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53 Summer Chicken Recipes That Never Get Old

Steak is a treat, pork chops are fine and we’ll never say no to a burger. But if we’re being honest, all we really want for dinner is chicken—especially since it pairs so well with the bounty of fresh summer produce that will soon be taking over our fridge. From crowd-pleasing sandwiches to easy marinated kebabs, here are 53 summer chicken recipes to eat for lunch, dinner and beyond.

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1. Chicken Kebabs With Garlic Lemon Yogurt

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, less than 500 calories, high protein

With so few ingredients, you’d be surprised at how flavorful this recipe really is. It’s all thanks to baharat, a Middle Eastern spice blend used in the chicken's marinade.

2. Grilled Curried Chicken Thighs

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: high protein, low sugar, beginner-friendly

We found the secret to maximizing flavor on the grill, and it’s all in the baste. Here, it’s with a savory blend of curried coconut milk that also creates a crackly-brown crust.

3. Barbecue Pineapple Chicken Kebabs

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours, 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly

Sticky, spicy-sweet chicken begs to be devoured outdoors. And these brown up right on the grill, so you’ll get to cook and eat in the yard. All you need now is a cold drink. (Might we suggest rosé?)

4. Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 7 hours, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, slow cooker recipe, crowd-pleaser

Barbecue sammies without touching an oven or grill? Genius. This one is proof that your trusty slow cooker can—and should—be used year-round. This will take seven hours to get fork-tender, so set it and forget it a morning or day ahead.

5. Basil Chicken Saltimbocca With Marinated Tomatoes And Burrata

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: less than 500 calories, special occasion–worthy

Pan-fried, prosciutto-wrapped cutlets get the special treatment with a marinated tomato and basil topping. And if that doesn’t have you drooling already, there’s also burrata.

6. Grilled Barbecue Chicken Pizza

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, kid-friendly, <10 ingredients

Your grill’s latest masterpiece is a thin, crispy pie. Corn, cherry tomatoes and a heaping of cilantro? CPK’s got nothing on you. (Thanks, Coterie member Gaby Dalkin.)

7. Grilled Sticky Honey-sriracha Drumsticks With Slaw

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, high protein

Who said breasts and thighs had to be the stars of the show? This spicy honey-lime glaze makes a mean case for legs. Serve with basmati rice and lime wedges. Oh, and pass the napkins.

8. Pasta Florentine With Grilled Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, high protein, special occasion–worthy

With a creamy sauce and tender spinach, pasta Florentine is already great. But when you add smoky grilled chicken, it’s transported to another level.

9. Grilled Jerk Chicken Cutlets With Mango Salsa

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, high protein, less than 500 calories

A fruity, sweet salsa is a natural foil to the cinnamon-y, spicy jerk seasoning on the chicken. And guess what? It takes only 35 minutes from start to finish.

10. Green Bowl With Chicken, Citrus And Herbs

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Mediterranean diet–friendly, ready in <30 minutes, less than 500 calories

We heard you were meal prepping, so we got you a present: It’s this Mediterranean-ish chicken bowl, which is packed with protein to keep you full all day long. You’re welcome.

11. 30-minute Creamy Chicken, Corn And Tomato Skillet

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pan, <10 ingredients, kid-friendly, high protein

Hey there, summer's favorite produce. Head to the farmers market to pick up some fresh ears of corn and ripe cherry tomatoes. They’ll make this easy skillet meal nothing short of spectacular.

12. Chicken Tinga Tacos

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, ready in <30 minutes, low sugar, high protein

No one needs to know that you used store-bought rotisserie chicken for these. And with a host of fun toppings (avocado! onion! cotija!), they’ll be none the wiser.

13. Slow Cooker Chicken Piccata

  • Time Commitment: 5 hours, 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, slow cooker recipe, <10 ingredients

Bust out the Crock Pot for this light and zesty dinner. We should also mention that it comes together with just ten ingredients, and goes great with one-pot, 15-minute pasta limone. Out of capers? Try these substitutes.

14. Crispy Grilled Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, ready in <30 minutes, <10 ingredients

As Ina Garten would say, we’re going back to basics. The secret to the crispiest chicken ever? Mayonnaise.

15. Cheater’s Grilled Whole Chicken And Vegetables

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, high protein, low sugar

By removing the backbone (aka spatchcocking), you can flatten a whole chicken right onto those hot grill grates. Gorgeous char marks, here we come.

16. Grilled Lemon-herb Chicken And Avocado Salad

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, dairy free, gluten free

The best part of a salad is obviously the toppings, so we’re piling this one high with barley, tomatoes and a lemon-mustard dressing.

17. Skillet Roast Chicken With Peaches, Tomatoes And Red Onion

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pan, high protein, special occasion–worthy

You know it’s really summer when you’re finding an excuse to put peaches in everything. This one-hour, one-pan meal is just the ticket.

