Grilled chicken is generally found at every backyard barbecue, and it tends to be the least sought-after thing on the grill. Often grilled chicken can be the victim of overcooking, undercooking, scorching, or just poor cooking in general. What a shame! When cooked correctly, grilled chicken is such a delight to eat —succulent, with crispy skin or sticky glazes. Chicken is a great reason to fire up the grill all on its own, without taking the backseat to burgers, steaks or ribs. All you need is one great recipe and you will be well on your way to a wonderful plate of satisfying grilled chicken.
Whether you’re looking for a quick, simple recipe, an indulgent and rich cookout party treat, or an intricate dinner party dish, grilled chicken can fit your needs. Try to plan a little ahead of time, as the more time the chicken is marinated for, the juicier and tastier it will be. If you prepare the chicken and the marinade the night before, the next evening you simply need to get the chicken on the grill: Making dinner has never been easier.
Chicken in all forms is perfect for grilling. Stand a whole chicken up on a half-full beer can for the most impressive cookout centerpiece, grill chicken breasts and serve with a refreshing Greek tzatziki sauce, barbecue your tangy chicken wings, cook cubes of spiced chicken on skewers, or transform ground chicken into burgers to be enjoyed in a classic bun with all your favorite toppings. There is no end to the fantastic grilled chicken options, and these are our 20 favorites.
— Hannah Hoskins and Daisy Nichols contributed to this roundup