12 Amazing Ways to Grill Chicken this Summer

Got chicken? Got a grill? Then you're halfway to making any of these twelve delicious recipes! From chicken satay to chili garlic chicken to grilled spatchcocked chicken, you enough recipes to keep you happy all summer long.

Summers are a bit chaotic with my kids being home all day AND when it’s scorching outside, it’s hard to find the motivation to cook anything. Thankfully, I have a trusty grill that has saved my sanity more times than I can count, especially since I cook for eight people every night.

Cooking for so many people definitely comes with some challenges, and when planning my menu, I need meals that are fast and healthy, and I definitely need them to stay within a reasonable budge.

Enter: CHICKEN! It’s my go-to meat of choice because it can be grilled and served in a variety of ways (think kabobs, drumsticks, on top of salads!) and it’s a healthy protein that doesn’t break the bank.

It’s no wonder why chicken + grilling is my formula to success to getting dinner on the table during these summer months!

Grilled Chicken Breast Recipe

Simplicity at its finest! Brining the chicken for a quick thirty minutes is the key because it allows the chicken breasts to absorb enough moisture so they don’t dry out when grilling!

Peanut Satay Chicken

These do take some time to marinate, but they only need about 8 minutes of grilling time, which is perfect for the scorching summer days when you don’t want to turn on the oven and you also  don’t want to spend a ton of time in front of the grill!

Ginger-Orange Spatchcocked Chicken

Q: Why spatchcock a chicken, especially when grilling? A: Your chicken will grill more evenly (win), it cooks a little faster (another win), and it makes it easier to cut into serving pieces (triple win!).

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken on plate

The acidity from the lime juice acts as a tenderizer and really adds a zip to your chicken. Not a fan of cilantro? Try adding in some freshly grated ginger to the marinade instead! Serve alongside refried black beans or Mexican quinoa salad for a complete meal!

Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers

I’ve made these time and time again, and they just make me swoon every time. I love them because they’re fresh, healthy, and easy to make and my kids love the fact that the chicken is on skewers, which makes this a dish the whole family loves!

Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken Recipe

This salad is ready in under a half an hour! Grill the chicken AND the bread for the ultimate smoky experience. Want to make this a gluten-free dish? Use gluten-free bread for the croutons!

Grilled Chicken with Salsa Verde

Prep time is extremely minimal with this dish and grilling the chicken helps keep the mess outside. Serve alongside a simple corn salad, on warmed corn tortillas, or over rice! The choice is yours!

Greek Chicken Skewers with Flatbread and Yogurt Sauce (Chicken Souvlaki)

Get ready to chow down with fresh Mediterranean flavors! Tangy yogurt, fresh veggies, and warm flatbread will be your newest summer obsession!

Grilled Chicken with Chili Garlic Sauce

All you need to do is set this chicken on top of a bowl of rice, and dinner is served! The honey in the marinade balances out the heat from the chili garlic sauce, so don’t skip it!

Grilled Chicken Tarragon with Tomato Sauce

Tarragon really is the star of the show in this dish, but if you don’t like it or don’t have any on hand, basil is a perfectly acceptable substitute! The sauce cooks up while the chicken is being grilled, so this is ready in no time.

Chicken Pineapple Kabobs Recipe

Food on a stick is always a hit! Add in the fact that juicy pineapple, crisp peppers, and tangy yogurt sauce are a powerful trio, and you’ve got a dinner that even the pickiest of eaters will love!

Chipotle Grilled Chicken with Avocado Sandwich

Grilled chicken, creamy avocado, and crisp lettuce are the perfect sandwich combination! We've added mayo to this sandwich, but if you're not a fan, feel free to mash up the avocado instead. Serve alongside fresh watermelon and corn on the cob for a fun summer dish!

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Claudia Cash

Claudia is the Community Manager for Simply Recipes, and finds joy building relationships with our readers through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. As the mother of 5 girls, she is passionate about family dinner and having that time together every day to connect with those we love, even if it's over toast and eggs.

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