grilled chicken with nectarine barbecue sauce

There’s no shortage of healthy chicken recipes, but these take a spin on the grill for extra savor. 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 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. Lemon and Herb Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs

lemon herb grilled chicken thighs

Food Network

Fresh sage, rosemary, and garlic are an outstanding combo when mixed with lemon, crushed red pepper, 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 recipe.

2. Greek Grilled Stuffed Chicken

greek grilled stuffed chicken breast with feta and olives

Eclectic Recipes

This chicken recipe takes the flavors of a Greek salad and manages to incorporate them into grilled chicken. Oregano, garlic powder, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes, parsley, red onion, and feta make for the perfect Greek mix. Get the recipe.

3. Honey, Lemon, and Rosemary Grilled Chicken

honey lemon rosemary grilled chicken breasts

Two Peas and Their Pod

This honey, lemon, olive oil, rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper marinade gets better by the hour. Let the chicken sit for at least thirty minutes but up to overnight for the best flavor. Get the recipe.

4. Spicy Grilled Chicken

spicy grilled chicken thighs

My Food Trolley

Cumin, garlic, dried ginger, and whole red chilies are what give this recipe a serious kick. Lightly dry roast the spices over low heat until they start to pop and sizzle. Get the recipe.

5. Middle Eastern Chicken Kebabs

Middle Eastern grilled chicken kabobs

Once Upon a Chef

A Greek yogurt marinade with olive oil, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, red pepper flakes, lemon, salt, pepper, and garlic keeps the chicken moist and tender while grilling the kebabs. Get the recipe.

6. Grilled Chicken and Potatoes

grilled chicken salad with potatoes and tomatoes

Fine Cooking

The lemony vinaigrette in this recipe tastes amazing on the grilled chicken, potatoes, and vegetables. Get the recipe.

7. Spicy Korean Grilled Chicken

spicy Korean grilled chicken

The Kitchn

Honey, brown rice vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, onions, soy sauce, brown sugar, and the special ingredient gochujang (Korean hot red pepper paste) make this recipe stand out from the pack. Get the recipe.

8. Grilled Citrus Ginger Chicken

grilled citrus ginger chicken

Fresh Easy Meals

A combination of different flavors – orange juice, lemon juice, and fresh ginger – makes this recipe an impressive dish to attempt for a group.  Balance them out and you have a winning dish. Get the recipe.

9. Turkish-Style Yogurt Marinated Chicken Thighs

Turkish yogurt marinated grilled chicken thighs

Boston Globe

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 recipe.

10. Fennel-Garlic Chicken Legs

fennel garlic grilled chicken legs

Food & Wine

Use a mortar and pestle to crush the fresh herbs and spices – the garlic, fennel seeds, dried oregano, and crushed red pepper will form a paste when mixed together with a few tablespoons of olive oil. Get the recipe.

11.  Grilled Chicken with Nectarine Barbecue Sauce

grilled chicken with nectarine barbecue sauce

Chowhound

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.

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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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