30 Easy Grilled Chicken Recipes That Make the Perfect Summer Meal

Seasoned with marinades, BBQ sauce and more!

grilled chicken with herbed corn salsa
Mike Garten

In the summertime, there are so many grilled chicken recipes to try that you could probably cook one every night and never get bored. Whether you love plain grilled chicken with nothing more than salt and pepper, juicy grilled chicken on a bed of roasted vegetables or small pieces strung onto skewers kebab-style for easy sharing, we have a recipe for you. Cook up crowd-pleasing favorites like glazed and glossy thighs, sweet 'n' sticky wings or spicy boneless breasts coated in paprika. Try your hand at grilling a whole bird — it's just as easy as roasting — and enjoy the leftovers all week in healthy salads, grain bowls, tacos and more. There is truly no end to the flavors you can pair with this versatile protein: from bright and citrusy lemon or pesto to sweet and smoky BBQ sauce, the poultry possibilities are endless.

Looking to upgrade your grilled chicken game? Try letting it sit in a generously seasoned marinade before firing up the grill. You'll be tasting the extra deliciousness in every bite. Don't have that much time? No problem. Simply baste the chicken as it's grilling with store-bought sauce for a big flavor payout with little effort.

If you're looking to switch up your weeknight meals with even more crowd-pleasing ideas, check out our healthy chicken dinners and easy dinner recipes.

skewers of grilled chicken fajitas and vegetables
Mike Garten
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Grilled Chicken Fajitas

Take a family dinner favorite outside! It starts with a quick marinade of lime zest, coriander, cumin, cayenne and olive oil, which you can then split in half and use to season chicken and shrimp for an instant two-for-one meal.

Get the Grilled Chicken Fajitas recipe.

grilled chicken with herbed corn salsa on a white plate
Mike Garten
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Grilled Chicken With Herbed Corn

Chicken chars up beautifully on the grill, but this dish is really all about the side — made with fresh herbs, sweet corn, salty Parmesan and lots of lemon juice.

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chicken satay with a spiralized carrot salad
Mike Garten
3 of 30
Chicken Satay With Spiralized Carrot Salad

Marinate boneless thighs in a scrumptious coconut-soy sauce for big flavor with little effort.

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barbecued chicken with roasted corn pudding on a blue plate
Mike Garten
4 of 30
Barbecued Chicken With Roasted Corn Pudding

Chicken legs are more affordable than breasts and thighs, yet taste great when thrown on the grill and basted with a store-bought barbecue sauce.

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RELATED: The Best Barbecue Sauces for Summer BBQs

grilled chicken skewer  and kale caesar salad on a white plate
Mike Garten
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Grilled Chicken Skewers and Kale Caesar

Serve simple skewers with a creamy, garlicky kale Caesar salad for a light summer meal that's ready in under 30 minutes.

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grilled spatchcock chicken with lemons and scallions
Mike Garten
6 of 30
Grilled Spatchcock Chicken

Rubbed down with garlic, parsley, lemon juice and mayo, this chicken is juicy and flavorful down to the last bite.

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grilled chicken sandwiches with tomato and pesto
Mike Garten
7 of 30
Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

Schmear these simple sandwiches with homemade pesto for a serious burst of flavor.

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chicken quinoa bowls grilled chicken recipes
Danielle Occhiogrosso
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Chicken Quinoa Bowls

Bring your grain bowl to the next level by adding grilled chicken to the equation.

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grilled basil chicken and zucchini over white rice
Mike Garten
9 of 30
Grilled Basil Chicken and Zucchini

For a lighter option, top a bed of rice — white, brown, cauliflower and so on — with basil-infused chicken and summer veggies.

Get the Grilled Basil Chicken and Zucchini recipe.

RELATED: 77 Quick Summer Dinner Ideas for Easier Weeknights

greek chicken grain bowl with tomatoes
Mike Garten
10 of 30
Greek Chicken Grain Bowl

Grilling isn't just for dinner! Bring some smoky char to your work lunch with this tasty make-ahead option.

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RELATED: Best Make-Ahead Meals to Fill up Your Fridge and Freezer

grilled chicken wings topped with sliced scallions on a blue plate
Mike Garten
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Grilled Chicken Wings

These grilled wings are sweet, smoky and pack a hidden punch of fiery spice. Serve as appetizers or with any of your favorite BBQ salads as a finger-licking good meal.

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RELATED: 23 Easy Chicken Wing Recipes to Make for Super Bowl Sunday

best grilled chicken recipes with a side of purple slaw on a white plate
Danielle Daly
12 of 30
Grilled Chicken With Coconut-Lime Slaw

Instantly transport yourself to a breezy tropical isle with this laid-back take on a zesty chicken breast atop a bed of crunchy greens.

