22 of Our Best Grilled Chicken Recipes

Cooking chicken over an open flame renders it irresistibly charred and smoky

Burgers and hot dogs are cookout favorites, but chicken deserves a place on your grill as well. Cooking chicken over an open flame renders it irresistibly charred and smoky, and chicken tastes great with any of your summer produce. Easy to grill, kebabs are a great choice for a cookout. Chicken satay is a Thai takeout classic infused with traditional Indonesian spices like lemongrass, garlic, and ginger. Or try tavuk kebabi, marinated in a thick, flavorful mixture of mint, Aleppo pepper, and Turkish sweet red pepper paste that caramelizes on the grill.

Find all of these dishes and more in our collection of our favorite grilled chicken recipes.

Honey-Grilled Chicken with Citrus Salad

Honey-Grilled Chicken with Citrus Salad
This grilled chicken dish is the Holy Trinity of weeknight cooking: delicious, quick, and made from easy-to-find ingredients. Get the recipe for Honey-Grilled Chicken with Citrus Salad »Farideh Sadeghin

Blueberry BBQ Chicken

blueberry bbq chicken
Similar to a shrub—a fruit syrup punctuated by vinegar—this blueberry sauce makes a bracing drink when mixed with club soda or booze. It's also the first step in a fruity vinaigrette and is a perfect glaze on oven-baked chicken. Keep in mind this is not a marinade. Brush it on toward the end of cooking and let the chicken soak up more of the sauce before serving. The final soak is key. Get the recipe for Blueberry BBQ Chicken »Tim Robison

Cilantro and Lime Chicken with Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad

Cilantro and Lime Chicken with Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad
A simple and fresh black bean salad with grilled corns pairs perfectly with a quick marinated and grilled chicken. Get the recipe for Cilantro and Lime Chicken with Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad »Farideh Sadeghin

Calabrian Chicken Wings

Scott Conant Calabrian wings
Spicy 'nduja, a fresh pork sausage made with Calabrian chili peppers, heats up the brick red marinade—teeming with tart lime juice, ginger, and garlic—for these char-grilled chicken wings from celebrity chef and cookbook author Scott Conant. Get the recipe for Calabrian Chicken Wings »Matt Taylor-Gross

Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Shawarma

Grilling, Chicken Shawarma
Soak up the flavorful juices of these Mediterranean-spiced chicken skewers by resting them on grilled pita during the final stages of cooking in this dish from Ana Sortun, who uses yogurt's natural acidity to tenderize tough cuts of meat. Get the recipe for Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Shawarma »Michael Turek

Grilled Chicken and Toasted Coconut Salad (Ayam Jeruk)

Grilled Chicken and Toasted Coconut Salad (Ayam Jeruk)
For this vibrantly spiced Balinese dish, finely shredded grilled chicken is tossed in an aromatic sambal with lime juice and toasted coconut. Get the recipe for Grilled Chicken and Toasted Coconut Salad (Ayam Jeruk) »Ingalls Photography

Iraqi Yellow Spice-Rubbed Chicken (Djaj Bil-Bahar Il-Asfar)

Iraqi Yellow Spice-Rubbed Chicken (Djaj Bil-Bahar Il-Asfar)
This fragrant spice-rubbed grilled chicken was a favorite of former SAVEUR Assistant Editor Felicia Campbell when she was deployed to Iraq. Get the recipe for Iraqi Yellow Spice-Rubbed Chicken (Djaj Bil-Bahar Il-Asfar) »Todd Coleman

Mint & Aleppo Pepper Marinated Chicken Kebabs (Tavuk Kebabi)

Mint & Aleppo Pepper Marinated Chicken Kebabs (Tavuk Kebabi)
A thick, flavorful marinade of mint, Aleppo pepper, and Turkish sweet red pepper paste caramelizes on the outside of these grilled chicken kebabs. Get the recipe for Mint & Aleppo Pepper Marinated Chicken Kebabs (Tavuk Kebabi) »Laura Sant

Adobo Chicken Under a Brick

Adobo Chicken Under a Brick
A zesty Cuban-inspired marinade infuses the chicken with flavor, and grilling it flat on a plancha results in delicious crispy skin. Get the recipe for Adobo Chicken Under a Brick »Todd Coleman

Spice-Rubbed Chicken with Duck Sauce

Spice-Rubbed Chicken with Duck Sauce
The fiery chile-based rub on this chicken is balanced by a basting of sweet-sour duck sauce. Get the recipe for Spice-Rubbed Chicken with Duck Sauce »Laura Sant

