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Summer is the time of grilling, but I get tired of the same meal night after night. We eat a lot of chicken, and there are so many fun and delicious grilled chicken recipes.
Don’t get stuck with the same dinner night after night. You can find fantastic recipes in this list for all types of chicken from whole chicken to drumsticks and everything in between.
Whether you love a good marinade or want a quick dry rub that gets that chicken from the fridge to your belly faster, you can find it. There are more than 80 recipes that use all types of cooking.
This includes a ton of recipes that are gluten free, and almost all of them are dairy free, too. This makes it even easier for special diets or if you want to feed a crowd for a pot luck.
Chicken Grilling Tips
First, always make sure you cook your chicken to 165 degrees for safety. While many recipes say, “cook until the juices run clear,” it’s worth the investment in a meat thermometer to be sure.
I love my wireless meat thermometer, only partly because I can walk away and work on another part of the meal with the freedom to not worry that I’ll overcook my chicken. And yes, I do need the beeping alert to remind me sometimes.
When you have recipes that call for marinating your chicken, give it at least three to four hours. If you don’t marinate it for long enough, you simply don’t get the flavor you want.
However, note that acid based marinades like lemon or lime juice will start to break down your chicken, so be aware to not overdo it. Those are the marinades that don’t work well overnight.
You chicken cooks best when it’s an even thickness. Especially when you’re cooking with chicken breasts, you may benefit from pounding them.
It’s easy to do. Simply place your chicken between two pieces of plastic wrap or wax paper or even inside a zip top bag. The key is to use enough force to flatten it evenly without shredding the chicken completely.
If you have a meat mallet, use that, as it works efficiently. It’s one of the tools I love because it works well for a variety of purposes from tenderizing more tough cuts of meat to pounding meat to an even thickness to breaking up frozen fruit or ice and more.
However, if you don’t own a meat mallet, you can use a soup can or rolling pin. They aren’t weighted quite the same, so it will take a little longer, but they do work.
And when you’re grilling, make sure you don’t have the heat too high. While many cuts of beef tend to benefit from searing and high temps, chicken simply dries out.
Best Grilled Chicken Recipes
Any time you can grill your food, you're winning. There's something about a meal fresh off a barbecue grill that just makes everything better. Don't get stuck in a rut though. Instead, try one of these amazing grilled chicken recipes. Many are also paleo, gluten free, or dairy free, which makes them perfect for get togethers with other families, too.
If you aren't familiar with miso outside miso soup at a Japaneses restaurant, you're missing out. This miso glazed chicken is a simple recipe that transforms your grilled dinner into something truly special.
Curry and apple sauce might sound like an unusual mix, but they played so well in the making of this grilled curry chicken dinner. Enjoy this simple Indian dish over rice and with traditional vegetables.
Marinating your chicken in Greek yogurt is an easy to way to add flavor to chicken without a ton of work. Greek yogurt, lemon, garlic, and a few seasonings is all you need for this simple and flavorful dish.
For your next grilling session, try these tender, juicy grilled chicken breasts marinated in a homemade Italian herb and red pepper vinaigrette. It's just a little change up from the usual, but it makes a big difference in taste.
We have ALL eaten our fair share of Chipotle, right? There's just something about that food that you crave, so why not make it at home? A few simple pantry staples are all you need to make a delicious, copycat marinade, let it hang out in the marinade for a couple hours and magic happens.
As much as you love fried chicken with buttermilk, this grilled version makes a delicious twist on a classic. You'll end up with delicious, moist, and flavorful chicken that will disappear as fast as you can make it.
This butterflied and grilled Peruvian-style chicken features aji amarillo paste, cumin and oregano, and lime juice in a simple marinade that you rub onto a whole chicken. Serve it with Peruvian Ají Verde (green sauce) and/or salsa criolla, and it's a delicious way to change up chicken.
This fun recipe uses orange marmalade (and whiskey!) as a marinade that then gets basted on a whole chicken as it grills. Pair it with the included recipe for orange asparagus, and you have a themed perfect meal.
Enjoy the taste of the tropics with this fun recipe. With pineapple, soy, and more, this marinade adds so much flavor to your chicken tenderloins before you grill them. Pair it with coconut rice for a perfect meal.
