14 Glam Grilled Chicken Recipes

This grilled chicken roundup addresses all your summer needs–chicken thighs, chicken skewers, whole hens, even wings–that are healthy, use the best easy marinades, and offer techniques for keeping your dinner from being dried out.

A large platter with grilled mango, chicken, scallions, tortillas, and lime, for grilled chicken tacos.
These grilled chicken tacos with mango are made with cumin, chili powder, scallions, and flour tortillas along with all the usual fixins. Perfect for Taco Tuesday. And any day.
6 grilled chicken skewers piled on a wooden cutting board and sprinkled with slices of red onion and cilantro.
These chicken skewers are magnificently easy to toss on the grill for a quick dinner. The distinct Thai taste comes from a simple marinade of coconut milk, fish sauce, cilantro, and curry.
Grilled chicken thighs on a platter with a sprig of rosemary on top.
These grilled rosemary-garlic chicken thighs rely on a quick and simple lemon marinade and a quick turn on the grill for their robust flavor and tender juiciness. Simple enough for weeknights. Special enough for dinner parties.
A rimmed baking sheet with 18 grilled chicken wings with maple bourbon sauce.
Here, you brown the wings first over direct heat without any sauce. That’s when the skin gets crispy. Then you move the wings over indirect heat, where it is safe to layer on the sweet sauce without the threat of it scorching.
A whole spatchcocked grilled roasted chicken on a round wooden board with dishes of salt and peppercorns on the side.
A paprika and chili powder rub coupled with an indirect cooking method ensures that this gorgeous bird has tender, juicy meat, and shatteringly crisp skin. If you've never spatchcocked a bird, now's the time to try it.
A platter of shish taouk or Middle Eastern grilled chicken and thighs slathered with a pomegranate-tamarind sauce
This spectacularly exotic grilled middle Eastern chicken, known as shish taouk, is coated in a sumac and garlic paste and served with a tamarind-pomegranate sauce.
A black platter with several grilled chicken tacos with fruit salsa, a few cherry tomatoes, and a wooden board with cut chicken, halved plums, and queso fresco.
Marinated chicken makes up the heart of this dish, cooking away on the grill until it develops a light char on the skin, while the dark leg and thigh meat remains juicy and succulent. The sweetness of the plums is balanced by the tang of freshly squeezed lime juice and the fresh bite of cilantro, making one of the most richly flavored salsas you’ll ever encounter, and the perfect pairing for the rich smoky chicken.
A wooden cutting board with a carved grilled Greek chicken and a knife resting beside it.
What gives this grilled Greek chicken its voraciously vibrant flavor is a lemon marinade full of garlic, parsley, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and basil. It brings a Mediterranean mojo to a simple summer supper.
A spatchcocked and grilled Five-Spice chicken on a barbecue being brushed with marinade.
A grilled five-spice chicken is a remarkably easy dish for something that tastes so divine. The marinade of five-spice powder, garlic, soy sauce, lemongrass, ginger, and fish sauce is perfection.
A sliced jerk chicken breast on a round cutting board, with a man's hand holding a cleaver above it
August 6th is Jamaican Independence Day. Celebrate! This jerk chicken relies on an easy marinade you toss together from Jamaican allspice, scallion, thyme, cinnamon, chile pepper, and vinegar that tastes just like what you’d experience in the Caribbean. With easy instructions on how to cook it without fail.
A tray of chicken thighs with balsamic barbecue sauce, corn on the cob, glasses of beer, forks, and plates
Why did it take someone so long to think up chicken thighs with balsamic barbecue sauce? Simple, easy, and made with pantry staples, such as ketchup, honey, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce, this meal comes together quickly. Take advantage of late-season corn to round out the meal.
A tandoori chicken wrap with lettuce, chicken, in a flour tortilla
These tandoori chicken wraps combine grilled chicken marinated in yogurt, ginger, garlic, and Middle Eastern spices with a cooling yogurt and mint dressing. Everything is wrapped in tortillas, pita, or naan.
Three whole smoked chickens on a round grill.
Brining in a very simple salt and sugar brine makes the chicken juicier than a typical bird and it’s seasoned throughout. The addition of the dry rub makes it even more flavorful.


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