grilled chicken with nectarine barbecue sauce

There’s no shortage of healthy chicken recipes, but these take a spin on the grill for extra flavor and a little char. Grilled chicken is an easy and versatile protein that you can eat alone or serve with a salad, vegetables, or starch for a fast, filling, and healthy meal. Check out these 11 recipes for quick grilled chicken that you can have on the table in under 30 minutes, no problem (but leave a little extra time for marinating if you can!).

1. Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken

Fresh thyme, rosemary, and garlic are an outstanding combo when mixed with lemon, olive oil, and kosher salt. Be sure to put the chicken thighs in a single layer when marinating so everything can soak in. Get the Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken recipe.

2. Greek Grilled Chicken

This chicken recipe takes the flavors of a Greek salad and manages to incorporate them into grilled chicken. Mint, oregano, dill, and parsley team up with lemon, garlic, tomatoes, olives, and feta for a perfect Greek bite. (And okay, the marinating step alone takes 30 minutes, but you could cut it a bit short and not lose much flavor, while still getting dinner on the table quickly.) Get the Greek Grilled Chicken recipe.

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3. Spicy Garlic Grilled Chicken

This chicken is made from a super easy marinade that you can whip up from pantry items and fridge staples: mayo, yellow mustard, lime juice, olive oil, garlic, Sriracha, honey, salt, and pepper. It’s so simple, but has a serious kick (that you can control by adjusting ingredient amounts if you prefer less spice). Get the Spicy Garlic Grilled Chicken recipe.

4. Turmeric Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Coconut Lime Dip

Turmeric Chicken Skewer recipe with Cilantro Lime Coconut Milk Sauce

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An Indian-inspired paste of cilantro stems, coriander, white pepper, turmeric, brown sugar, and oyster sauce imparts tons of flavor to these chicken skewers; even if you only leave it on for 15 minutes before grilling, it makes an impact, as does the coconut milk dip on the side. Get our Turmeric Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Coconut Lime Dip recipe.

5. Grilled Chicken Sausages with Peaches

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Pick up a pack of chicken sausages and make them special by grilling them alongside peach rosemary skewers; grilled fruit is a perfect sweet and smoky complement to the meat. Get our Grilled Chicken Sausages with Peaches.

6. Spicy Korean Grilled Chicken

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Ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, and Korean malt syrup (or half the called-for amount of honey as a substitute) make for a delicious Korean twist on teriyaki; add some gochujang for a spicy kick if you like. If you marinate it the day before, dinner is on the table in no time the next night. Get our Korean Grilled Chicken recipe.

7. Grilled Balsamic-Rosemary Chicken

Easy Balsamic Rosemary Grilled Chicken recipe

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A simple ingredients list (olive oil, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, cracked pepper, and rosemary) adds up to a glossy, super-delicious, and impressive dish to serve a group that’s easy to achieve—but you don’t have to tell them that. Get our Grilled Balsamic-Rosemary Chicken.

8. Turkish-Style Yogurt Marinated Chicken Thighs

Cumin, cayenne, and paprika are mixed with Greek yogurt in this Turkish-inspired marinade for chicken thighs. You can easily scale this recipe up for a crowd and make enough leftovers to last all week. Get the Turkish-Style Yogurt Marinated Chicken Thighs recipe.

9. Easy Thai Grilled Chicken Breasts

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Use a blender to puree fresh cilantro with garlic, brown sugar, fish sauce, and white pepper, then slather it on the chicken breasts before grilling them and serving with sweet chili sauce. Get our Easy Thai Grilled Chicken Breasts recipe.

10.  Grilled Chicken with Nectarine Barbecue Sauce

grilled chicken with nectarine barbecue sauce

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Nectarines cooked with onions, ketchup, brown sugar, and chipotle peppers morph into a spicy-sweet barbecue sauce that goes beautifully with grilled boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Get our Grilled Chicken with Nectarine Barbecue Sauce recipe.

11. Argentine Grilled Chicken

This simple chicken recipe calls for a spatch cook on the grill for a dramatic whole bird presentation and great flavor from traditional Argentine Chimichurri sauce. Get our Argentine Grilled Chicken recipe.

If you’re really pressed for time, you might find meal kits even more helpful; check out our favorite meal kit delivery services. And see our Ultimate Guide to Grilling & BBQ too.

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Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC’s best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.
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