Grilled chicken is a dinnertime staple for a reason—it’s versatile, beloved by many, and quick to make! We collected a wide assortment 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 with Blueberry BBQ Sauce
Nothing says summer like fresh berries. That’s why we’re offering a new way to turn up the heat on your grilling game with this Goodtaste recipe that features a rich, tangy barbecue sauce made with—you guessed it—blueberries! Brush the sauce on your favorite cut of chicken while it’s on the grill, then watch as it caramelizes into a dramatic, deep purple tint. Don’t be intimidated by a recipe that calls for a whole bird. Breaking down a chicken is actually easier than it seems, or you can go with your favorite chicken parts already butchered for you.
Green Goddess Chicken Thighs
Everything is better with green goddess sauce! In this delicious recipe from Bon Appétit, the green goddess sauce is used as a marinade for chicken thighs before you put them on the grill. Puncture the chicken with a sharp knife to make sure the marinade soaks all the way through. And don’t forget to add more sauce to finish the dish before serving. You won’t want to skip the anchovies—they’re the umami bomb that really makes this dish sing.
Grilled Chicken Kebabs
This recipe from Delish puts a fresh spin on your backyard barbecue. The chicken is grilled on skewers with bok choy and scallions, then glazed with a hoisin barbecue sauce. Making the glaze is easy: Just whisk together the ingredients and it’s ready—no cooking required! Serve with steamed rice or grilled corn for an easy summer meal.
Grilled Chicken with Coconut Rice and Chile-Lime Sauce
Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, this grilled chicken is served with an irresistible coconut rice. In this Food & Wine recipe, it’s all about the marinade. Use full-fat coconut milk; you’ll skim the cream to make the marinade and use the remaining milk to infuse the rice with rich flavor. Baste your chicken with more marinade on the grill to get the skin extra crispy—the sugars in the marinade caramelize while the skin cooks and trap moisture and flavor in each bite.
Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu
Impress your guests at your next gathering with this fresh twist on a classic from Bobby Flay for Food Network. This grilled chicken dish feels fancy, but it’s actually a cinch to make. When it comes to the cheese, go with the good stuff—we like Red Hawk Triple Cream. For an extra-special touch, crisp your prosciutto before serving.
The Best Grilled Chicken
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!
Grilled Lemon-Herb Mediterranean Chicken Salad
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.
Grilled Chicken Street Tacos
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!
Grilled Chicken, Strawberry, and Avocado Salad with Citrus Dressing
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.
Cauliflower Rice Bowls with Grilled Chicken
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.
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