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Easy Chicken Recipes for the Summer

The lean protein is the star of these dishes
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A great summer recipe is one that gets you outside grilling, one that has bright sunny flavors and is quick to throw together. From chicken wings doused in spicy peri-peri sauce to a fruity take on chicken kabobs, these easy and flavor-packed poultry recipes are perfect for a quick summertime lunch or dinner.

Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabobs

Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabobs

Peaches are one of the best fruits to cook with in the summer. They’re sweet, juicy and hold up extremely well on the grill. For a sweet and savory spin on kabobs, alternately skewer chunks of peaches, zucchini rounds and small pieces of marinated chicken and cook on the grill. 

For the Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabobs recipe, click here.

Tuscan Chicken and Vegetables

Tuscan Chicken and Vegetables
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This skillet meal is inspired by the warm and sunny flavors of the Mediterranean. With oregano, sun-dried tomato, lemon and earthy seasonings, this chicken, cannellini beans, tomatoes and spinach dish takes less than half an hour to make. You can serve it with crusty bread or a quick side salad

For the Tuscan Chicken and Vegetables recipe, click here.

Peri-Peri Chicken Wings with Dipping Sauce

Peri-Peri Chicken Wings with Dipping Sauce

Peri-peri sauce is a traditional African sauce made from spicy African bird's eye chili peppers. For a spicy twist on wings, coat chicken wings in some store-bought peri-peri sauce mixed with apricot preserves for a sticky sweetness and serve them up with an easy yogurt and cilantro dipping sauce.

For the Peri-Peri Chicken Wings with Dipping Sauce recipe, click here.

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

Courtesy of Corrie Cooks

This classic chicken adobo is inspired by flavors and techniques from the Philippines. The recipe uses apple cider vinegar, garlic, bay leaves and soy sauce and it all comes together in an Instant Pot. 

For the Instant Pot Chicken Adobo recipe, click here.

Farmers Market Chicken and Vegetables

Farmers Market Chicken and Vegetables
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This is a great choice for an easy, hands-off summer dinner. Simply roast boneless chicken breasts with any in-season vegetables you find at your farmers market or grocery store and toss with a savory blend of spices. It pretty much makes itself right in one pan. 

For the Farmers Market Chicken and Vegetables recipe, click here. 

Butterflied Herb and Lemon Grilled Chicken

Butterflied Herb and Lemon Grilled Chicken

With rosemary, thyme, basil, cilantro and chives, this grilled chicken is both earthy and delicious. The fresh herbs make all the difference, as does the squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a whole head of garlic. 

For the Butterflied Herb and Lemon Grilled Chicken recipe, click here.

BBQ Chicken Flatbread

BBQ Chicken Flatbread
Courtesy of Emily Paster, West of the Loop

Homemade pizza dough can be time-consuming for a weekday, but you can prepare the dough during the day if you’re home and it’ll be ready to top and bake in the evening. For this flavor-packed BBQ chicken flatbread, toss cooked and shredded chicken in your favorite barbecue sauce, saute some onions and peppers, spread the sauce on a rectangular rolled-out dough and start topping. 

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Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie
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You may not associate chicken pot pie with summer, but it is and will always be an ultimate comfort food no matter the season. The hearty dish is bursting with chicken, potatoes, peas, carrots and onions tossed in a creamy filling. You can also save some time during prep by using rotisserie chicken and mixing the shredded pieces right into the gravy.

For the Chicken Pot Pie recipe, click here.

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan
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This slightly lighter take on the quintessential Italian dish is made with a chunky, homemade marinara sauce, pan-fried breaded chicken cutlets and thick slices of mozzarella cheese. The ingredients are layered and baked until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

For the Chicken Parmesan recipe, click here.

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan
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Yes, you can make chicken Parmesan in an air fryer, too. This recipe is a game-changer and makes flawless crispy breaded chicken without all the greasy oil. Set up a breading station, pour your sauce, shred some cheese and have an easy lunch or dinner on the table in under 40 minutes.

For the Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan recipe, click here.

Cuban Mojo Chicken Tacos

Cuban Mojo Chicken Tacos

Orange juice can be used for more than creating the perfect margarita — it also makes a sweet, Cuban-inspired marinade. Combine allspice, cumin, thyme and orange juice in a glass dish before coating a pound of boneless chicken in the mixture and refrigerating. Grill the chicken and top it with a mango-avocado salsa. In under 25 minutes, you’ll have sweet restaurant-worthy tacos. 

For the Cuban Mojo Chicken Tacos recipe, click here.

Easy Mediterranean Spatchcocked Chicken

Easy Mediterranean Spatchcocked Chicken

When you have some lemons, you can make more than just lemonade. This easy Mediterranean spatchcocked chicken recipe is the perfect example. You’ll only need four ingredients — olive oil, oregano, garlic and lemon — to take your grilled chicken to the next level. For extra flavor, add lemons to the grill along with a fresh, whole chicken to add a kick of zest to your plate. 

