The 43 Most Delicious Grilled Chicken Recipes For Summer


​Summer is in full swing and what screams Summertime more than grilling dinner outdoors! Grilled chicken is my favorite and so we’ve compiled the 43 Most Delicious Grilled Chicken Recipes for Summer!

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken on a platter with grilled pineapple

Grilling is one of my favorite ways to prepare dinner. It’s quick and simple and it tastes so delicious! Grilled chicken is one of my personal favorites for quick dinners and also for delicious leftovers. But just plain grilled chicken can get a little boring after a while. You want to spice things up! So with that in mind, we’ve compiled some of the best recipes for grilled chicken we could find just for you! We’ve got them all in one list so you don’t have to go searching! We’ve done the work for you! Let’s dig in and decide which recipe we want to try first!

What cut of chicken should I grill?

You can grill any cut of chicken! Boneless chicken breasts, bone-in chicken breasts, boneless thighs, bone-in chicken thighs, chicken wings, chicken legs, leg quarters, even the whole chicken… the sky is the limit! Cooking times will vary and bone in chicken will take longer to cook for sure, so you may have to adjust the cooking times on the recipes. I always suggest using an instant-read thermometer to make sure your chicken is fully cooked. 

What temperature should my grill be on to cook chicken?

That depends on a lot of things! How long does the recipe call for? What’s the thickness of your chicken? How big is the piece of chicken? The temperature of the grill will vary from recipe to recipe. You may want to use direct heat zones and indirect heat zones. The temperature of your grill will also be determined by the thickness of the chicken breast. If it’s a super thick piece of chicken, you’ll need to grill lower and slower so that your chicken doesn’t burn on the outside only to be raw on the inside. 

How can you tell when the chicken is done?

How to tell when grilled chicken is done is an age-old question that keeps a lot of people from grilling. There are a few ways to tell if your chicken is done. First and safest (and the best way), is a good meat thermometer (I like a digital thermometer). Chicken breast is done when the safe internal temperature of the chicken reaches 160*. I like to go to 165* for good measure. Put the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat and make sure it registers 160* and it’s done! Proper temperature is super important with chicken. You don’t want to get food poisoning. 

If you don’t want to use a food thermometer, you can poke the chicken and see how firm it is, along with using visual cues like slicing it open (Just a small incision) to make sure there are clear juices coming from the chicken and there is no pink juice still. Also, look at the color of the meat, chicken breast (white meat) should be totally white, no pink! Sometimes doing this will result in overcooked chicken and your meat will be dry due longer cooking time on the chicken. We don’t want that, we want juicy chicken!

Can you freeze grilled chicken?

Good news! Yes, you sure can! And it’s amazing! Just make sure you wrap your leftover chicken really well so you don’t get freezer burn. It’s got a shelf life of six months in the freezer. I like to freeze leftover grilled chicken in smaller portions so I can use them for a future meal, quick meals, and lunches like salads, wraps, chicken salad, or add them to pastas or soups! Heck, I’ll make extra chicken just so I can load the freezer up with leftovers!

To freeze the chicken I like to wrap it up in plastic wrap and then additionally put the chicken in an airtight container in the freezer. You can also put the wrapped chicken in plastic freezer bags too! Vacuum sealers work VERY well for freezer preservation of food too. I love mine! It sucks out as much air as it can and it gives the best results for no freezer burn in my opinion. 

As a general rule of thumb, I just let the frozen chicken thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then I use it the next day. As always, when you dethaw meat, check for signs of spoilage and foul smell. (You don’t want to eat food that has bacterial growth! Danger Zone! No go!). 

Helpful Grilling Equipment

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Before we dive into all the grilling, here are some super helpful tools for grilling!

  • Oven Mitts – This is a heavy and hot dish! Make sure you have good oven mitts to protect your hands!
  • Santoku Knife – You don’t have to go out and buy a nice knife. BUT, if you were in the market for a knife, this is the one I couldn’t do without, and the one I go for time and time again. It’s wonderfully and beautifully made. I’ve had this knife for over 10 years and it’s my favorite thing in my entire kitchen. You truly do get what you pay for in knives. These are made in Germany, but are widely sold in the United States now. You can go way higher in quality as well, this is just a starting point.
  • Cutting Board – I’ve had these for years and I love them. Mine are red! They are the perfect sizes, easy to store, and have a little groove around the edges to stop juices from flowing all over. This is the cutting board I go to time and time again when I’m cooking.
  • Tongs – I really like these tongs! Especially for slow cooker or instant pot meals. The rubber on the ends of the tongs prevents the tongs from cutting right through tender meat and vegetables.
  • Grilling Utensil Kit – Here are all the tools you need for a successful session!

