Memorial Day Chicken Recipes

Browse trusted grilled chicken, fried chicken, chicken kabobs, and chicken sandwich recipes for your Memorial Day cookout or picnic.

Staff Picks

San Diego Grilled Chicken

Rating: 4.27 stars
This is a Southern California version of sweet and sour chicken, marinated and grilled with a little extra spice. Great for all barbeque lovers. I usually serve cut into lengths with fresh cilantro, homemade salsa, guacamole, black beans, and flour tortillas warmed on the grill. A little good Southern California karma never hurts anyone. This recipe is light enough to offset the first 2 margaritas. GO CHARGERS!!!

Rosemary Lemon Grilled Chicken

Rating: 4.42 stars
This simple, sensational marinade and sauce for grilled chicken features lemon, garlic, rosemary, and butter. Separate the marinade into thirds: 1/3 for marinating, 1/3 for basting, 1/3 for topping.

Bacon Jack Chicken Sandwich

Rating: 4.56 stars
These quick chicken sandwiches are great on the grill! Serve with your favorite toppings and condiments.

Chef John's Barbecue Chicken

Rating: 4.71 stars
When it comes to barbecued chicken, everyone wants that nice thick glaze of sauce attached to the skin, and the only way to do it, is 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.

Heather's Fried Chicken

Rating: 4.43 stars
A wonderful recipe for deep-fried chicken with a Southern taste all its own. The hint of tangy buttermilk under a crispy coating of deliciousness makes this chicken stand out.

Best Grilled Margarita Chicken... Ever!

Rating: 4.41 stars
You've tried the rest now try the best!

Grilled Greek Chicken

Rating: 4.73 stars
The secret to this simple grilled chicken is a very powerful marinade and 'roasting' it slowly over semi-indirect heat on the grill.

Southern BBQ Chicken

Rating: 4.51 stars
Slow-grilling over indirect heat keeps this chicken moist and tender. Giving the drumsticks a long rub with seasonings makes them taste great. Always baste at the end of grilling to prevent the legs from burning.

Key West Chicken

Rating: 4.32 stars
This recipe from the Florida Keys has been given to almost everyone I know. It is the best marinade for chicken, and it only takes 30 minutes from prep till you can grill! It's a great blend of flavors with honey, soy sauce, and lime juice. If you have time, try marinating overnight for the fullest flavor.

Unbelievable Chicken

Rating: 4.49 stars
This unusual combination of common ingredients is fabulous! Everyone who tastes it asks me to share the recipe. You will love it and the many compliments you get--I promise!

Cornell Chicken

Rating: 4.69 stars
This famous grilled chicken recipe was created by Dr. Robert C. Baker at New York's Cornell University. They say Dr. Baker was simply trying to invent an easy and delicious way to grill smaller, younger chickens, so that the local chicken farms could sell more birds. The doc's tasty recipe ended up being such a success that sales in the area soared, and the recipe became a statewide favorite.

Memorial Day Best BBQ Chicken Ever!

Rating: 4.49 stars
This recipe is everything off the shelf, nothing too fancy, but wonderful and perfect for grilling. Marinate, or add sauce directly to the chicken. Send the kids to do the dishes and enjoy the evening!

Inspiration and Ideas

Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken
Rating: Unrated
"This is our summer favorite grilled chicken! I follow the recipe as is, and make another batch of the sauce for dipping the chicken." – Julie Gilman
How To Fry Chicken
Get juicy fried chicken with a crispy golden crust every time you fry.

Triple Dipped Fried Chicken

Rating: 4.42 stars

This is the crispiest, spiciest, homemade fried chicken I have ever tasted! It is equally good served hot or cold and has been a picnic favorite in my family for years.