Outstanding Grilled Chicken Recipes for Your Next Cookout

Apricot-Thyme-Glazed Chicken
Photo: Brie Passano

Impress the family at your next cookout with our grilled chicken recipes, including juicy chicken burger recipes, zesty barbecue, and grilled chicken breast. Satisfying and delicious, grilled chicken is the perfect way to celebrate warm sunny days. Go ahead and bookmark this page because we know you'll be back to make them all.

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Grilled Chicken with Blueberry-Tarragon Sauce

Grilled Chicken with Blueberry-Tarragon Sauce
Carson Downing

Grilled chicken recipes like this one may look complicated but are actually easy to prepare. Chicken thighs are grilled while you make a homemade blueberry-tarragon sauce that is out of this world. For a simple, healthy side to complete the meal, we enjoy our grilled chicken with zucchini noodles.

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All-American Barbecued Chicken

All-American Barbecued Chicken
Andy Lyons

Celebrate the essence of backyard grilling with our take on the all-American classic: a balsamic barbecue sauce. To get a gorgeous (and delicious!) glaze, brush on the sauce only during the last 15 minutes of grilling; any longer and it will burn.

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Honey-Sriracha Grilled Chicken Thighs

Honey-Sriracha Grilled Chicken Thighs
Blaine Moats

Honey and sriracha make a beautiful sauce for this grilled chicken thigh recipe. It's a simple five-ingredient spicy chicken recipe that might have you breaking a bit of a sweat, but it's definitely worth it. Make some grilled veggies to complete the meal.

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Smoky Paprika Garlic Chicken

Smoky Paprika Garlic Chicken
Andy Lyons

The grilled chicken marinade in this easy recipe is one we're sure you'll make again. It's got a tasty blend of lemon juice, smoked paprika, and fresh mint that perfectly seasons the boneless chicken breasts.

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Quick Tandoori-Style Chicken

Quick Tandoori-Style Chicken
Blaine Moats

If you're a regular customer of the local Indian restaurant, make this easy grilled chicken recipe ASAP. The chicken kabobs are marinated in a zippy yogurt and curry mixture (make this up to 24 hours ahead!) before getting a quick go on the grill. Serve with basmati rice and mango chutney.

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Grilled Chicken Salad

Grilled Chicken Salad
Scott Little

Seasoned grilled chicken, pine nuts, creamy goat cheese, and juicy grapes top crisp greens in this main-dish salad. Try it with our quick and easy homemade garlicky vinaigrette.

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Chicken Caesar Burger

Chicken Caesar Burger
Andy Lyons

Check out this twist on classic burger recipes. The patties stay moist thanks to the onion and Parmesan cheese mixed in with the ground chicken. To finish, top each burger with Caesar salad dressing instead of ketchup.

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Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Glaze

Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Glaze
Andy Lyons

Watermelon, apple jelly, crushed red pepper, and hot sauce make a spicy-sweet glaze for this grilled chicken dish that's perfect for summertime. If you're interested in grilled whole chicken recipes, try our tip for butterflying chicken after the recipe.

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Mix 'N' Match Chicken Wings

Mix 'N' Match Chicken Wings
Andy Lyons

Grab the napkins! Whether it's game day or just a weekend hanging out on the deck with the fam, you'll love this grilled chicken wings recipe. Start with our basic hot wings marinade (buttermilk and hot sauce). From there, you get to choose the rub, sauce, and dip variations.

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Jerk Chicken with Avocado-Orange Salsa

Jerk Chicken with Avocado-Orange Salsa
Blaine Moats

The secret ingredient to making this outstanding grilled chicken recipe stand out from the rest? Coffee! That's right, our homemade jerk seasoning has a hint of ground coffee to make a richer flavor on the grilled chicken thighs.

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Tequila-Honey-Lime-Marinated Drumsticks

Tequila-Honey-Lime Marinated Drumsticks
Andy Lyons

This grilled chicken drumsticks recipe will make it hard to stop at just one piece. The spiked marinade really amplifies the sweet-smoky flavor of the chicken. We highly recommend including the optional add-ins of garlic, cumin, and shallots.

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Plank-Smoked Chicken with Grilled Corn Relish

Plank-Smoked Chicken with Grilled Corn
Andy Lyons

This fancy-looking grilled chicken recipe gives both the chicken and corn a nice smoky flavor. Cooking the chicken on a wood plank allows the chicken to achieve the grilled flavor you love while maintaining moisture.

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Mediterranean Grilled Chicken with Lemon-Cucumber Relish

Grilled Chicken with Lemon-Cucumber Relish
Andy Lyons

Following a Mediterranean diet is easy with grilled chicken recipes as delicious as this one. Juicy grilled chicken breasts are simply seasoned with cumin, salt, and pepper. Served with a lemon-cucumber relish and honey-yogurt sauce makes this an unforgettable summertime recipe.

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Ginger-Lime Chicken Sandwiches

Ginger Lime Chicken Sandwiches
Andy Lyons

Our top-rated chicken sandwich is infused with an irresistible marinade of cilantro, lime peel, lime juice, olive oil, honey, and ginger. Topped with creamy garlic mayo, this is one grilled chicken sandwich recipe that outshines any drive-thru sammie.

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