Ahh, the scent of barbecues wafting through the summer air. Ready to fire yours up? These grilled chicken recipes are perfect for serving up for summer dinners.
Marinated, rubbed, smothered, kabobed, charred … there are so many good ways to bring big flavor to grilled chicken. These 21 recipes from Sarah’s Cucina Bella and other bloggers around the web showcase creative, international flavors that can make your summer grilling extra special.
Which one will you make first?
Grilled Chicken with Kale Salmoriglio Sauce
Thin-cut chicken breasts are seasoned well with salt and pepper and then drizzled with a little olive oil. Then it’s grilled to juicy, golden perfection. The salmoriglio sauce is an Italian green sauce with a warm, but slightly tart flavor. As far as grilled chicken recipes go, this one is a step beyond the ordinary.
Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches
A tasty alternative to traditional Chicken Cordon Bleu. Thin-cut chicken breasts (a total dinner time saver!) are seasoned well with salt and pepper. Then they are quickly grilled to juicy perfection — it only takes a few minutes per side. Finally, they are topped with slices of ham and cheese. Dish them onto rolls and enjoy.
Marinated Grilled Chicken
With notes of garlic and basil, this Marinated Grilled Chicken recipe is delightful served over rice with caramelized onions and sauteed mushrooms. It’s also lovely served on salad.
Grilled Chicken, Pineapple and Ham Kabobs
Chicken is marinated in teriyaki marinade, giving it a sweet-savory flavor. Then it’s threaded onto skewers with sweet pineapple and smoky ham. What a great grilled dinner.
Grilled Chicken Caesar Strips
Grilled Caesar Chicken Strips are a fresh take on the classic Italian dressing-marinated grilled chicken. Grilled to perfection, these are perfect served with a salad.
Grilled Island Chicken
The flavorful, rich grilled chicken is fantastic with the smoky-sweet grilled pineapple … and it all goes so well with rice and salad.
Grilled Rosemary Chicken
This grilled chicken has a flavor that’s decidedly rosemary and supported with notes of lemon and garlic. Try this with some lightly flavored pasta and roasted broccoli.
Grilled Balsamic Chicken
Marinated with a balsamic marinade featuring garlic and rosemary, this chicken is slightly tangy, slightly sweet and grills up with a lovely rich color. Try it. Plus, this recipe makes good leftovers for salads or wraps.
Mojito Grilled Chicken Thighs
Marinated in a mojito marinade similar to the beloved drink, this flavorful grilled chicken recipe is from the blog Vikalinka. The marinade is filled with rum, mint and lime juice but the traditional sugar is replaced with salt. And some added garlic adds to the zing. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?
Grilled Chicken with Fennel and Apricots
She Loves Biscotti
Fennel lovers will adore this recipe for Grilled Chicken with Fennel and Apricots from She Loves Biscotti. A spice rub flavors the chicken. Grilled apricots bring a little sweetness. And the whole thing is finished off with honey-olive oil glaze and a squeeze of lime juice. Juicy chicken, with a perfect balance of sweet and savory — Yum!
Grilled Chicken with Peach Jalapeño Salsa
The View from Great Island
Warm, marinated chicken is grilled and then topped with cool, sweet and spicy salsa. You cannot go wrong with a flavor combination like this.
Grilled Chicken with White Barbecue Sauce
How do you make tender, juicy grilled chicken every time? Kalyn from Kalyn’s Kitchen has a few tricks up her sleeve (hint: those slits in the chicken help!). In this recipe, Kalyn makes a chicken marinade with some of the ingredients in the white barbecue sauce that is served with this chicken
North African Grilled Chicken and Veggie Bowls
Beyond Mere Sustenance
These nutritious, and super-flavorful bowls are filled with North African components – roasted vegetables with dukkah, grilled chicken marinated in lemon juice and ras el hanout, whole grains and a bit of yogurt sauce. That’s a whole lot of flavor. For the grain, the author likes these with freekeh, but other grains would work as well too (I bet they’d be delightful with farro).
Grilled Chicken Caprese with Balsamic Sauce
Taste and See
Fresh tomatoes, a balsamic reduction, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil. This hearty grilled dish not only looks pretty on the plate, but also brings tons of flavor. Yes, please.
More Grilled Chicken Recipes To Try
- Simple Grilled Chicken Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette, Appetite for Energy
- Grilled Monterey Chicken, A Kitchen Addiction
- Easy Freeze-Ahead Chicken Kebabs, Fuss Free Flavours
- Grilled Chicken Skewers with Thai Peanut Sauce, The Rustic Foodie
- Grilled Greek Chicken, What a Girl Eats
- Garlic and Lemon Linguine with Chargrilled Chicken, The Improving Cook
- Maple Dijon Grilled Chicken, Simply Stacie
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.