Chicken is the bird of summer. It’s relatively healthy, grills up fast, and changes its character, depending on what you marinate it with, and how you sauce or glaze it. Whether you’re making grilled chicken breast, grilled chicken thighs, or grilled chicken wings, we’ve got a recipe for you. Here, to inspire three months full of grilling, are 9 of the best grilled chicken recipes to make the most of this most seasonal of proteins. Go ahead and serve it up with some of our most interesting BBQ sides for summer, too.
Some of the same stuff that flavors good guacamole—lime juice, garlic, jalapeño, cilantro —goes into the marinade for these. It’s a dish as laidback as guac, too, whether cut up fajitas-style or served whole. Get our Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lime Cilantro Marinade recipe.
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Light and zesty as summer itself, the marinade gives these boneless skinless chicken breasts a bright hit of lemon, chile, and black pepper. This is a recipe you’ll lean on often, as it’s the perfect easy main dish for summer. Get our Grilled Chicken Breasts with Easy Lemon Marinade recipe.
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In vivid style, yogurt, lemon, fresh ginger, garlic, smoked and hot paprika, cumin, and cayenne flavor cubes of boneless chicken thigh. Thread the pieces onto skewers, fire up the grill, and enjoy a perfect taste of summer. Get our Spicy Yogurt Chicken recipe.
Marinate your chicken breasts in this high-flavor marinade that combines balsamic vinegar, olive oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, black pepper, and fresh rosemary, creating an unusually bold flavor profile. Get our Grilled Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Rosemary Marinade recipe.
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Honey and Dijon go into a time-honored dipping sauce for fast-food chicken nuggets, why not apply them to the marinade for grilled chicken breasts at home? Sweetness and pungency in perfect balance, to give chicken breasts the oomph they need. Get our Grilled Chicken Breasts with Honey-Dijon Marinade recipe.
Simpler and lighter than teriyaki, this marinade of soy sauce, extra-virgin olive oil, and garlic is a three-ingredient wonder for making grilled chicken thighs taste delicious. Since you probably already have the marinade ingredients in your pantry, it’s good for an impromptu meal, too. Get our Grilled Chicken Thighs with Soy Marinade recipe.
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Sweet, earthy yellow miso blends with fresh ginger, garlic, sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy, and chile garlic sauce to make the fullest-flavored marinade imaginable for chicken thighs. Get our Grilled Chicken Thighs with Miso Marinade recipe.
Marinated with cilantro, garlic, brown sugar, white pepper, Asian fish sauce, and soy sauce, this take on grilled chicken breasts packs a flavorful punch. This recipe serves as a great last-minute main dish, as it only takes 30 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to cook. Pair with a simple green salad and you’re all set! Get our Easy Thai Grilled Chicken Breasts recipe.
Marinating these chicken wings in a mixture of buttermilk, garlic powder, and barbeque sauce ensures that they won’t get dry out on the grill. Use a barbecue sauce of your choice to adjust the hotness of your chicken wings, and pair with your favorite dipping sauce. Get our Easy Grilled Buffalo Wings recipe.
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