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15+ Delicious Grilled Chicken Recipes

The best grilled chicken recipes all in one place! Recipes for chicken breasts, thighs, wings, skewers, and drumsticks that will have you enjoying all kinds of chicken on the BBQ.

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BBQ Chicken is Where it’s at

Everyone loves grilled chicken – am I right? Throw any kind of chicken on the grill and it’s sure to taste great. Some simple seasonings or a marinade and you are set for an easy chicken dinner.

Looking for more? Check out all of our healthy appetizer recipes!

But chicken can be boring sometimes, so if you are looking for something new browse through the easy BBQ recipes below and find some inspiration for your next grilling session.

Some Grilled Chicken Marinade Options

Before we get to the recipes, check out our 5 easy homemade marinade recipes.

Chicken is a great protein because you can throw it in any one of those marinades for an hour and have a tasty chicken dinner on the table in no time. The homemade teriyaki marinade is my favorite for chicken breasts or thighs.

PRO TIP: Marinate chicken at least 20 minutes before cooking, or up to 24 hours if you are planning in advance.

Grilled Chicken Breast

Chicken breast is one of the most popular for grilling. It takes on whatever seasoning or marinade you put on it and cooks quickly on the grill. Just don’t overcook it because it will dry out.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Bowl
This cilantro lime chicken bowl is everything you need for a EASY Paleo + Whole 30 meal. Marinated chicken over cauliflower rice with a creamy avocado sauce!
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Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken from Real Food with Jessica
This Paleo Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken is flavorful and just a little sweet. It’s gluten free, dairy free, and so delicious!
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Lemon Herb Grilled Chicken from The Whole Cook
You’ll love the simple lemon marinade on this grilled chicken! It’s so easy, bright, and flavorful.
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Mango Chile Chicken Bowls from Cotter Crunch
Mango chile chicken bowls are healthy and delicious, with sweet and zesty flavor. Make this chicken recipe in an oven or on a grill.
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Grilled Chicken Thighs

I think chicken thighs might be my favorite for grilling. They cook quickly and have more flavor than breasts. Because they have a little more fat, they stay juicy and don’t dry out.

Korean BBQ Chicken (Paleo + Whole30)
An easy recipe and flavorful marinade, this Paleo + Whole30 Korean BBQ chicken is authentic and tasty! Grilled chicken thighs are an easy weeknight dinner.
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Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap
This grilled chicken bacon ranch wrap is easy to make, perfect for summer and packs a salty crunch. It's like a chicken BLT in wrap form!
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Mediterranean Grilled Chicken
Juicy, mouth-watering grilled chicken thighs – mediterranean style! A simple marinade adds the flavor and you'll top it all off with a tangy dill sauce.
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Grilled Chicken with Chipotle-Whiskey BBQ Sauce from The Defined Dish
Grilled skin on chicken thighs with a red sauce brushed on and cilantro sprinkled on top
This Grilled Chicken with Chipotle-Whiskey BBQ Sauce will seriously impress your family and friends this summer as grilling season begins.
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Grilled Chicken Kebabs

Kebabs, kabobs or chicken skewers – what do you call them? I just call them delicious. Skewers are perfect for grilling because they cook quickly and you can combine a lot of different flavors together and eat the finished product with your hands!

Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free + Refined Sugar-Free)
These Paleo Hawaiian chicken kabobs are a healthy way to enjoy barbecue teriyaki flavor without the gluten, soy and refined sugars.
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Chicken Satay with Sunbutter Sauce from Real Food with Jessica
Chicken skewers on a gray background with ramekin of sunbutter sauce in middle
Chicken Satay with Sunbutter Sauce is a take on the popular Thai dish. Marinated chicken that is grilled then dipped in a flavorful sauce.
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Grilled Sesame Chicken Skewers from The Defined Dish
Grilled chicken skewers on a plate over rice
The flavors of these Grilled Sesame Chicken Skewers are outstanding and you’ll be wanting this one on repeat for the rest of the summertime!
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Grilled Chicken Wings

Chicken wings on the grill are such a quick and easy treat! You’ll get the charred, crispy skin from the BBQ and you can slather or dunk the wings in any kind of delicious sauce you want.

