50 Grilled Chicken Recipes Worth Firing Up the Coals For
Chicken is one of the easiest things to cook for dinner, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick with the same old sautéed breast every time (bor-ing). One way to break out of your comfort zone? Fire up the grill and make these 50 grilled chicken recipes, all of which are fast, flavorful and couldn’t be easier.
1. Grilled Curried Chicken Thighs
It’s maximum flavor and minimal effort. The secret technique? Basting with an irresistible, five-ingredient curry sauce.
2. Grilled Jerk Chicken Cutlets with Mango Salsa
The cinnamon and spicy cayenne flavors in jerk seasoning pair magically with juicy, zesty mango, and the whole thing is ready in 35 minutes.
3. Pasta Florentine with Grilled Chicken
Charring your chicken breasts for ten minutes on the grill adds a little je ne sais quoi to this classic French dish.
4. Grilled Lemon-Herb Chicken and Avocado Salad
Everyone knows the real star of a salad isn’t the lettuce, it’s the toppings. This one has plenty.
6. Grilled Sticky Honey-Sriracha Drumsticks with Slaw
As much as we love a boneless, skinless breast, it’s nice to switch things up. These babies have a sticky spicy glaze we can’t refuse.
7. Crispy Grilled Chicken
They’re just as crispy and satisfying as a bucket of fried chicken, but a whole lot healthier.
8. The Ultimate Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Once you put frizzled onions on a sandwich, you’ll never settle for lettuce and tomato again.
9. Honey Lime Chicken and Veggies in Foil
Each portion of this dish cooks inside a little foil packet that you place directly on the grill. Once everything’s cooked, just discard the foil.
10. Grilled Peach, Chicken and Ricotta Pizza
We’ll eat pretty much any kind of pizza, but this savory-sweet combination might take the cake.
11. Grilled Pesto Chicken Couscous Bowls
Any grain would work as the base for these bowls, but we like couscous since it cooks in about five minutes.
12. Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki Sauce
Close your eyes, take a bite and it’s almost like you’re eating dinner alfresco in Santorini.
13. Chicken Kebabs with Garlic Lemon Yogurt
Don’t skip the cherry tomatoes, dipping sauce and mint—they come together while the chicken is marinating and round out the dish.
14. Five-Ingredient Lemon Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken Breasts
Marinating the chicken in yogurt ensures it stays tender and juicy (which is important when grilling lean white-meat breasts).
15. Grilled Buffalo Chicken Wings
Sure, you could set up a deep-fryer situation on your stove…or you could take things to the grill and eliminate the mess entirely.
16. Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps
The contrast between cool lettuce and charred chicken makes it worth lighting up the grill. Use iceberg for the crispiest crunch.
17. Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
The spicy dipping sauce is as easy to make as tossing everything in a blender, and the skewers cook in all of ten minutes’ time.
18. Summer Chipotle Chicken Cobb Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette
While in-season strawberries and fresh corn are hard to beat, you could easily adapt the ingredients to make this in any season. (Fall apples, anyone?)
19. Easy Harissa Chicken
Harissa is a North African red pepper paste that adds depth to this otherwise simple dish. You can use store-bought, but it’s easy to make at home.
20. Grilled Chicken, Burst Tomato and Artichoke Skewers with Goat Cheese Dip
The charred lemons aren’t necessarily for eating, but don’t skip ’em. They steam up as they hit the grill, infusing everything with bright citrusy flavor.
21. Grilled Chili Honey Lime Chicken and Sweet Potatoes with Avocado Salsa
When you simply can’t be bothered with turning on the oven, make this instead. Every element gets cooked on the grill (except the rice, of course).
22. BLT Salad with Grilled Chicken, Sweet Corn and Avocado
We’ve yet to meet a sandwich we love more than a BLT, so it makes sense to turn it into a salad. Add chicken, corn and avocado and you’ve got yourself a gourmet meal.
23. Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Avocado Salsa
The sweetness of the pineapple is just the thing to offset all that smoky, peppery chicken.
