Once summer rolls around, the oven is out and the grill is in. One of the simplest weeknight dinner ideas for those warm summer evenings is grilled chicken, but let’s be real — sometimes this meat has a reputation for being a little, well, boring. The key to making chicken on the grill is to season it correctly, marinate it with bold flavors and smother it in savory sauces. These 28 recipes will take your grilled chicken from dull to divine.
Under-seasoning your food is one of those bad cooking habits you need to quit now. That won’t be an issue with this super spiced-up Moroccan chicken recipe.
One of the absolute best Mexican recipes around just so happens to be one of the easiest: grilled chicken fajitas. You can either keep yours simple with just grilled onions and peppers or go all-out and load up your tortilla with avocado, sour cream, cheese, hot sauce and more.
Mirin, sake, soy sauce and rice vinegar give these grilled chicken wings a distinctively Japanese twist. When grilling these wings, make sure to soak your wooden skewers for at least 30 minutes before cooking; doing otherwise is one of the worst grilling mistakes you can make.
If you thought you’d heard of every regional barbecue style, then you may be forgetting about Alabama, which uses a mayonnaise-based white sauce. It goes great with smoky grilled chicken.
This grilled orange-ginger chicken uses a marinade with orange, soy sauce, sesame seeds, ginger and crushed red pepper, which also works well on pork and steak. So after you master grilled chicken, make sure you know how to grill the perfect steak too.
One of those secrets chefs know is that butterflying a chicken helps it to cook evenly on the grill. Learn this technique for this simple weeknight dinner recipe.
Apricot preserves are just one of many unexpected meat marinades, but the sweetness of the fruit balances out the saltiness of soy sauce in this grilled chicken wings recipe.
Peaches are one of the most iconic foods in America. Use this gorgeous fruit as a part of these sweet and savory grilled chicken skewers.
Marinating your meat is one of the best ways to make steak tender and delicious, and that applies to chicken too. This Thai grilled chicken noodle salad uses chicken breasts marinated in herbs, lime juice, ginger, garlic, soy, fish sauce, oil and honey.
Basil and mint are two of the best plants for beginner gardeners. If you’re proud of your herb haul this year, use them for this grilled butterflied chicken with an herb vinaigrette.
Sherry, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic and ginger make a delicious Asian-inspired marinade for grilled chicken breasts. Pair with baby bok choy, snap peas, cherry tomatoes and baby corn and serve over rice for a satisfying dinner.
The corn salsa that pairs with this grilled cilantro lime chicken uses corn, tomatoes, avocado, red onion and cilantro. It is just as good as copycat Chipotle and Taco bell recipes.
If you have olive oil, oregano, garlic and lemons, then you can make this simple Mediterranean chicken. Make this meal on Sunday night and use the leftovers for rice bowls as a part of easy meal prepping.
You don’t have to go to one of the best wing joints in America to get your bar food on. This recipe for chicken wings with grilled plum coulis uses the grill to cook the meat and make the sauce, allowing you to keep your stove off and your kitchen cool.
One of the most common grilled chicken mistakes is not seasoning your meat enough. This bold chipotle-rubbed beer can chicken recipe solves that problem.
Sweet tea and peaches are two of the South’s most famous foods, and both are used wonderfully in this grilled chicken thighs recipe.
If you have an excessive amount of basil from your indoor garden, this herbaceous grilled chicken breast recipe uses it two different ways.
Parmesan garlic wings are found on the menus at some of America’s best sports bars. If you’re cheering on your favorite team from your couch, pair the big game with these grilled Parmesan garlic wings.
While not as spicy as the world's hottest hot sauces, this jerk sauce gets quite the kick from habaneros and jalapeños. Smother this sauce over your bone-in smoky grilled chicken for a taste of the Caribbean.
Tomatoes are in season in the summer, so use this produce at its peak in a lima bean salsa that pairs wonderfully with tangy curry lime chicken thighs.
Who invented tacos? Not the Cubans, but these Mojo Chicken Tacos use mangoes, orange juice and avocado for a twist on the classic Mexican dish.
When life gives you lemons, make lemon-filled recipes, like this lemony grilled chicken recipe, which also uses superbly salty capers for a punch of flavor.
This southwestern chicken breast recipe uses a simple marinade made with oil, vinegar, chili powder, cumin, cilantro and a few other seasonings. It comes together in under an hour, making it one of the best easy grilled dishes.
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