Lemon Garlic Grilled Chicken Wings from Paleo Running Momma
Plate of grilled wings with lemon wedges and chopped herbs
These delicious, grilled chicken wings have an easy sauce with lots of bright lemon, savory garlic, and fresh herbs.
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Grilled Chicken Wings with 3 easy sauces from The Endless Meal
Close up angle shot of a grilled chicken drumette being dipped in sauce
Grilled Chicken Wings are the best chicken wings ever! The smoky flavor from the grill is delicious. Eat them hot off the grill or with one of my three favorite sauces.
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Whole30 Keto BBQ Chicken Wings from Tastes Lovely
Overhead shot of a pile of grilled chicken wings on a white plate
This is the simplest 2 ingredient dinner you’ll be making all summer long. These Whole30 Keto BBQ Chicken Wings are a huge favorite for my family, and they’re ready in 30 minutes!
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Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

Chicken drumsticks are my favorite piece of chicken to grill. They have plenty of dark, rich meat that won’t dry out on the grill even if you overcook it a little. Plus, that crispy grilled skin is to die for!

Easy Grilled Chicken Drumsticks
Grilled chicken drumsticks on a plate with BBQ sauce and pepper
With a simple and flavorful seasoning rub, these easy grilled chicken drumsticks are sure to be a hit at your next BBQ. Easy salty, smoky and juicy flavor!
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Grilled Chicken Shawarma Drumsticks from Rachel Cooks
Flavorful grilled chicken shawarma drumsticks will become a summertime favorite. With the flavors of chicken shawarma that you know and love!
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Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with Maple Dijon & Chili Sauce from Cookin Canuck
Take your backyard barbecue from good to great with these tender and tasty Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with a savory-sweet Maple Dijon Chili Sauce.
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Sides to Serve with Grilled Chicken

We know that summer grilling is all about getting together with friends and family. Bring your favorite side dish, throw some meat on the grill and have a good time!

Here are some healthy side dish recipes that go well with any kind of grilled chicken.

The Best Potato Salad with Bacon (Paleo + Whole30)
It's like a classic potato salad but better. Loaded with savory bacon, smoked cheddar cheese plus some crunchy celery and green onions, this creamy and delicious potato salad with bacon is sure to be a family favorite!
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Healthy Grilled Vegetable Marinade
Close up overhead shot of oval bowl filled with grilled vegetables
This healthy marinade for grilled vegetables uses balsamic vinegar in place of sugar. Marinate the veggies after grilling for best results.
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Rich and Creamy Keto Coleslaw
A creamy low carb coleslaw with only 7 ingredients! A simple homemade keto coleslaw dressing pairs with crunchy cabbage, broccoli and jicama.
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Asian Cucumber Salad (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
A simple and flavorful summer salad, this Asian cucumber salad is THE easy side dish for your next BBQ! A healthy Paleo, Whole30 + Keto cucumber salad recipe with a light and easy sauce.
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Healthy Grilled Sweet Potato Fries Recipe
Vertical overhead image of grilled sweet potato fries on a grilling pan with ketchup and chipotle aioli on the side.
These grilled sweet potato fries are salty and sweet, and they are a great healthy side dish to enjoy all summer long! Paleo and Whole30 friendly.
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Collage image with text in middle. Red chicken thighs top left, stacked chicken bacon ranch wrap top right, grilled chicken drumsticks bottom right and grilled lemon herb chicken breasts bottom left

Grilled pineapple chicken on a plate with sliced green onions on top

15+ Delicious Grilled Chicken Recipes: Pineapple Chicken

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
The best grilled chicken recipes all in one place! Recipes for chicken breasts, thighs, wings drumsticks and more – every kind of chicken on the BBQ. This recipe for healthy grilled pineapple chicken thighs is a BBQ staple! With a simple pineapple marinade, this easy grilled chicken is a crowd pleaser.
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh pineapple, skin removed and cut into rounds with the core removed (see recipe notes)
  • 2 lbs boneless chicken thighs (or breasts)

For the marinade:

  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice (or sub water if you don't have any)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 4-6 pitted dates, soaked for 10-15 minutes in warm water to soften then drained
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

For serving and topping:

  • White or cauli rice (Cauli rice for Whole30)
  • Mixed greens
  • Chopped green onions (for topping)
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Instructions 

  • Soak dates in warm water as noted to soften. 
  • To make the marinade, place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and run continuously to combine all the ingredients until smooth. Stop to scrape sides down as needed and restart.
  • Place chicken in a shallow bowl or dish and pour the marinade over. Toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  • When you are about ready to grill, cut pineapple into rounds as noted. Cut out the tough inner core from the rounds and set aside.
  • Heat your grill to high heat (about 500° F). Add the chicken and pineapple to grill and cook, flipping once and basting chicken with any remaining marinade until cooked through, about 5-6 minutes on each side depending on the size of the chicken. Remove pineapple when it is grilled to your liking (we grilled it just 3-4 minutes per side). 
  • Serve chicken and pineapple with your desired side, over rice or over greens (or greens and rice). Enjoy.

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