12 essential grilled chicken recipes

Your barbecue called and it wants you to grill some chicken tonight.

12 essential grilled chicken recipes

Photo: Roberto Caruso

Grill all the chicken

Grilled Ginger-Sesame Chicken Salad

When we say chicken salad, you probably think Caesar, but this grilled chicken is on a bed of slaw. Napa cabbage, matchstick carrots and green onions make your base, with a spicy-sweet glaze on the meat. Get the recipe: Grilled Ginger-Sesame Chicken Salad

Bowl of salad with grilled chicken and julienned vegetablesPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Easy Barbecue Chicken Wings

Making these saucy little wings ain’t no thing. Once marinated, these guys go for a quick turn in the oven before hitting the grill, which gives them that crispy finish. Carrot sticks and ranch, too, please. Get the recipe: Easy Barbecue Chicken Wings

Plate of grilled chicken wings with cut up veggies in a bowl alongside themPhoto: Vincent Noguchi


Grilled Asparagus-Stuffed Chicken Breast

Feast your eyes on your new BBQ fave. Juicy chicken breast is hugging it out with tender-crisp asparagus and a pad of garlic-herb Boursin. Those veggies go down easier when coated by the cheese from the nice part of the grocery store. Get the recipe from Chatelaine: Grilled Asparagus-Stuffed Chicken Breast 

Asparagus wrapped by grilled chicken breast on a platePhoto: Erik Putz

Mexican Chicken Scallopini Fajitas

Skewer that chicken and grill it, then take that tortilla and fill it! Add cilantro, cheddar, sour cream and a squeeze of lime—oh, and don’t forget to remove the stick. Get the recipe: Mexican Chicken Scallopini Fajitas

Grilled tortilla with chicken, cheese and sour creamPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Honey-Glazed Chicken Skewers

Kids will love these sweet honey-glazed chicken skewers and the watermelon and cucumber salad—we’re almost willing to bet the grill on it. Get the recipe: Honey-Glazed Chicken Skewers

plate of chicken and veggie skewers with watermelon and cucumber salad on the sidePhoto: Andrew Grinton


Thai Grilled Chicken Salad

Here’s the situation: Marinated grilled chicken breasts, crunchy radishes and cucumbers sliced super thin, tossed with sweet yellow peppers in a light dressing. Got it? Get the recipe: Thai Grilled Chicken Salad

salad with grilled chicken, sliced radishes, cucumbers and yellow peppersPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Sweet Chili Chicken Sticks

Good news! You can fit an entire meal—sides and all—on one stick! These little cuties are great for small hands, but feel free to build up your skewer by repeating the grilled tomato, chicken, asparagus combo. Get the recipe: Sweet Chili Chicken Sticks

three skewers with chicken, asparagus and cherry tomatoesPhoto: Erik Putz

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

This kid-friendly version of the classic dish offers all the bold flavours of jerk chicken without being too spicy. The longer you leave it to marinate, the better it’ll taste (let it go overnight!). Get the recipe: Jamaican Jerk Chicken

plate with bbq chicken drum, cole slaw and beans and ricePhoto: Jodi Pudge


Grilled Chicken and Veg Chopped Salad

Grill all the things! Each of these components—the marinated chicken and veg, the crisp lettuce, fresh tomato and crumbled cheese—beg to be stuffed into a pillowy pita (grill that too!). Get the recipe: Grilled Chicken and Veg Chopped Salad

plate with grilled chicken, zucchini, red onion, mushrooms and lettuce and tomato

Lemon-Garlic Chicken

Lemon, garlic, olive oil and fresh rosemary make the best damn marinade—chicken needs as little as 20 min to soak it all up. Get the recipe from Chatelaine: Lemon-Garlic Chicken

chicken quarters on grill with lemon and rosemaryPhoto: Erik Putz

Chicken and Veggie Kebabs with Parmesan Potatoes

Meat and veggies on a stick—basically the best thing to ever happen to a barbecue. A side of addictive cheesy potatoes cooks up on the grill, too. You should make this. Get the recipe: Chicken and Veggie Kebabs with Parmesan Potatoes

grilled chicken, zucchini and mushroom skewers with cheesy potatoesPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Grilled Honey-Thyme Chicken and Potatoes

Grill lines just make food taste better, right? Baby potatoes and chicken drums sear up nicely in this quick and easy recipe. It goes from prep to table in just 45 minutes. Get the recipe from Chatelaine: Grilled Honey-Thyme Chicken and Potatoes

plate of grilled chicken drumsticks with grilled potatoes and baby kalePhoto: Roberto Caruso

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This article was originally published on May 24, 2019

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