BBQ & Grilled Chicken Recipes

Best grilled and BBQ chicken recipes. See top marinades for moist meat and big flavor.

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Grilled Chile-Cilantro-Lime Chicken

Rating: 4.8 stars
This easy chile-cilantro-lime chicken is salty, sweet, sour, and spicy. It's great on salads, with rice, or in burritos and wraps!

Grilled Chicken Satay

Rating: 5 stars
Fire up the grill for this Indonesian-inspired chicken satay. Skewers of perfectly cooked chicken are served with a fresh and flavourful peanut sauce. So delicious that no one will be able to have just one!
By Anonymous

My Favorite Grilled Chicken Ever

Rating: 5 stars
Kelli Bhattacharjee gave me this recipe, which was a winner one year at Versailles Poultry Days. I made a few changes to it and this is hands down my favorite grilled chicken ever! I have literally been making it at least once a week since I've had the recipe. Try it. You won't be disappointed! This is absolutely delicious and makes a very moist and flavorful finished product.

Copycat Chipotle® Chicken

Rating: 4.82 stars
Just a small amount of effort for this delicious and healthy meal. You can use this chicken for tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, or fajitas. Just add your favorite toppings such as lettuce, salsa, rice, beans, cheese, or sour cream. Enjoy!

Grilled Lemon Yogurt Chicken

Rating: 4.54 stars
There is something special about what yogurt does to chicken in its smoky, sizzling time over charcoal. 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.

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Peach and Cherry Salsa

Rating: 5 stars
Toss together a lively peach and cherry salsa, and serve on top of grilled chicken thighs. We wait all year for fresh stone fruit, so take advantage of the abundance and dish up a slightly different take on salsa. Grilling chicken thighs seems to be a bit more forgiving than white meat. The marinade for the chicken is tasty, too!

Spicy Honey-Lime Chicken Thigh Kebabs

Rating: 4.75 stars
The flavors of summer come alive in these colorful grilled kebabs, complete with a kick of heat from the Sriracha and sweetness from honey. If using wooden skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes prior to using to prevent burning. Serve over rice and garnish with lime zest if desired.

Simple Grilled Hot Wings

Rating: 5 stars
Very simple hot, hot wings for grilling. Marinate your chicken in a simple hot sauce and grill up while basting those spicy wings with more of that sauce so that none goes to waste!

Chicken Tikka Masala

Rating: 4.4 stars
This is an easy recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala--chicken marinated in yogurt and spices and then served in a tomato cream sauce. Serve with rice or warm pita bread.

Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders

Rating: 4.33 stars
The perfect marriage of smoky and sweet flavors is what you'll get when you use the outdoor grill to cook up these chicken tenders! I like to use center-cut bacon since it is leaner and less likely to cause flare-ups. I find cutting the bacon lengthwise, and then using the thin strips to wrap the bacon, is much easier than trying to wrap using a wide strip. Use your favorite BBQ rub on the chicken!

Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce

Rating: 4.74 stars
Greek kabobs. Fantastic flavor for chicken. Marinade can also be used for pork.

Rotisserie Chicken

Rating: 4.74 stars
This is a great easy recipe that our family loves. It's perfect as the main dish of a simple meal with French fries and cole slaw.

Inspiration and Ideas

Favorite 5-Star Grilled Chicken Recipes

We love chicken on the grill. It's easy to cook, endlessly versatile, and a real family-pleaser. There's enough variety here to keep you thrilled about grilled chicken all season long.

Greek Island Chicken Shish Kebabs

Rating: Unrated
"Super delicious! I've tried many other marinades and this is the best!" – annisa_j

Beer Butt Chicken

Rating: 4.67 stars

A whole chicken is seasoned and slowly cooked on the grill. This is a bit unorthodox, but the end result is moist, flavorful, and amazing. All you'll need is some chicken, butter, beer, and seasonings.