43 Delicious Grilled Chicken Recipes

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken on a platter with grilled pineapple
Hawaiian BBQ Chicken
Perfectly tender chicken is always a winning option and you can’t go wrong with this simple, eight ingredient grilled chicken recipe. This chicken and pineapple recipe offers such wonderful tropical flavors, as well as blending the sweet, tangy and savoury elements for a mouthwatering result.
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Grilled Tandoori Chicken on parchment paper with lime wedges
Grilled Tandoori Chicken – Summer Grilling Recipe
Grilled Tandoori Chicken is a juicy and delicious side or main dish, the best option for summer backyard barbeques.
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Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken on a wooden cutting board with tomatoes and avocados and cilantro topping
Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken
This healthy Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken is simple to prepare and packed with flavor! Low carb, Keto friendly, and perfect for summer!
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Grilled Bruschetta Chicken on a white plate on a wooden table, topped with a fresh sprig of basil.
Grilled Bruschetta Chicken
Grilled Bruschetta Chicken is a delicious, low-carb meal that packs big flavor. Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil, and more combined into a tasty dish!
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Smothered Balsamic Mushroom Grilled Chicken in a cast iron skillet on a blue and white checkered towel
Smothered Balsamic Mushroom Grilled Chicken
This Keto Friendly Smothered Balsamic Mushroom Grilled Chicken and can be made all in one skillet! Filled with Savory vegetables and balsamic vinegar!
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Grilled Chili Lime Chicken on a white plate with cilantro and a lime cut in half.
Grilled Chili Lime Chicken (Gluten-Free, Paleo, Allergy-Free)
You’ll want this spicy and zesty recipe on the grill asap! Grilled Chili Lime Chicken that’s a delicious healthy entree for your next bqq or cookout! It’s gluten-free, paleo, and allergy-free; perfect for pleasing the crowd and awakening the taste buds!
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Coriander Garlic Grilled Chicken with a Green Goddess Sauce on a plate with a halved lemon.
Coriander Garlic Grilled Chicken + Green Goddess Sauce
The lemony tang of coriander with garlic, compliment smoky grilled chicken. Add a green goddess sauce to brighten this gluten-free, paleo entree further!
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A whole chicken sitting upright on a beer can in a pan on the grill.
Grilled Beer Can Chicken Recipe
If you’re looking for a recipe to feed a crowd, go with Grilled Beer Can Chicken. And it’s pretty much a set it and forget it recipe,
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Grilled Chicken Margherita - Olive Garden Copycat Recipe
Grilled Chicken Margherita – Olive Garden Copycat Recipe
Craving a dish of Olive Garden’s Grilled Chicken Margherita? This copycat Olive Garden recipe is easy, delicious, and made at home!
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Easy Grilled BBQ Chicken piled up on a white plate with bbq on the side on a white table.
Easy Grilled BBQ Chicken
Experience the ultimate summer delight with our easy grilled BBQ chicken recipe. Juicy and flavorful, this foolproof recipe will make your outdoor dining a hit!
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Grilled BBQ Chicken Breasts partially sliced up on a white plate
Grilled BBQ Chicken Breasts
For juicy, sauced, & seasoned grilled bbq chicken breasts, this summer easy recipe is the best. The crispy crust & tender meat is ready in 30 minutes.
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Vietnamese Grilled Chicken on a plate with some slaw salad
Vietnamese Grilled Chicken
Grilled Vietnamese chicken breasts are crazy good & easy to make. The salty, sweet, sour, & slightly spicy marinade is an Asian-inspired basting sauce.
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Grilled chicken on a black platter with great char marks and grilled lemons on the platter
How to Grill Perfect Chicken
How to make Perfect Grilled Chicken. This fool proof method will get you great flavor, crispy skin, and juicy texture for the best chicken.
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Shortcut Grilled Chicken Pizza made and sitting on a wooden cutting board with sprigs of fresh herbs.
Shortcut Grilled Chicken Pizza
Shortcut Grilled Chicken Pizza is a shortcut recipe perfect for outdoor cookouts. This easy recipe for halfway homemade pizza starts with store bought pizza dough or Naan bread. Make it with Thai flavors or Southern BBQ pizza version. Once you’ve tried grilling a pizza, you may never go back to the pizza stone in the…Read More
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Shortcut Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Tenders on a black plate with a dish of spicy peanut sauce on the side.
Shortcut Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Tenders (with Spicy Peanut Sauce)
Shortcut Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Tenders and Spicy Peanut Sauce both start with bottled marinade! The skewers of chicken strips are sweet and tangy and the sauce has just enough spiciness to measure up to any bowl of chicken wings for summer barbecues or game days. Not looking for a snack or appetizer? Serve these grilled…Read More