For the Easy Mediterranean Spatchcocked Chicken recipe, click here.

Roast Chicken Tacos with Homemade Salsa Verde

Roast Chicken Tacos with Homemade Salsa Verde
David Kaplan

When you need a simple weeknight dinner that’ll keep the entire family happy, roast chicken tacos with homemade salsa verde will do the trick. This chicken recipe comes with a kick thanks to the homemade charred salsa verde topping, and the roasted chicken — coated in fresh pepper and dried Mexican oregano — adds extra flavor. Top with onions, radish, cilantro and a drizzle of crema.  

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Thai Grilled Chicken Noodle Salad

Thai Grilled Chicken Noodle Salad

Add heart-healthy foods — like tomatoes and garlic — to your dinner plans with this Thai-inspired chicken noodle salad. Fresh flavors from mint, basil and cilantro combined with the sweetness of honey and the spice of red pepper flakes create a savory marinade for the grilled chicken. Toss fresh vegetables like snow peas, carrots and scallions together with the chicken and top with a dressing that takes less than 10 ingredients to create.

For the Thai Grilled Chicken Noodle Salad recipe, click here.

Ginger Garlic Asian Grilled Chicken

Ginger Garlic Asian Grilled Chicken

The trick to mastering a delicious stir-fry is to cook the meat separately for a tasty, charred flavor. Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, sherry, sesame oil, garlic and ginger for a tangy marinade and pour the remaining mixture over your grilled vegetables. Serve with a side of rice for a delicious, hearty dinner.  

For the Ginger Garlic Asian Grilled Chicken recipe, click here.

The Cheesecake Factory's Chicken Taquitos

The Cheesecake Factory's Chicken Taquitos
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Dinner at home will feel like a meal at a restaurant once you cook Cheesecake Factory’s chicken taquitos. The secret is in the cheese  — you’ll need cream cheese, cheddar cheese and jack cheese to replicate the dish — serve alongside enchilada and green chile sauce. Fry the tortillas in a bed of oil and brush the shells with egg before rolling and deep-frying to create the crusty shell.

For the Cheesecake Factory’s Chicken Taquitos recipe, click here.

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken With Corn Salsa

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken With Corn Salsa

Copy Chipotle’s famous dishes with this grilled cilantro lime chicken recipe. Zested and juiced limes and garlic are all your chicken needs to capture a bold taste. Create a corn salsa with corn, tomatoes, avocado, red onion, cilantro, salt and pepper to add color to your dish.

For the Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken with Corn Salsa recipe, click here.

Southwest Chicken

Southwest Chicken

Southwest chicken is one of the best easy grilling recipes. A spice-blended marinade made of chili and garlic powder, Italian seasoning, cumin, cilantro, vinegar and oil gives the chicken a hearty Southwest taste. Pair the chicken with a tasty side, like creamy macaroni and cheese

For the Southwest Chicken recipe, click here. 

Panda Express Orange Chicken

Panda Express Orange Chicken
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You can recreate Panda Express’s famed orange chicken with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. That delicious sauce is made from a mixture of ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, sugar, brown sugar and orange juice, and the boneless chicken gets its juicy flavor after it’s fried in a coating of flour, corn starch, egg, salt and pepper. Serve alongside a sesame peanut noodle bowl

For the Panda Express Orange Chicken recipe, click here.

Lemon Thyme Chicken

Lemon Thyme Chicken

Skipping out on the seasonings is generally a bad cooking habit, but this minimal chicken recipe is the exception. You’ll need only salt, pepper, thyme, lemon juice and minced shallots to whip up this light dish. 

For the Lemon Thyme Chicken recipe, click here. 

Zesty BBQ Drumsticks

Zesty BBQ Drumsticks

To make these drumsticks, you’ll need lime, garlic and a seasoning rub — like this Dinosaur Bar-B-Que spice rub — to accomplish a zesty taste. After frying, top the chicken with fresh, chopped cilantro and pair with your sauce of choice. 

For the Zesty BBQ Drumsticks recipe, click here.

Grilled Orange-Ginger Chicken

Grilled Orange-Ginger Chicken

Oranges do more than boost your immune system. When combined with soy sauce, garlic powder, ground ginger, crushed red peppers and sesame seeds, you’ll have an Asian-style marinade that boosts the flavor of plain chicken. Spice up more dishes by adding the marinade to other meats like pork tenderloin and flank steak. 

For the Grilled Orange-Ginger Chicken recipe, click here.

Grilled Moroccan Spice Chicken

Grilled Moroccan Spice Chicken