43 Summer Chicken Recipes to Switch It Up All Season

These easy chicken ideas make weeknight dinners (and party staples!) so simple.

grilled spatchcock chicken with lemons and green scallions served on a white plate
Mike Garten

Chicken is an all-around mealtime hero, but these summertime recipes really let one of our favorite proteins shine with fresh ingredients and flavorful variations. These easy summer chicken recipes — featuring chicken breasts, drumsticks, thighs and chicken wing recipes galore — celebrate so many things we love about the warm weather. Pair any cut of poultry with fresh summer fruits (even fresh fruit desserts!) and veggies, and you’ve got a stunning summer dinner idea that the whole family will love.

Chicken’s versatility as a main course knows no bounds, and we’ve got plenty of options for your next gathering! Satisfy any craving you and your family have with our recipes spanning from roasted Tandoori chicken, buffalo burgers and so many salads. Sweet or spicy, grilled or fried, the possibilities are endless. Not to mention, these dishes go perfectly with any and every side, from grilled vegetable recipes to our favorite BBQ side dishes for your next summer function.

Quick and easy but still packed with flavor, these recipes will give you a whole new outlook on classic chicken, and are the perfect ending to a sunny summer day (besides dessert of course). So fire up the grill, set out the sides, and get the family together — chicken’s on the menu tonight!

shortcut crispy chicken sandwich sliced up
Mike Garten
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Shortcut Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Skip frying cutlets and lean on tasty chicken tenders to create the ultimate lunch (or dinner) fit for a family.

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chicken satay on skewers with spiralized carrot salad and dipping sauce
Mike Garten
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Chicken Satay with Spiralized-Carrot Salad

Switch the spiralized-carrot salad for zoodles to make this dish the perfect summer dinner.

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grilled spatchcock chicken with lemons on the side
Mike Garten
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Grilled Spatchcock Chicken

Take out the backbone of the chicken and lay it flat (we'll show you how to spatchcock a chicken step-by-step!) and it'll cook in half the time.

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grilled fajita kebabs on skewers
Mike Garten
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Grilled Chicken Fajitas

Spice up fajita night with these grilled chicken and vegetable skewers!

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roasted chicken  tomatoes on a blue baking dish
Mike Garten
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Roasted Chicken and Tomatoes

This one-pan dish is a simple but oh-so-satisfying end to a hot summer day.

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tandoori chicken with lemons and red onions
Mike Garten
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Tandoori Chicken

Roast this yogurt-marinated chicken in the air fryer to keep the heat out of the kitchen — it's hot enough outside!

Get the Tandoori Chicken recipe.

chicken taquitos with sour cream, pico de gallo, and fresh herbs
Mike Garten
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Chicken Taquitos

Serve up these quick and easy taquitos at your next summer gathering for a satisfying crowd-pleaser.

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a close up of a buffalo chicken burger with spicy mayo
sam kaplan
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Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Incorporate all the goodness of buffalo wings — juicy chicken, tangy hot sauce, blue cheese dip — into a delicious burger.

Get the Buffalo Chicken Burgers recipe.

RELATED: 33 Unique, Homemade Burger Recipes to Cook on Repeat

sheet pan chicken fajitas with a side of lime wedges
Danielle Daly
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Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Simply line your pan with roasted chicken and your favorite fajita veggies and voila: fajita night is on!

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cobb salad with avocados, soft boiled eggs, red onions, tomatoes, and bacon
Mike Garten
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Cobb Salad

When it comes to the perfect Cobb salad, it’s all about the toppings (and lots of ‘em!).

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greek chicken grain bowl with farro, tomatoes, cucumber and feta in a clear glass container
Mike Garten
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Greek Chicken Grain Bowl

Pack something cooling (and easy!) for work lunches this week.

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mediterranean chicken bowls with tomatoes and couscous on a white plate
Mike Garten
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Mediterranean Chicken Bowls

Cook chicken in the air fryer to keep the oven off (and the kitchen cool!) this summer.

Get the Mediterranean Chicken Bowls recipe.

