Popular Grilling Chicken Recipes
The secret to great grilled chicken is to time the cooking carefully. These easy recipes will walk you through the how-to of grilling everything from whole birds to breasts to dark meat so that your BBQ grilled chicken is a winner every single time.
Chipotle-&-Orange Grilled Chicken
Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce contribute a rich smokiness to this quick orange-infused barbecue sauce.
Grilled Rosemary-Scented Chicken
Grilling chicken breasts on a bed of rosemary sprigs is an effective and easy way to infuse them with flavor. Savory black olive paste, contrasted with a sweet confit of caramelized onion, provides a sophisticated finish.
Grilled Chicken Salad with a Fresh Strawberry Dressing
Balsamic vinegar, strawberries and black pepper are a classic Italian trio: spicy and sweet, refined and earthy. Here they combine in a delicious dinner salad, topped with grilled chicken and toasted almonds. This dressing is also great on a salad of arugula, goat cheese and pecans.
Romaine Salad with Chicken, Apricots & Mint
This bright and summery entree salad, which uses a savory apricot puree as both marinade and dressing, makes a refreshing change from the standby Chicken Caesar. The salad also works well with sliced peaches or nectarines.
Thai Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Satay is Southeast Asian street food--strips of spiced meat, threaded on skewers and sold at carts all over the region. Although it's served with all sorts of condiments, peanut sauce has become the Western favorite. And why not? It's spicy, sweet, salty and the perfect match to the chicken strips.
Tandoori Chicken with Tomato-Cucumber Raita
Associated with India, tandoori cooking, a high-heat process, is actually a Middle Eastern invention, originally done in ceramic ovens, which have been unearthed at Babylonian archeological digs. In 1948, a fashionable, jet-setter restaurant in New Delhi installed a tandoori oven, the media picked up the story, and the craze went around the world so fast that tandoori cooking is now almost exclusively associated with India. Here, a hot grill produces similar results.
Tangy, mildly spicy and tender, this chicken is delicious with black beans and salsa.
Shaker-Style Smoked Chicken Thighs
Based on a recipe of the Shakers, a Quaker splinter group that flourished in the Eastern U.S. in the mid-19th century, this marinade derives its flavor from a hefty jolt of cider vinegar and lots of chopped shallots. Apple-wood chips are our first choice for smoking, but maple and hickory impart great flavor as well.
Grilled Chicken with Cherry-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Chopped cherries combine with cherry preserves and smoky, hot chipotle peppers for an unusual marinade and sauce for grilled chicken. Recipe by Nancy Baggett.
Maple-Glazed Chicken Breasts
Here's an easy main dish that's sure to set you on your own quest for the best syrup. Start the chicken breasts marinating on a Saturday afternoon for a quick meal later in the day, just about the time you come in from raking the last of the winter leaves off the garden.
Coffee can be used as a great way to start your day...or end it, at the grill. The dark and toasty undertones from the coffee in this dry rub pair well with dark meats. Any freshly ground coffee beans will work; choose dark roast for the biggest coffee flavor or a lighter roast if you're looking for something a little more subtle. Use on: Chicken thighs, duck, beef, lamb
Grilled Chicken with Chipotle-Orange Glaze
Smoky chipotle peppers make this quick, citrusy barbecue sauce special. Try this recipe with shrimp or pork chops on the grill as well. Serve with Quinoa & Black Beans and fruit sorbet for dessert.
Grilled Chicken & Polenta with Nectarine-Blackberry Salsa
Grilled nectarines and fresh blackberries turn into a summery salsa to top cumin-rubbed chicken and polenta in a dish that's special enough for weeknight entertaining. Make it a meal: Serve with a spinach salad and a crisp glass of rose.
Barbecued Raspberry-Hoisin Chicken
Hoisin sauce along with pureed tart raspberries makes a wonderful Chinese-inspired marinade and dipping sauce for grilled chicken. Plan ahead: The chicken thighs benefit from marinating for at least 2 hours before grilling.
Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto
Cook chicken tenders quickly on the grill and top with pesto made with cilantro and sesame seeds for a zesty, speedy dinner. Serve with: Quinoa and grilled asparagus.
Grilled Chicken Ratatouille
We gave this classic Provencal dish a taste of summer by grilling the vegetables traditionally used in ratatouille (bell pepper, eggplant, zucchini, tomato). Topped with grilled chicken, it makes an easy main course for summer entertaining. We like fresh marjoram and basil to complement the flavors, but any fresh herb will work. Serve with polenta and a glass of Pinot Noir.
Here's our spin on the roast-a-chicken-on-top-of-a-can-of-beer technique that's popular with barbecue aficionados. To simplify things, we just pour a little beer inside the chicken as it cooks. The beer keeps the meat juicy and a smoky-flavored spice rub both under and over the skin gives it extra flavor. Barbecuing poultry with the skin on helps prevent the meat from drying out. To keep calories and fat in check, remove the skin before serving.
Indian-Spiced Chicken Pitas
Make a perfect summer supper: grill spice-rubbed chicken breasts and tuck them into whole-wheat pitas along with fresh vegetables and a tangy yogurt sauce. Serve with: Grilled vegetables and a pilsner.
Indian-Spiced Chicken Pitas for Two
Make a perfect summer supper for two: grill spice-rubbed chicken breasts and tuck them into whole-wheat pitas along with fresh vegetables and a tangy yogurt sauce.
Lime-Honey Glazed Chicken
The sweet and tangy lime-honey marinade is simmered on the stovetop and then used as a sauce to baste and glaze the chicken. Don't let the chicken marinate any longer than 2 hours; overmarinating in soy sauce and lime juice can make the texture of the meat spongy.
Spicy Chicken and Star Fruit for 6
This barbecue recipe is a match made in heaven. Celestial star fruit (also called carambola) is a striking addition to this chicken dish, an Italian-Indian mix.
From Better Homes and Gardens
Grilled Chicken and Creamy Corn
Both the boneless chicken and ears of corn are grilled for this quick-and-easy main dish recipe. After grilling, the corn is cut off the cob and combined with sour cream to make a saucy side dish.
From Better Homes and Gardens
A simple chimichurri sauce of oil, vinegar, garlic, and parsley flavors this grilled chicken and green bean main dish recipe.
From Better Homes and Gardens
Spiced Chicken with Cucumber-Mint Sauce
Garlic, garam masala and fresh ginger season the chicken in this Indian-inspired recipe from The Spice House shop in Milwaukee. The refreshing yogurt-based sauce is similar to traditional cucumber raita.
From Midwest Living
Grilled-Chicken Salad with Goat Cheese and Plums
Top 25 Slides in Grilling Chicken Recipes
- Chipotle-&-Orange Grilled Chicken
- Grilled Rosemary-Scented Chicken
- Grilled Chicken Salad with a Fresh Strawberry Dressing
- Romaine Salad with Chicken, Apricots & Mint
- Thai Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce
- Tandoori Chicken with Tomato-Cucumber Raita
- Lime-Jalapeno Chicken
- Shaker-Style Smoked Chicken Thighs
- Grilled Chicken with Cherry-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
- Maple-Glazed Chicken Breasts
- Coffee Rub
- Grilled Chicken with Chipotle-Orange Glaze
- Grilled Chicken & Polenta with Nectarine-Blackberry Salsa
- Barbecued Raspberry-Hoisin Chicken
- Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto
- Grilled Chicken Ratatouille
- Beer-Barbecued Chicken
- Indian-Spiced Chicken Pitas
- Indian-Spiced Chicken Pitas for Two
- Lime-Honey Glazed Chicken
- Spicy Chicken and Star Fruit for 6
- Grilled Chicken and Creamy Corn
- Chimichurri Chicken
- Spiced Chicken with Cucumber-Mint Sauce
- Grilled-Chicken Salad with Goat Cheese and Plums