18. Roasted Chicken Thighs With Strawberry Avocado Salsa

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, beginner-friendly

When you want something quick and easy (but still satisfying), chicken thighs are your best friend. They can handle high heat without getting dry…and don’t get us started on that crispy skin.

19. Chopped Thai Chicken Salad

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, less than 500 calories, high fiber

When it’s 80 degrees and the humidity is at 100 percent, this crunchy, slaw-like chicken salad is just what dinner calls for. It’s spicy and filling without weighing you down.

20. Strawberry Spinach Salad With Chicken And Avocado

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, high fiber, gluten free

Spinach salad? Been there, done that—until you add grilled chicken and all the seasonal produce our hearts can handle.

21. Chicken Satay With Peanut Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours, 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

OK, you get it. We have a thing for skewers…but for good reason. They’re a fun, foolproof way to get golden-brown chicken at lightning speed, like with this spicy peanut satay.

22. Mexican Street Corn Chicken Bowl

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, gluten free

If your go-to chicken bowl and an elote had an incredibly delicious baby, it’d be this fresh and festive lunch. Level up by making homemade taco seasoning for the chicken.

23. Za’atar Chicken And Veggie Kabobs

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients

With its lemony vibes and Middle Eastern kick, za’atar transforms even humble chicken breasts into a midsummer dinner’s dream. Just wait until you see what it can do to grilled zucchini.

24. Herbed Chicken Salad With Mango-mustard Dressing

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, Mediterranean diet–friendly

Coterie member Aida Mollenkamp knows the way to our hearts, which is a tangy, mustard-based dressing and expertly seasoned chicken. Swoon.

25. Spiced Spatchcock Chicken With Peach Barbecue Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, beginner-friendly

You had us at “peach barbecue sauce.” And the addition of fresh mint and tarragon doesn’t hurt, either. Thanks, Coterie member Carlene Thomas.

26. Chicken Pesto Focaccia Sandwiches

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, beginner-friendly, make ahead

Craving a chicken sammie that’s not a total snooze? Swap the bun for focaccia, add some pesto and feta and voilà—you’re a chef-level sandwich-maker.

27. Weeknight Saucy Pineapple Barbecue Chicken Bowls

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser, less than 500 calories

Good news: This mouthwatering chicken isn’t just for bowls. Pile the leftovers on a bun for tomorrow’s lunch…that is, if you have leftovers.

28. Thai Zoodle Salad

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, gluten free, dairy free, crowd-pleaser

What’s more fun than filling a bowl to the brim with with impossibly crispy rainbow vegetables, chicken and a Thai-inspired peanut dressing? We’ll let you know when we think of the answer.

29. Sheet Pan Indian-spiced Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: low sugar, high protein, sheet pan recipe

Turmeric! Mustard seeds! Cumin! Nigella Lawson's recipe for warm-spiced thighs is just the dose of cozy you need after a long day. The potatoes roast right next to the chicken, so you can spend less time doing dishes and more time eating dessert.

30. Potato Chip ‘fried’ Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly

No one will ever guess that these babies are baked. See ya, messy oil. But the best thing about them is *obviously* the potato chips. A whole 16-ounce bag of 'em goes into the breading. You can't go wrong with plain, but we're feeling sour cream and onion or barbecue tonight.

31. Parmesan-ranch Chicken Thighs

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

Nothing comes in handy last-minute like a packet of ranch seasoning. Combined with Parmesan cheese, flour and black pepper, it gives plain old chicken a zap of flavor. Serve it in the backyard with a side of light and tangy coleslaw.

32. Spicy Yogurt Marinated Chicken Legs

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: one pan, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly

Whole chicken legs strike a delicious balance between simple and impressive. And these come together in less than an hour. The marinade has creamy brightness from Greek yogurt and lemon juice, as well as heat from chili and curry powders. Roast, serve and let the accolades roll in.

33. Honey Mustard Sheet Pan Chicken With Brussels Sprouts

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, sheet pan recipe

Did you hear that? That's the sound of immaculately-crunchy chicken skin, golden-brown and roasted in a honey-mustard sauce. And the Brussels? *Chef's kiss.*

34. Spinach And Cheese Stuffed Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, Mediterranean diet–friendly

We took chicken breasts and said, “bye-bye, boring.” This is a baked take on chicken Parmesan that’s packed with wilted spinach, sautéed garlic, mozzarella and Parm. Make a big batch of the from-scratch sauce so it’s good to go on your next pasta night.

35. Garlic Breaded Roast Chicken Breast

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients

We’re always down for lots and lots of garlic, especially in a crunchy panko breading that refuses to quit. Even better, this recipe only uses nine ingredients, and they’re likely all in your pantry right now. Slice it over salad, have it with aioli on a roll or serve over spaghetti.

36. Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

The homemade sauce is so easy you’ll never want store-bought buffalo again. (Six tablespoons of melted butter have that kind of power.) The meatballs will keep for three days, so get ready to be the envy of the break room. Buffalo blue cheese wraps for lunch, anyone?

37. Roasted Drumsticks With Tomatoes

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, one pan

Garden party on the horizon? This gorgeous one-pan wonder is as low-maintenance as it is elegant. Smashed garlic and cherry tomatoes bring tons of flavor and sweetness to these tender chicken pieces. Make a pretty green salad (like this sugar snap pea salad with Chèvre ranch) to serve them with and your job is done.

38. Bruschetta Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: low carb, one pan, less than 500 calories

Summer is this dish's jam. Picture browned, seasoned chicken topped in homemade bruschetta, rich with plump tomatoes, garlic and basil. All she needs is a drizzle of balsamic and a sprinkle of Parm. Did we mention it all comes together in less than 30 minutes?

39. Honey-lime Chicken And Veggies In Foil

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, beginner-friendly, less than 500 calories

Fire up the grill for its easiest project yet. Whether you're having company or eating solo, this dish stays ridiculously simple and virtually mess-free, even despite the sticky honey-ginger sauce. No cleanup for the win.

40. Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly

“Ugh, chicken fingers again?” whined no kid ever. Both picky eaters and grown-ups never get tired of munching on these. We swapped frying for baking, making this a totally grown-up and acceptable dinner you can feel good about. Now, who has the ketchup?

41. Avocado Chicken Salad

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: no cook, make ahead, beginner-friendly

No summer picnic is complete without chicken salad. But we thought the dish was overdue for an upgrade, so we called on store-bought rotisserie chicken and buttery avocado to make the recipe easier and creamier than ever before.

42. Skillet Chicken Fajitas

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: high protein, low sugar, less than 500 calories

Mix up Taco Tuesday with this mélange of bell peppers, onions and seared chicken. Bonus points for eating it al fresco with margaritas. (Oh, and’t forget the guacamole...as if you needed a reminder.)

43. Chicken And Waffle Sandwiches

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, special occasion–worthy

Sunday brunch never looked so good. Think spicy buttermilk fried chicken meets savory cheddar cheese waffles.

44. Greek Chicken And Rice Skillet

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pan, crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

Dinner for six in 40 minutes? Don’t mind if we do. Not only is this skillet bursting with briny flavor, thanks to the olives, feta and lemon, but the rice also cooks right in the pan with the other ingredients instead of in its own separate pot.

45. Lime Chicken With Corn And Poblano Salad

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, low sugar, gluten free, dairy free

This citrusy number has summer written all over it. Feel free to trade canned corn kernels for fresh corn when it’s in season.

46. Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers With Tzatziki Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, beginner-friendly

Call it a barbecue appetizer, call it dinner for one. Either way, you’ll want to go swimming in the homemade tzatziki sauce. The chicken would also taste divine mixed into a Greek salad or served atop toasted pita.

47. Grilled Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, low carb, low sugar

Put down the takeout menu and step away from the phone. You’re only 20 minutes away from sweet chili chicken and toasted peanuts wrapped in crisp butter lettuce leaves.

48. Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwiches

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, low sugar, beginner-friendly

Say it with us: Chicken salad doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, this one is straight-up begging for some Instagram love. Spice up the O.G. with homemade tarragon mayonnaise and tart quick-pickled onions.

49. Baked Caprese Chicken Skillet

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, one pan, crowd-pleaser

Summer tomatoes, it’s your time to shine. Do yourself a favor and pick up the best ones you can find at the farmers market. Feel free to go the extra mile by making the pesto from scratch instead of using store-bought, too.

50. Piri Piri Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 4 hours, 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, low sugar, paleo

Make like a Portuguese churrascaria and name this spicy number your go-to roast chicken recipe. The bird is soaked in a hot pepper marinade before being spatchcocked and cooked to crispy splendor.

51. Hot Honey Chicken Thighs

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pan, low carb, <10 ingredients

Think Nashville-style hot chicken but without the trouble of battering and frying. Oh, and we should mention: This one calls for just six ingredients.

52. Make-ahead Spicy Chicken And Rice Salad

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, crowd-pleaser, high protein, dairy free

Use a rotisserie chicken for ultimate convenience, or cook your own chicken breasts if you have the time. Pat yourself on the back: You just meal-prepped without even trying.

53. Oven-baked Hot Honey Chicken Tenders

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly

This crowd-pleaser is great to make when you’re looking for something classic and easy. The tenders are crunchy on the outside, succulent on the inside and baked instead of fried for less grease (and mess).