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Chicken on the grill for Pollo Asado al Carbon: Mexican Grilled Charcoal Chicken
Pollo Asado al Carbon: Mexican Grilled Charcoal Chicken
Pollo Asado al Carbon, or Mexican charcoal chicken is one of our favorite grilled chicken recipes. Juicy chicken is marinated in citrus and chipotle before being grilled to perfection on your BBQ grill or over a live fire.
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Honey Beer BBQ Chicken and Waffles recipe has a waffle with sliced grilled chicken on top with a white cream sauce drizzled all over the chicken.
Honey Beer BBQ Chicken and Waffles
Juicy, tender, beer-marinated barbecue chicken served in a fluffy soft waffle topped with an herbed buttermilk ranch dressing and generous drizzle of honey. Rethink traditional chicken and waffles and go to the grill with my Honey Beer BBQ Chicken and Waffles.
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This recipe is Pesto Chicken with Basil Tomato Cream and has sliced grilled chicken on a plate covered in tomatoes and pesto sauce with fresh basil sprinkled on top
Pesto Chicken with Basil Tomato Cream
Pesto and cheese stuffed chicken breasts, topped with a fresh tomato and basil cream sauce. Pesto Chicken with Basil Tomato Cream. This is a long time favorite, madeover for weeknight ease.
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This is a large white platter filled with Portuguese Chicken Piri Piri, which is grilled chicken and a red sauce in a bowl on the side, with grilled lemons on the platter as well
Portuguese Chicken Piri Piri
Portuguese Chicken Piri Piri – a delicious spicy BBQ treat – Grainfree, Glutenfree, Sugarfree, Dairyfree, Paleo, SCD, Low Carb
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Grilled chicken with sauce on a grill for Cornell Chicken BBQ
Cornell Chicken BBQ
This Cornell Chicken Recipe is a legacy from the empire state of New York. Created nearly 100 years ago by a Cornell professor, it’s still as tasty as ever. Read this recipe from Platter Talk Food and Lifestyle Community and learn how to Barbecue Chicken on the grill.
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White bowl filled with fettucine alfredo pasta with grilled chicken on top covered with cheese and parsley
Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo
Olive Garden Grilled Chicken and Alfredo Sauce is made up of a creamy sauce that takes only 30 minutes! Creamy chicken alfredo is perfection.
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Low Sodium Grilled Chicken Recipe made and served on a white plate with dry rub spices and asparagus in the background.
Low Sodium Grilled Chicken Recipe
This low sodium grilled chicken recipe is a summertime favorite, tossed with salt-free spices and cooked on a hot grill to perfection
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Easy Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken in a black skillet
Easy Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken
Made with a flavorful and super easy 5-ingredient marinade, this mouthwatering lemon pepper chicken will be your next go-to recipe!
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Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken on a white platter with grilled pieces of lemon.
Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken
Juicy Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken cooks in just 4 minutes! It’s a chicken paillard recipe pounded thin and grilled fast! Delicious flavors.
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Cast iron skillet with Grilled Chicken Margherita Olive Garden Copycat recipe, covered in tomatoes and pesto
Grilled Chicken Margherita Olive Garden Copycat
Our Grilled Chicken Margherita Olive Garden copycat has all the flavors you know and love in a simple, flavor-packed restaurant style dish!
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Best Ever Margarita Chicken on a wooden cutting borad with fresh jalepenos and limes for garnish.
Best Ever Margarita Chicken
Margarita Chicken is infused with tequila and citrus, then grilled to perfection. You’ll love our homemade margarita marinade for chicken!
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Grilled Romaine Salad with Chicken on top on a white platter
Grilled Romaine Salad with Chicken
Indulge in the savory delight of Grilled Romaine Salad — the smoky essence of charred romaine meets the tenderness of rotisserie chicken.
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Korean Kimchi Chicken in a white bowl on a table with fresh slices of lemon.
Korean Kimchi Chicken
Bring Korean BBQ home with this Korean kimchi chicken recipe. Chicken thighs are marinated in an Asian sauce and then grilled to perfection.
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Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken on a white plate with fresh avocado, limes and cilantro.
Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken
Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken is perfect for a summer BBQ cookout! Mexican dinner recipe full of fresh bright flavors. Use chicken breasts, thighs, or legs. Gluten free, dairy free, keto low carb.
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Grilled Chicken on a platter with fresh parsley garnish
Grilled Chicken
Grilled chicken breasts are the perfect spring and summer recipe. The Chicken marinates anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours and is tender, flavorful, and moist every time.
