Grilled chicken is a dinnertime staple for a reason—it’s versatile, beloved by many, and quick to make! We collected a handful of our favorite simple grilled chicken recipes, from chicken rice bowls to street tacos and beyond. Consider this your cheat sheet for breaking out of your grilled chicken rut!
Grilled chicken breasts often turn out dry and bland. Once Upon a Chef’s technique for perfectly grilled chicken includes tenderizing with a mallet to ensure even cooking, marinating the chicken in olive oil and lemon zest for at least four hours, and cooking over very high heat. This chicken is equally great atop salads, in sandwiches, or as a stand-alone entrée!
In this recipe from Cafe Delites, cooks can save time by using the same mixture to marinate the chicken and dress the salad! Consider topping this dish with crumbled feta or goat cheese to add some tang.
This simple take on street tacos from Cooking Classy calls for marinating chicken in a cilantro-lime mixture, which helps the chicken meld seamlessly with the other taco ingredients. Chop your toppings in advance and serve this dinner taco-bar style. You can add other ingredient options too, like sweet corn and sliced jalapeños!
Two kinds of citrus—orange and lemon—help tenderize and flavor the grilled chicken in this recipe from SkinnyTaste. To get restaurant-style slices of chicken to top your salad, let the chicken rest for about 30 minutes after coming off the grill, then employ your sharpest knife and cut with the grain of the chicken breast.
Weeknight dinner alert! This recipe from EatingWell comes together in just 30 minutes. Although the only fresh herb called for is dill, we recommend adding others from your garden, like parsley, mint, or chives.