The Best Grilled Chicken Recipes

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Don’t be afraid of undercooking or drying out chicken on the grill. Instead, try these 28 grilled chicken recipes for expertly flavored and perfectly cooked grilled chicken every time.

Grilled boneless skinless chicken on a plate with grilled lemon garnish.
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Chicken is the most consumed meat in the United States. But it’s far from boring! We like to think of chicken as a blank canvas–perfect for covering in flavor and smokey goodness. We’ve gathered up 28 of our favorite grilled chicken recipes so you’ll never have another boring weeknight dinner again.

From grilled chicken thigh recipes to grilled chicken breast recipes, we’re showcasing many of our most preferred ways to cook chicken. Scroll down for instructions on how to prepare them, as well as more of our favorite grilled chicken recipes.

Seasoning

When it comes to a good grilled chicken seasoning look no further than our savory and delicious no sugar chicken rub.

Easy Homemade Chicken Seasoning in a mason jar
4.72 from 21 votes

Easy Grilled Chicken Seasoning (Dry Rub)

Recipe for grilled chicken seasoning. This is a great dry rub for hot and fast grilling. It is also sugar free and gluten free. 
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Want something with a little more kick? Try our blackening spice or our jerk chicken seasoning.

jar of blackened seasoning
4.50 from 4 votes

Blackening Seasoning Recipe

This savory and smoky blackening seasoning has the earthiness of chili spice with the savory elements of kosher salt and dried spices and a gorgeous red color to it. It's perfect for fish, chicken, and pork.
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5 from 1 vote

Jerk Seasoning Recipe

A blend of herbal and baking spices combined with heat for the perfect blend of flavors. A great Jamaican Jerk Seasoning for pork or chicken.
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Grilled Chicken Recipes

Grilled chicken can be a little intimidating for people. Too often people are afraid of undercooking chicken, which instead results in overcooked, dry, and boring chicken. With the right dry rub, techniques, and an understanding of how to grill chicken, you can make fantastic grilled chicken every time. It’s also great when used in a Grilled Chicken Salad or Buffalo Chicken Sliders.

Have a gas grill? We have you covered with a tutorial on how to grill chicken on a gas grill without burning it!

Whole Grilled Chicken

These whole grilled chicken recipes will go well with every one of your favorite side dishes. It’s ideal for brunches and barbeques. Grilled chicken can also be delicious on spaghetti, and sandwiches. For a well-balanced lunch, pile your dish high with fruit and vegetables, as well as a serving of nutritious grains in addition to this lean protein.

Wine Can Chicken on the Grill
4.86 from 7 votes

Grilled Wine Can Chicken

A take on the classic beer can chicken, but with the added twist of a bright and fruity can of wine.
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Smoke Roasted Pellet Grill Whole Chicken on a cutting board
4.80 from 5 votes

Pellet Grill Whole Chicken Recipe

Add mild smoke flavor with this pellet grill whole chicken recipe. It starts with a savory poultry rub, and then aromatics stuffed into the cavity. Roast for 90 minutes in the grill for a juicy and flavorful chicken.
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Grilled Chicken Thighs, Legs, and Quarters

Chicken thighs and legs contain more fat than a boneless, skinless chicken breast so they handle high heat well without drying out. Bone-in chicken quarters also help to shield leaner meat from the high heat while cooking.

Chicken Thighs being cooked over indirect heat on a Big Green Egg grill
5 from 3 votes

Grilled Chicken Thighs Recipe with BBQ Sauce Glaze

Perfectly grilled chicken thighs using a two zone charcoal cooking method and finished with a BBQ sauce glaze.
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chicken lollipops
4.67 from 3 votes

Grilled Chicken Lollipop Recipe

Frenched chicken drumsticks that are grilled and then finished with a barbecue sauce, honey, and Sriracha glaze. Chicken Lollipops make for a perfect appetizer.
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4.80 from 5 votes

How To Grill The Perfect Chicken

How to make perfect Grilled Chicken every time, with any cut of chicken. This fool proof method will get you great flavor, crispy skin, and juicy texture for the best chicken ever. 
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balsamic glazed chicken
5 from 2 votes

Grilled Balsamic Glazed Chicken Recipe

Delicious savory rubbed chicken grilled to perfection with a sweet and tangy rosemary balsamic glaze. This is one of our favorite grilled chicken recipes.
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Grilled Chicken with Chilies and Prunes
5 from 1 vote

Ancho Grilled Chicken Recipe with Ancho and Prune Sauce

Combine grill roasted rich prunes and earthy ancho chilies mixed with grilled chicken for a unique and delicious chicken dinner. 
*Adapted from a New York Times recipe, provided by Pedroncelli Winery (link in notes below).
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Pieces of grilled Jerk Chicken on a platter
4.75 from 4 votes

Jerk Chicken Recipe

Inspired by the flavors of Jamaican Jerk Chicken, this recipe has a marinade with citrus, savory, and heat and then grilled for the perfect texture.
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Grilled Apricot Lime Chicken on a sheet pan
4.80 from 10 votes

Apricot Glazed Grilled Chicken Recipe

Easy recipe for Apricot Glazed Grilled Chicken. Chicken pieces, soaked in a buttermilk bath, grilled to perfection, and finished with a sweet and spicy apricot glaze. 
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Jerk Grilled Chicken with dry rub on a plate.