24. Grilled Chicken with Chipotle-Whiskey Barbecue Sauce
We can’t talk about grilled chicken without talking about a barbecue. The whiskey adds a hint of sweetness to the homemade sauce, and while it’s optional, it’s so worth it.
25. Mediterranean Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Olive Tapenade
With flavor bombs like balsamic vinegar, mustard and olives, you don’t need anything else to dress up your dinner.
26. Easy Grilled Chicken
Why’s it so easy? Because you basically just toss everything in a bag to marinate, then transfer it to the grill.
27. Spicy Maple Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Smoky Bacon Corn
Corn on a sandwich? Why didn’t we think of this earlier?
28. Grilled Sesame Chicken Skewers with Ginger-Scallion Rice
Set aside an hour to marinade the skewers for the most flavorful results. Everything else cooks in about 20 minutes.
29. Seriously Good Sweet Potato Cheddar Barbecue Chicken Burgers
News flash: Grilled chicken isn’t limited to breasts or thighs. These burgers are just as irresistible as any beef version.
30. Tandoori Chicken Bowls
Tandoori chicken is a popular Indian dish traditionally cooked in a clay tandoor oven. But you don’t need a tandoor to make this version, just your trusty grill.
31. Grilled Chicken Panzanella
You had us at panzanella, a bread salad that’s an excuse to make the croutons the star of the show.
32. Grilled Chicken Tacos with Key Lime Slaw
The longer you let the chicken sit in the lime-cumin marinade, the better it will taste.
33. Grilled Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
Chicken alfredo is great, but it could use a modern makeover. The smokiness of the chicken adds just the right amount of interest (without a ton of effort).
34. Grilled Chicken Fajitas
A sizzling pan of fajitas, while exciting, is probably better left to the pros. Take things to the grill for a quicker (and less hazardous) dinner.
35. Grilled Barbecue Chicken Pizza
No pizza stone? No problem. Even if you use store-bought dough, your pie will still rival the best wood-fired rendition.
36. Grilled Chicken Caesar Avocado Salad
How to update a classic? Cook your protein over coals.
37. Three-Ingredient Grilled Chicken
If you have soy sauce, honey and a few cloves of garlic in your kitchen, you’re already halfway there.
38. Curry Grilled Yogurt Chicken with Light Pickled Salad
Any leftovers of this cruciferous veggie salad will taste even better as they sit in the fridge…if you have leftovers, that is.
40. Lebanese Chicken with Charred Lemon Cauliflower
Inspired by Shish Tawook, Lebanese grilled chicken skewers, this is as tasty as street food but just a bit healthier.
41. Grilled Pesto Chicken Skewers
We love a caprese salad as much as the next person, but we wish they were a little more filling. Enter these skewers, which have caprese vibes but won’t leave us wanting more.
42. Grilled Chile Chicken Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa
While the chicken cooks, toss the tomatillos, onions and jalapeño on the grill to char and soften. All you have to do next is give them a whirl in the blender.
43. Chicken Harvest Salad
This is exactly what we picture when we think “dinner salad,” and also the easiest way to sneak in some extra kale.
44. Family-Style Piri-Piri Chicken with Grilled Lemon, Braised Kale and Crispy Smashed Potatoes
Piri-piri is an ultra-spicy sauce that has roots in Africa and Portugal. It’s also what makes this whole grilled chicken so irresistible.
45. Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Salad
Finally, a way to serve pasta salad as the main course.
46. Asian Chicken Chopped Salad
Skip the bagged chopped salad and make this simple version at home. You have a chef’s knife, right?
47. Grilled Adobo Chicken Burgers
They go from grill to table in ten minutes and, in case you were wondering, they’re also gluten-free.
48. Grilled Chicken Breasts with Chive Herb Butter
We’ll share a secret: Compound butter is the easiest way to make a meal feel fancy. This one has chives, but you could use garlic too.
49. Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken
Ah, the magic of honey and crushed red pepper flakes. Put this one in your back pocket to make on repeat.
50. Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders
You’re never too old for chicken tenders. Throw them on the grill and they’re officially “adult.”