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Charred over glowing coals or cooked with open flames on a gas grill, smoky, caramelized chicken is anything but bland. And if you throw together a spice rub, whip up a tangy sauce, or make a stuffing with fresh herbs, the humble yard bird soars. There’s a world of ways to grill chicken, either whole or its tender parts: Jamaicans invented jerk, Texans boast about barbecue, Nigerians have peppery suya, and the Mughals introduced yogurt-based tikka to India in the 16th century. And let’s not forget satay, kebabs, yakitori, or souvlaki. 

A welder named George Stephen invented the first modern barbecue grill in 1952 for Weber in Mount Prospect, Illinois, and American backyards haven’t been the same since. So, get grilling: Here are our favorite grilled chicken recipes from the archives, for the next time you’re fired up for wings, salads, or bánh mì.  

Grilled Chicken Tikka Kebabs

Grilled Chicken Tikka Kebabs
Photography by Thomas Payne

These juicy skewers get their complex flavor from a marinade infused with chaat masala and ginger-garlic paste. Get the recipe >

Honey Grilled Chicken with Citrus Salad

Honey-Grilled Chicken with Citrus Salad
Photography by Farideh Sadeghin

Chicken pieces slathered with rosemary-honey sauce pair sweetly with a tart, nutty salad of oranges, dates, and pistachios. Get the recipe >

The Best Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken Recipe, best jamaican jerk chicken
Photography by Ted + Chelsea Cavanaugh

In Jamaica, pimento wood is essential for those dark, crusty edges that define jerk chicken. The zesty marinade for this island-style recipe includes Scotch bonnet peppers, allspice berries, and Jamaican rum. Get the recipe >

Calabrian Chicken Wings

Calabrian Chicken Wings
Photography by Matt Taylor-Gross

Cured pork ‘nduja and the chile paste called bomba di Calabria heat up the brick-red marinade for these char-grilled chicken wings. Get the recipe >

Cilantro and Lime Chicken with Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad

Cilantro and Lime Chicken with Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad
Photography by Farideh Sadeghin

A bright, citrusy dressing makes this simple seared chicken a flavorful weeknight favorite. Before serving, top the charred corn, bean, and red cabbage salad with queso fresco. Get the recipe >

Char Siu Chicken

Best Char Siu Chicken Recipe
Photography by Belle Morizio; Food Styling by Victoria Granof; Prop Styling by Dayna Seman

This Texas-style take on a Cantonese classic uses beet powder to give it a naturally bright red color and a kick of sweetness. Get the recipe >

Grilled Chicken and Avocado Bánh Mi Sandwiches

7 Grilled Chicken Recipes to Heat Up Your Next Cookout
Photography by Zachary Zavislak

Chicken and creamy, ripe avocado make a great combo in any sandwich, but a Vietnamese version seals the deal with Andrea Nguyen’s “Any Day Viet Pickle,” a crunchy đồ chua of daikon and carrot. Get the recipe >

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