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Grilled Chicken Thighs in a cast iron skillet with fresh herb garnish
Grilled Chicken Thighs
Grilled Chicken Thighs guarantees juicy and super flavorful chicken every time! With 5 minutes of prep, it is made using simple pantry spices
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Pesto Pasta Salad with Chicken in a white bowl on a white tablecloth covered table.
Pesto Pasta Salad with Chicken
Pesto pasta salad with chicken is a quick, easy, and wildly flavorful pasta salad recipe! A great option for potlucks, picnics, BBQs, or as a light summer meal.
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Tandoori Chicken with rice and a slice of fresh lemon on a white scalloped plate.
Tandoori Chicken
This homemade Tandoori chicken is hearty, savory, creamy, and flavorful! Great for an easy and healthy family dinner.
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Whole30 Grilled Chicken Strawberry Salad with chicken, strawberreis, red onions and pecans in a white bowl.
Whole30 Grilled Chicken Strawberry Salad (Keto)
This Whole30 salad with grilled chicken and strawberry is easy, healthy and delicious. This salad is great for lunch, dinner and meal prep.
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Chicken Fajitas on a white plate on a table with limes and peppers
Chicken Fajitas
These homemade chicken fajitas taste like they are from a restaurant! They are sizzling hot, fresh, spicy, and so flavorful.
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Grilled Chimichurri Chicken sliced on a cutting board with a chimicurri sauce on top.
Grilled Chimichurri Chicken
Tender juicy chicken bursting with fresh herbaceous flavors from chimichurri sauce. It’s a fabulous midweek meal.
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Easy Grilled Chicken Breast (with Ranch) sliced on a wooden cutting board.
Easy Grilled Chicken Breast (with Ranch)
This easy, 3-ingredient Grilled Ranch Chicken will be a dinnertime star with its bold flavor and juiciness thanks to a secret ingredient.
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Grilled Chicken Quesadilla on an iron skillet
Grilled Chicken Quesadilla
You will get a double dose of grilled flavor in this Grilled Chicken Quesadilla when you grill the chicken first, then grill the quesadilla.
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Grilled Chicken Fajitas on a platter with tortillas and condiments for fajitas.
Grilled Chicken Fajitas
Grilled Chicken Fajitas! A homemade fajita marinade makes deliciously tender chicken! Serve with grilled peppers and onions for a quick, healthy meal!
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Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken on parchment paper and sliced.
Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken
Easy Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken is tender & juicy… totally irresistible! This can be grilled (or baked) for the perfect summer meal or salad topper!
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Grilled Tequila Chicken Recipe (Chicken Marinade) on a platter with grilled tortillas and grilled pineapple.
Grilled Tequila Chicken Recipe (Chicken Marinade) – Butter & Baggage
Tequila Lime Chicken – so EASY with a marinade of Tequila, agave, orange and lime juice, a family favorite and perfect for Cinco de Mayo.
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Chicken with Plum Sauce and Grilled Plums on a white plate and a white tablecloth and plums.
Chicken with Plum Sauce and Grilled Plums
Chicken with Plum Sauce and Grilled Plums is super easy and a tasty, healthy late summer meal! Grilled plums are just bursting with flavor!
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Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad on a wooden platter with croutons and forks nearby.
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
A flavorful marinade creates the most delicious Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad topped with easy homemade focaccia croutons.
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What to Serve With Grilled Chicken

Here are some super yummy recipes to serve with your grilled chicken!

​Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What type of grill should I use to cook my chicken?

The sky is the limit! Use whatever kind of grill you want! We have a gas grill at our house, but a charcoal grill is also delicious to use when grilling chicken! And a smoker can make some wonderful chicken, too! Make sure to follow grilling safety!

Is boneless chicken breast healthy?

It is! chicken breast is definitely part of a healthy diet, especially when you grill it! It’s a great way to choose a healthier option for dinner, that’s for sure! Chicken breast is an excellent source of protein and it’s heart-healthy too!

Wrap-Up: The 43 Most Delicious Grilled Chicken Recipes For Summer

So there you have it! Cooking chicken breasts can be flavorful and delicious! There are so many different ways to prepare a lovely and healthy grilled chicken dinner! Boneless skinless chicken breast never disappoints and it’s just delicious every time! Always remember to use proper food safety precautions for handling raw meat (Especially raw chicken), don’t leave your food out at room temperature for too long to prevent harmful bacteria, and make sure you have cooked your chicken to a safe temperature (160*!) and you’ll be enjoying chicken all summer long! 

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