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grilled chicken with smoky corn salad on a white plate
DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO DALY
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Grilled Chicken with Smoky Corn Salad

There's never been a better reason to fire up the grill than for this chicken recipe that calls for charred corn tossed with cilantro and Manchego cheese.

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chicken salad wraps with mixed greens
Mike Garten
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Coronation Chicken Salad Wraps

Serve up a meal fit for a queen with these delicious chicken salad wraps inspired by the classic British dish.

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RELATED: 30 Wrap Recipes to Bring Your Lunch Game to the Next Level

chicken roulades with marinated tomatoes on a white plate
Mike Garten
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Chicken Roulades with Marinated Tomatoes

An easy way to level up your basic chicken breast? Roll in spinach and parmesan to make a truly star-worthy roulade dish.

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grilled basil chicken and zucchini, topped with fresh basil
DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO DALY
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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.

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chicken and red plum salad with leafy greens
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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Chicken and Red Plum Salad

In this refreshing summer salad, up the ante by charring red plums, too.

Get the Chicken and Red Plum Salad recipe.

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

grilled chicken wings, topped with green scallions and served on a blue plate
Mike Garten
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Grilled Chicken Wings

Once you toss this game-day classic on the grill, you'll never go back to boring fried wings again.

Get the Grilled Chicken Wings recipe.

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chicken salad with red onions, limes, corn, and green lettuce in a clear container
Mike Garten
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Tex-Mex Chicken Salad

Zesty lime dressing brings summery vibes to this easy, make-ahead lunch.

Get the Tex-Mex Chicken Salad recipe.

seared chicken with pesto zucchini orzo on a white plate
Mike Garten
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Seared Chicken with Pesto Zucchini Orzo

Juicy chicken may be a weeknight dinner staple, but the herby orzo salad makes this meal special.

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chicken with preserved lemons and olives in a skillet
Mike Garten
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Chicken with Preserved Lemons and Olives

Try preserved lemons for a delicious tanginess you can't find in fresh citrus.

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grilled chicken with coconut lime slaw on a white plate
Danielle Daly
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Grilled Chicken with Coconut-Lime Slaw

Twenty minutes is all it takes to whip up this super-simple (and healthy!) weeknight meal.

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RELATED: 30 Grilled Chicken Recipes to Eat All Summer Long

a close up of grilled chicken sliders with slices of radish on the side
Mike Garten
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Grilled Chicken Sliders

The chicken gets coated in a honey, garlic and fish sauce marinade to make the ultimate sweet-and-salty snack at your next BBQ.

Get the Grilled Chicken Sliders recipe.

oil and vinegar chicken cutlet sandwiches on a plate
Mike Garten
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Oil and Vinegar Chicken Cutlet Sandwiches

Meet your next go-to lunch dish: a simple chicken cutlet sandwich that combines spinach, onion and vinegar on fresh baguette bread.

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chicken hot dogs with lettuce and tomatoes
Danielle Daly
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Chicago-Style Chicken Dogs

Sweet and spicy pickles and peppers give this barbecue favorite a fun twist.

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roasted baby vine tomato grilled chicken on a white plate
PERNILLE LOOF
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Roasted Baby Vine Tomato Grilled Chicken

For an easy way to add some extra flavor to your basic chicken cutlet, spoon on some roasted cherry tomatoes tossed with tarragon.

Get the Roasted Baby Vine Tomato Grilled Chicken recipe.

grilled chicken with white bbq sauce
Mike Garten
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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 souvlaki skewers with a side of grape tomatoes and green salad
ANNA WILLIAMS
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Chicken Souvlaki Skewers

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

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grilled buffalo chicken sandwiches on plates
BRIAN WOODCOCK
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Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Satisfy your wing craving with a hearty sandwich! The creamy-crunchy Blue Cheese-Apple Slaw will win over anyone.

Get the Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches recipe.

bbq herbed drumsticks
Mike Garten
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BBQ Herbed Drumsticks

Say hello to your easiest (1-ingredient!) marinade, pesto. Try it with store-bought or our homemade version.

Get the BBQ Herbed Drumsticks recipe.

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