Char Siu Chicken

Char Siu Chicken
Char siu (meaning "fork roast") is typical in Chinese cuisine and normally gets its red hue from food coloring. In this rendition, beet powder, a natural alternative, lends the bright red color and adds a little sweetness. Get the recipe for Char Siu Chicken »Drew Anthony Smith

Thai Grilled Chicken with Sweet Chile Sauce (Gai Yahng)

Thai Grilled Chicken with Sweet Chile Sauce (Gai Yahng)
Though the chicken is normally spatchcocked for this smoky Thai specialty, cutting it into pieces works just as well. Get the recipe for Thai Grilled Chicken with Sweet Chile Sauce (Gai Yahng) »Austin Bush

Beijing Chicken Wings (Mi Zhi Ji Chi Chuan)

Beijing Chicken Wings (Mi Zhi Ji Chi Chuan)
These crisp-skinned, deeply flavorful wings get their tingly, mouth-numbing spice from Sichuan peppercorns and a finishing drizzle of hot sesame–chile oil. Get the recipe for Beijing Chicken Wings (Mi Zhi Ji Chi Chuan) »Todd Coleman

Chicken Satay (Satay Ayam)

Chicken Satay (Satay Ayam)
These fragrant chicken skewers are infused with traditional Indonesian spices like lemongrass, garlic, and ginger. Get the recipe for Chicken Satay (Satay Ayam) »Todd Coleman

Smokestack's Chicken Wings

Smokestack's Chicken Wings
These crisp-charred chicken wings are bathed in a spiced butter sauce. Get the recipe for Smokestack's Chicken Wings »Todd Coleman

Alabama-Style Chicken Sandwiches with White Sauce

Alabama-Style Chicken Sandwiches with White Sauce
This recipe for hickory-smoked chicken sandwiches served with tangy, mayonnaise-based white sauce originated in 1925, when railway worker Big Bob Gibson dug a pit in his backyard in Decatur, Alabama, nailed a plank-oak serving table to a sycamore tree, and started smoking barbecue for friends, co-workers, and passersby. Get the recipe for Alabama-Style Chicken Sandwiches with White Sauce »Todd Coleman

Pesto-Rubbed Chicken with Panzanella

Pesto-Rubbed Chicken with Panzanella
Pesto genovese adds herbal brightness to this grilled chicken served over a toasted bread salad, but any flavor pesto will work. Get the recipe for Pesto-Rubbed Chicken with Panzanella »Todd Coleman

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Full of fiery chiles and warm spices, the all-purpose seasoning for this dish can be used as a rub on pork, goat, fish, and vegetables, as well as chicken. Get the recipe for Jamaican Jerk Chicken »Todd Coleman

Grilled Chicken with Red Onion Jam

Grilled Chicken with Red Onion Jam
A thick, sweet red onion jam makes for a great accompaniment to this herbaceous grilled chicken. Get the recipe for Grilled Chicken with Red Onion Jam »Helen Rosner

Grilled Chicken in Caramelized Onion Sauce (Yassa Poulet)

Grilled Chicken in Caramelized Onion Sauce (Yassa Poulet)
This classic Senegalese dish utilizes the marinade by cooking it down into a sweet-tart sauce for the grilled chicken. Get the recipe for Grilled Chicken in Caramelized Onion Sauce (Yassa Poulet) »Todd Coleman

Guam-Style Chicken with Red Rice (Tininon Mannok yan Hineska' Agaga)

Guam-Style Chicken with Red Rice (Tininon Mannok yan Hineska' Agaga)
Marinated with the traditional Guam-style sauce finadene, a blend of cane vinegar, soy sauce, and aromatics, this succulent grilled chicken is served with annatto-tinged red rice at the cart PDX 671. Get the recipe for Guam-Style Chicken with Red Rice (Tininon Mannok yan Hineska' Agaga) »Todd Coleman

Chile-Spiced Grilled Chicken (Pollo al Horno)

Chile-Spiced Grilled Chicken (Pollo al Horno)
Stained deep orange with achiote paste, this spice-slathered grilled chicken pairs well with fresh, bracing salsa verde, which cuts through the dish's garlicky richness. Get the recipe for Chile-Spiced Grilled Chicken (Pollo al Horno) »Todd Coleman