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three grilled chicken sliders with a side of sliced radishes
Mike Garten
13 of 30
Grilled Chicken Sliders

Go mini with these three-bite sliders, topped with cucumbers, radishes and a sweet honey glaze.

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grilled chicken with smoky corn salad   grilled chicken recipes
Mike Garten
14 of 30
Grilled Chicken With Smoky Corn Salad

Charred corn, limes and green olives give this 30-minute meal all of summer's finest flavors and colors.

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RELATED: Creative Corn Recipes to Make All Summer Long

roasted tomato chicken grilled chicken recipes
Pernille Loof
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Roasted Baby Vine Tomato Grilled Chicken

Bring out the natural sweetness of cherry tomatoes by throwing 'em on the grill (along with chicken, of course).

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grilled chicken with white bbq sauce   grilled chicken recipes
Mike Garten
16 of 30
Grilled Chicken With White BBQ Sauce

Make this tangy mayo-meets-BBQ sauce from scratch and never buy the store-bought variety again.

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Chicken and Plum Salad - Grilled Chicken Recipes
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
17 of 30
Chicken and Red Plum Salad

Up the ante of this refreshing summer salad by charring red plums, too.

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bbq herbed drumsticks   grilled chicken recipes
Mike Garten
18 of 30
BBQ Herbed Drumsticks

Dress drumsticks in a homemade pesto (or store-bought!) for a unique take on a classic.

Get the BBQ Herbed Drumsticks recipe.

caribbean chicken and rice   grilled chicken recipes
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
19 of 30
Caribbean Chicken and "Rice"

Served on top of a healthy bed of cauliflower rice and black beans, sweet and spicy chicken really stands out.

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low calorie chicken souvlaki skewers meal
Anna Williams
20 of 30
Chicken Souvlaki Skewers

Recreate the tastes of the Mediterranean with these grilled chicken kebabs and garlicky tomatoes.

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RELATED: Your 1-Week Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan

quick chicken kabobs
Kate Mathis
21 of 30
Quick Chicken Kabobs

If you're looking for something simple and straightforward, this kebab is for you. They're great for a bigger crowd and pair with plenty of fresh BBQ side dishes.

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chicken breast recipes   grilled chicken romesco
Mike Garten
22 of 30
Grilled Chicken Romesco

Meet Romesco, your new favorite condiment filled with nutty, garlicky goodness.

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best grilled chicken recipes   jerk chicken
Danielle Occhigrosso Daly
23 of 30
Grilled Jerk Chicken With Mango Cucumber Salad

Another tropical take on a lean dinner, home cooks can hack their way through this 25-minute recipe using store-bought jerk seasoning.

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grilled chicken kabobs with chickpeas and bulgar on a white plate
Danielle Occhiogrosso
24 of 30
Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Keep it classic with this go-to grilling recipe. Pro tip: Soak skewers before grilling to prevent any flare ups.

Get the Grilled Chicken Kabobs recipe.

chicken fajita salad with lime cilantro vinaigrette
Con Poulos
25 of 30
Chicken Fajita Salad With Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette

Grill the avocados too for a smoky depth you don't usually get from a salad!

Get the Chicken Fajita Salad With Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette recipe from Woman's Day.

RELATED: 40 Easy Summer Salads That Pack in the Best Seasonal Flavors

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Beer Can Chicken

Try this method of cooking chicken atop an open can of beer to infuse it with moisture and flavor.

Get the Beer Can Chicken recipe from Woman's Day.

best grilled chicken recipes   grilled chicken caesar
Kate Mathis / Woman's Day
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Grilled Chicken Caesar Baguette

This ultimate crusty sub is the best element for your favorite creamy salad alongside robust grilled chicken. It's one of many healthy sandwich recipes you can reach for in warmer months.

Get the Grilled Chicken Caesar Baguette recipe from Woman's Day.

pressed grilled chicken salad sandwiches
Steve Giralt
28 of 30
Pressed Grilled Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Turn your go-to chicken salad recipe into a summer staple by cooking the chicken on the grill.

Get the Pressed Grilled Chicken Salad Sandwiches recipe from Woman's Day.

best grilled chicken recipes   grilled chicken pesto
BRIAN WOODCOCK
29 of 30
Grilled Pesto Chicken With Summer Squash

Folding toasted walnuts into store-bought pesto — then spreading it all over grilled chicken — takes this quick dish up a notch.

Get the Grilled Pesto Chicken With Summer Squash recipe from Country Living.

kale and romaine chicken caesar salad
Chris Court
30 of 30
Kale and Romaine Chicken Caesar Salad

Mix together bread and Parmesan cheese, then bake until golden brown, for crispy bites to serve on the side of this healthy salad.

Get the Kale and Romaine Chicken Caesar Salad recipe from Woman's Day.

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