15 Favorite 5-Star Grilled Chicken Recipes
We love chicken on the grill. It's easy to cook, endlessly versatile, and a real family-pleaser. And these five-star grilled chicken recipes are some of our absolute favorites — featuring classics like tangy barbecue chicken and grilled chicken taco salad, along with everything from teriyaki to tandoori-style grilled chicken. There's enough variety here to keep you thrilled about grilled chicken all season long.
Grilled Greek Chicken
"The secret to this simple grilled chicken is a very powerful marinade — featuring garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, and vinegar — and 'roasting' it slowly over semi-indirect heat on the grill," says Chef John.
Spicy Grilled Stuffed Chicken Breast Sandwich
You'll stuff marinated chicken breasts with avocado, jalapeno pepper, and Monterey Jack cheese. Grill them up, brush with barbecue sauce, and serve on a Kaiser roll.
Grilled Chicken with Rosemary and Bacon
Chicken breasts are seasoned simply with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and fresh rosemary, and wrapped in bacon. "This recipe comes together so easy with minimal prep," says Skoo.
Chef John's Tandoori Chicken
The secret to Chef John's tandoori-style grilled chicken thighs is a pre-made spice mix. You'll marinate chicken thighs in yogurt, lime juice, and a special spice mix. "Tandoori chicken gets its name from the clay oven it is traditionally cooked in, the tandoor," explains Chef John. "Don't worry if you don't have a tandoor clay oven sitting in the backyard; a grill will work just fine."
Aztec Chicken with Sweet Potato-Corn Mash
Marinated in honey, garlic, and ancho spice, this Aztec-style chicken is grilled and served over a creamy roasted corn-sweet potato mash. "A great taste of central Mexico with a little heat and quite a bit of flavor,' says Vintage Chef. "Garnish with two grilled plantain halves or banana and cilantro."
Grilled Lemon Yogurt Chicken
Grated lemon zest, herbs and spices, crushed garlic, lemon juice, and Greek yogurt create a tangy marinade that's the key to this grilled chicken. A few hours in the refrigerator, and the chicken is perfect for grilling. "There is something special about what yogurt does to chicken in its smoky, sizzling time over charcoal," says Chef John. "It imparts a tangy flavor that lifts all the other flavorings. It tenderizes slightly, without turning the meat into mush. It grills to a caramelized dark brown without tasting burnt."
Easy Grilled Chicken Teriyaki
Chicken breasts are marinated in teriyaki sauce, lemon juice, garlic, and sesame oil, then grilled to a tasty finish. "Be sure to grill very hot and very fast," recommends prissycat. "Very easy and great for a hot summer's evening. Leftovers are great on a green salad or sandwich."
Chef John's Barbecue Chicken
"When it comes to barbecued chicken, everyone wants that nice thick glaze of sauce attached to the skin," says Chef John. "And the only way to do it is to brush it on as it cooks. Therein lies the problem. Because of the sugar content, it only takes a minute for a barbecue sauce to go from brick-red to solid black. I just 'mark' the chicken's vulnerable skin side, then cook it all the way through in a closed grill, brushing on the glaze as it cooks." Watch Chef John avoid the bane of barbecue season — burnt barbecue chicken.
Chicken Tikka Masala
Bite-size pieces of chicken breast are marinated in yogurt and spices, threaded onto skewers, grilled, and served in a luscious tomato cream sauce. "This is an easy recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala on the grill," says Yakuta. "Serve with rice or warm pita bread."
Grilled Chicken Spiedies
"The term 'spiedie' (SPEE-dee) comes from 'spiedo,' the Italian word for spit, and simply refers to meat grilled on a skewer," says Chef John. "This incredibly delicious sandwich, invented in central New York by an Italian immigrant named Camillo Iacovelli, breaks all the accepted rules regarding marinating meats, and not only does it work. It's amazing!"
Grilled Chicken Taco Salad
Spice-rubbed grilled chicken breasts are served over a bed of lettuce, black beans, and salsa. Grilled corn tortillas make a smoky shell for this outstanding taco salad.
Chef John's Calabrian Chicken
This grilled chicken was inspired by the flavors of Calabria, Italy. The marinade features Calabrian crushed chili peppers, rosemary, an anchovy filet, vinegar, citrus, and egg. You'll mix up the marinade in the blender. "I served these spicy grilled game hens on a bed of romaine lettuce with a spoonful of the Calabrian chile paste for garnish," says Chef John. "It's a very delicious, flavorful, moist chicken."
Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Chicken
"I love the flavor of lemongrass and this dish did not disappoint!" says reviewer spicerack. "So yummy! I made the marinade in the morning and cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces and left the chicken to marinate for the day (approximately nine hours). I put them on skewers and grilled them on a grill pan. Served them over rice with grilled veggies. My husband AND my three year old loved it. So yummy! Will definitely make again."
Grilled Five Spice Chicken
Here's Chef John's version of a popular Southeast Asian grilled chicken dish. As Chef John puts it: "Chinese 5-spice powder has a proven track record of awesomeness when combined with smoky, caramelized meats." The marinade stars five-spice seasoning, plus ginger, garlic, chile sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, and rice vinegar.
Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken
"To spatchcock a chicken you need to remove the backbone of the chicken and spread it open like a book," says Bibi. This method for grilling a whole chicken lets the interior heat up faster and more evenly than the traditional method for grilling a whole chicken. Use your favorite rub and sauce, if you like."