Jerk Grilled Chicken Recipe

An easy grilled chicken with Jerk Seasoning and cooked using a two-zone grilling method. The flavor is sweet, aromatic, and spicy.
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Grilled Chicken with a Cranberry Chipotle Citrus Glaze
5 from 2 votes

Grilled Chicken with a Cranberry Chipotle Citrus Glaze

Recipe for Grilled Chicken with a sweet and spicy Cranberry Chipotle Citrus Glaze. This chicken is sweet, spicy, tangy.
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Grilled Chicken with Cherry Chipotle BBQ Glaze
4.80 from 5 votes

Cherry Chipotle BBQ Sauce Glaze with Grilled Chicken

A delicious sweet and spicy Cherry Chipotle BBQ Sauce Glaze. A great way to use summer cherries and add great flavor to grilled chicken. Easy to make. 
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Grilled Chicken with Blackberry BBQ Sauce
4.67 from 3 votes

Blackberry BBQ Sauce Recipe with Grilled Chicken

Grilled Chicken with Blackberry BBQ Sauce. A great way to use summer berries and jazz up grilled chicken.
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Sriracha Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken
5 from 2 votes

Grilled Sriracha Sweet Chili Chicken

Grilled Sriracha Sweet Chili Chicken is perfect balance of savory, sweet, and spicy grilled chicken. Chicken marinaded in soy and herbs, grilled to perfection, and finished with a sweet chili, sriracha, and citrus glaze.
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Grilled Chicken Breast

Chicken breasts are one of the most basic and inexpensive cuts of meat. Jazz up this plain Jane poultry with any number of seasonings and glazes.

blackened seasoned chicken breasts
4.80 from 5 votes

Grilled Blackened Chicken Breasts Recipe

Grilled and Blackened Chicken Breast is a great way to add intense flavor to chicken. With herbal and earthy flavors, this recipe will make your mouth water.
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5 from 2 votes

Grilled Stuffed Buffalo Style Chicken Breast Recipe

These Buffalo Stuffed Grilled Chicken Breasts have all of the intoxicatingly delicious flavors of Buffalo wings, but without any guilt! In this recipe we're stuffing boneless skinless chicken breasts with the amazing flavors you find at your favorite wing joint, then cook them on the grill to perfection.
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Grilled Marinated Chicken Kebabs
4.50 from 2 votes

Grilled Chicken Kabobs with Citrus Marinade

Grilled Chicken Kebabs with a Citrus marinade. A simple and flavorful chicken dish.
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Chipotle Shredded Grilled Chicken
5 from 2 votes

Chipotle Honey Grilled Chicken

An easy and delicious recipe for spicy and sweet Chipotle Honey Grilled Chicken. Grilled marinated chicken, shredded and perfect for tacos, sliders, sandwiches, and so much more. 
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Grilled boneless and skinless chicken breast sliced on a plate.
4 from 1 vote

Savory Grilled Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Recipe

Perfectly grill chicken breasts with a savory dry rub that packs a flavor punch and is still juicy.
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Grilled Chicken Wings

The wings are one of the smallest and yet most expensive parts of a chicken, but for good reason! They are beyond tasty. Especially when grilled.

grilled chicken wings on a plate
4.69 from 22 votes

Grilled Chicken Wings Recipe

The best grilled chicken wings with crispy skin, using corn starch. We're finishing with a honey barbecue sauce for truly the best BBQ wings recipe!
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Grilled Chicken Wings with Spicy Peanut Sauce on a platter with dipping sauce
4.72 from 7 votes

Grilled Chicken Wings Recipe with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Perfectly grilled chicken wings with crispy skin, with a spicy and savory peanut sauce.
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Marinades and Dry Rubs for Grilled Chicken

Try adding flavor before you cook with a dry rub or marinade.

chicken in baggie of marinade
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Chicken Marinade

A simple and easy chicken marinade great for grilled chicken, plus the components for a great marinade!
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grilled chicken fajitas in a cast iron skillet
4.50 from 6 votes

Grilled Chicken Fajitas Recipe with Chipotle Marinade

A tasty and slightly spicy garlic chipotle marinade for chicken, and how to use it for Grilled Chicken Fajitas.
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Easy Homemade Chicken Seasoning in a mason jar
4.72 from 21 votes

Easy Grilled Chicken Seasoning (Dry Rub)

Recipe for grilled chicken seasoning. This is a great dry rub for hot and fast grilling. It is also sugar free and gluten free. 
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Homemade Dry Rub for pork and chicken in a mason jar
4.41 from 364 votes

Pork Rub – Ultimate Dry Rub for Chicken & Pork

A fantastic homemade pork rub great for pork and chicken. Our Ultimate Dry Rub adds savory and sweet flavors to provide a wow factor to your next BBQ. 
This recipe builds upon our homemade Basic Dry Rub and adds more complexity and bold flavors.
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