Can we just all admit that any time food comes on a stick, it just tastes better? These honey garlic skewers are sweet and tangy at the same time, an ideal choice for any chicken thighs you have on hand.
Chicken souvlaki may or may not be one of my all time favorite dishes. I order it almost every time I go to a Greek restaurant, but it's such an easy dish to make at home, too. Make sure to pair it with some tzatziki sauce, too.
Mustard, lemon juice, and soy combine to create a delicious marinade for chicken thighs and vegetables - yes, the veggies get marinated, too, in this recipe. Add them to skewers and grill them up for this salty and tangy dish.
These Spicy Grilled Asian-Cajun Chicken Skewers are great party appetizers and easy to grill. Marinate chicken pieces in a delicious Asian-Cajun marinade, and then grill them with a rainbow of bell peppers and onion. The end up perfectly charred on the outside and juicy on the inside
If you've never cooked with the seasonal deliciousness that is hatch chiles, you need to start with this recipe. A hatch chile sauce provides the marinade and a sauce for the finished grilled chicken that goes perfectly with tortillas, rice, or over a salad.
So many recipes use Greek yogurt as a marinade base, and they do it for good reason. Here it pairs with bourbon and a BBQ rub to create amazingly juicy chicken. Before you grill it, this chicken get stuffed with onion and peppers for an added boost of flavor. Top it with an avocado tomato mixture, and yum!
Try this grilled chicken broccoli and garlic penne, an Italian classic with a tasty twist that's perfect for summer cooking. Grilling the chicken and broccoli deepens the flavor of the dish and creates a well rounded meal in a single bowl.
Spicy honey citrus chicken is the perfect healthy grilling recipe. Made with simple ingredients and full of flavor, this easy chicken marinade is delicious. Even better, it's gluten free and paleo making this chicken dish is a must try.
You don't instantly think of fajitas as a grilled chicken recipe, but trust me: you want to make this one. It's marinated to perfection then grilled and tastes as good as anything you'll find in a restaurant.
These grilled chicken pockets are so much fun to grill - and yes, they work over a campfire, too. My favorite part is that you can set up a bar of ingredients and let each person pick out their favorites to add so everyone has exactly what they want and love inside.
Have you had beer can chicken? If not, you really need to try it. Because of the way it’s cooked, it’s crispy on the outside but the beer keeps it moist and tender on the inside. (And yes, you can make it alcohol free, too.)
Kick up your chicken dinner with this butterflied and grilled za'atar chicken that combines olive oil with garlic, sumac, za'atar, and citrus zest in an exotically spiced rub. Even better, an amazing pomegranate molasses, citrus juice, and honey glaze gets added while grilling to amp up the flavor even more.
Try these grilled chicken thighs with brown sugar rub and grilled mixed vegetables for a delicious dinner to make any night of the week. It makes tender and juicy chicken that everyone in the family will love.
Marinate your chicken in lemongrass, Thai sweet chili sauce, and fish sauce, then grill it to perfection in this recipe with authentic Thai flavors. This is a hit with all ages, and the marinade is quick to whip up for minimal prep work.
You will love this simple recipe for honey lemon grilled chicken. Season chicken thighs with a homemade seasoning mix, then marinate them in a delicious honey marinade before you pop them on the grill.
Tandoori chicken is an Indian classic. Learn the make this dish at home with this yogurt based marinade. If you don't have the traditional ingredients , this recipe includes many substitutes to make it easier to accomplish.
Coat grilled chicken thighs in a delicious homemade sweet and a salty honey bourbon barbecue sauce, then grill them to golden brown perfection. This gluten free recipe is a finger-licking good summertime quick dinner must.
Soy, ginger, and sesame come together in sweet harmony for this glaze to coat grilled chicken thighs. It takes just a few minutes to make the glaze, and the result is a caramelized thigh full of flavor.
Have you never heard of Cornell chicken barbecue before? Neither had I, but it's a famous New York State Fair food. This version gives you a choice to marinate the chicken or baste on the flavor, making it even more flexible.
Instead of Coca-Cola on your chicken, try this Dr. Pepper version instead. You make a sweet and spicy BBQ to baste on your chicken legs near the end of the cooking time for a delicious caramelize crust.
This four ingredient marinade uses pantry staples to create a simple dish with plenty of flavor. Forget traditional wings - these are the ones you want to make.
What are your favorite grilled chicken recipes?
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