing? Wings make for a delicious start to a barbecue feast. Also, don't be afraid to cook a whole chicken on the grill. One of our tried-and-tested recipes is our grilled whole chicken with barbecue sauce which cooks on a sheet pan in just an hour over low heat. It's a definite crowd pleaser. Finally, don't miss the chicken skewer and kebab recipes, an extra quick way to cook chicken and a wonderful way to mix up flavors, add vegetables to the mix, and just plain have fun with grilling.
Grilled Marinated Chicken Thighs
What's different about this recipe? The chicken is marinated in a simple mix of herbs, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil after it's grilled. The chicken thighs can be served on their own or sandwiched like a burger or chopped and added to salads or pasta dishes.
A quick marinade in garlicky, dill-flecked yogurt before grilling results in super moist and flavorful chicken cutlets. They're served with a fast romaine-and-radish salad and planks of zucchini.
Chicken thighs are brushed with a mixture of red curry paste and ground cashews for these Thai-inspired skewers. They're grilled and served over a quick and refreshing rice noodle salad.
Smoky Grilled Chicken with Sweet Vinegar Sauce
A perfect combination of salty richness and tart sweetness, this chicken is brushed with a robust vinegar sauce before it hits the grill. Afterward, you'll serve the extras as a side of dipping sauce that'll have your guests asking for more.
Grilled Chicken with Mango and Mint-Lime Dressing
Lime juice, garlic, and fresh mint come together in a lively dual-purpose dressing here. Half is used to marinate the chicken breasts, while the other half is tossed together with watercress, mango, and charred radishes for the salad.
Grilled Buttermilk Chicken
For a grilled chicken that's moist, tender, and full of flavor, marinate it in tangy buttermilk, garlic, and fresh rosemary or thyme. Imbue the chicken with more seductive aromas by grilling orange segments and rosemary sprigs at the same time.
Thai Grilled-Chicken Baguettes
Grilled Whole Chicken with Barbecue Sauce
The secret to grilling a whole chicken perfectly is patience! Set up your grill for indirect heat and cook the chicken for an hour and a half, brushing with homemade or purchased barbecue sauce during the last 15 minutes of grilling.
The smoky marinade does double duty in this chicken cutlet dinner; it's brushed on the chicken before grilling and used to dress the salad. And that salad is a winner, too, made with cherry tomatoes, grilled corn, avocado, and lettuce.
No more guessing if bone-in chicken is cooked when it has been brine boiled prior to grilling. This technique ensures the meat grills evenly and doesn't dry out.
Grilled Chicken with Lemon and Oregano
Savor the sunny flavors of the Mediterranean when you marinate halved chickens in chopped fresh oregano, lemon zest, and freshly squeezed lemon juice. To achieve perfectly grilled chicken, cook it over medium heat and move to a cooler part of the grill if the outside is browning too quickly.
Green-Chile Chicken Burgers
Forget what you knew about chicken burgers! These sprightly sandwiches are that good. Lean ground chicken is amped up with canned green chiles and fresh cilantro for a moist, flavorful patty served with fixings on a sesame bun.