25 Best Summer Chicken Recipes

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Craving the tastiest chicken dishes to enjoy this summer?

From chili lime to Hawaiian BBQ, there’s something for everyone on this list of summer chicken recipes.

The best thing about summer is all the backyard barbecues you’ll have.

With all the fresh produce you’ll be serving, it’s time to get creative!

If you’re looking for new ways to serve your family chicken, this round-up has everything from grilled thigh to Thai meatballs.

So read on and follow these easy recipes.

You might find a new family favorite on this list!

1. Chili Lime Grilled Chicken

This recipe is already a crowd-pleaser because it’s grilled chicken.

But when that gorgeous dish goes on the grill, it transforms into something even more amazing.

The key to this recipe is the chili lime marinade.

It’s made with fresh tomatoes, green chiles, and a dash of cumin.

It works so well with the juicy chicken breast because it gives off such wonderful smoky flavors in every bite.

Serve these hot and ready for his big party tonight!

2. Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs

It’s no secret that chicken thighs are a little more flavorful than breasts.

But this recipe will show you exactly why.

The lemon garlic sauce is both sweet and zesty, while the chicken itself has a wonderfully tender texture.

You’ll also add plenty of veggies to make this dish even healthier.


3. Huli Huli Chicken

Huli-Huli chicken is a Hawaiian favorite made with pineapple and taro root.

It’s a simple combination of shredded chicken, diced pineapple, and taro root.

A splash of ketchup gives it a bit of extra flavor, but you can use your preferred sweetener or add some parsley for an added kick.

Serve this dish over steamed rice for the ultimate meal!

4. Grilled Chicken Thighs With Chimichurri

I’m drooling just thinking about this chicken with chimichurri.

It basically means adobo sauce and parsley.

It’s a classic Argentine side dish that adds a kick of flavor to grilled meat.

And since chimichurri is so delicious, you can use it on veggie as well!

5. Caprese Chicken Skillet

I love chicken in pretty much any form, but this Caprese dish takes it to a whole new level.

The combo of creamy mozzarella and fresh tomatoes is just delicious.

And the fresh basil makes it even better.

It’s a little bit sweet, a little bit savory, and so easy to make.

I like to serve mine with a side of roasted potatoes and some crusty bread.

6. Hawaiian BBQ Chicken

BBQ chicken has become synonymous with the islands, and now you can experience it in an easy-to-make dish.

You’ll marinate all of your chicken breasts for about 1 hour.

Next, add a handful of spices to the meat and cook until it’s tender.

Once everything is ready, simmer the rice in a separate pot.

Serve with your choice of sides!

7. Skillet Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken

You can’t go wrong with a good lemongrass chicken dish.

The Asian flavors and tender chicken are a match made in heaven.

This recipe is so easy to make at home and only requires a few basic ingredients.

The lemongrass gives this dish an incredible flavor, while the cilantro, lime juice, fish sauce, and coconut milk give it a bright, zesty kick.

Serve this with rice or noodles for a complete meal.

8. Sticky Chicken Kabobs

If you need a healthier alternative to chicken kabobs, then these sticky chicken kabobs will be your new favorite.

The key to a juicy and meaty chicken breast is to marinate it in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.

This will result in a tender and juicy breast that’s better than any store-bought chicken breast you’ve ever had.

Serve with some sweet potatoes or roasted veggies for a complete meal!

9. Maple Rosemary Grilled Chicken

Bring out the grill this weekend with this buttery, savory chicken.

The maple and rosemary combine to create a heavenly spice blend.

It’s so good, you’ll want to make it again and again.

Your family will love this meal because it comes together so quickly.

It’s perfect during the week, when you need a hearty dish on hand.

10. Tomato Spinach Chicken Pasta

This tomato spinach chicken pasta tastes phenomenal.

It’s garlicky, cheesy, and full of fresh tomatoes.

The zesty sauce is a wonderful marriage of fresh tomatoes and garlic.

It also has bits of sun-dried tomatoes for added flavor.

I love this dish with a sprinkle of black pepper.

11. Greek Chicken Kabobs

Give your family a feast with this yummy Greek chicken kabob.

The marinade is full of herbs and spices, so it’s guaranteed to tickle your tastebuds!

It’s also made with fresh veggies, sausage, and tender chicken.

How cool is that?

It’s loaded with flavor without being overly complicated.

These kabobs are perfect for any summer occasion!

12. Honey Balsamic Chicken Thighs With Peaches

Honey and balsamic glaze on chicken?

Yes, please!

And when you bake it with peaches in the mix, it makes such a delicious balance of sweet, tart, and savory.

This dish is also loaded with fall-off-the-bone chicken thighs.

You’ll love how tender it was cooked on both sides before adding the other ingredients.

13. Thai Chicken Satay Skewers With Peanut Sauce

There are so many amazing Thai dishes out there, and you’ll want to try them all.

But how can you choose between these satay skewers?

They’re savory, sweet, and the perfect way to start your day.

You’ll marinate a chicken leg in sauce before skewering it on bamboo skewers.

Then, drizzle some peanut butter sauce over the whole thing and serve with rice or salad.

If you have leftovers, why not make a nice Thai salad with carrots, cucumber, peanuts, jalapeños – everything but the bird!

14. BBQ Chicken

Go on a date and order a BBQ chicken sandwich?

You better be prepared for the feast it will bring!

This recipe is so easy to make, you’ll want to make it again and again.

It has all of your favorite barbecue flavors in one small package.

The chicken pieces are so juicy, they practically fall off the bone.

It’s covered in BBQ sauce, onions, tomatoes, black beans, and cheese.

Is there anything this party-ready meal can’t do?

15. Balsamic Grilled Chicken Topped With Caprese Salad

While I love grilled chicken, it’s not always practical.

A lot of people are too busy to cook at home, or don’t have time to do it right.

This recipe is a great solution for those who like to eat their meals on the go and need something quick and easy.

It’s just as tasty as a full meal – just in a smaller package!

The key is to marinate the chicken overnight and baste it after each turn.

That way, you get that incredible flavor from all of the different components.

16. Pesto Chicken, Tortellini, and Veggies, Asparagus, Tomatoes

Pesto chicken is the perfect meal to whip up in a hurry.

It’s creamy, zesty, and super healthy.

This pesto chicken recipe uses fresh ingredients and combines them with hearty veggies.

The asparagus adds a brightness that accentuates the garlic.

The tomatoes add color and flavor.

Tortellini serves as an excellent addition to this dish because they can hold their own against all of the other components.

17. Juicy Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast

The best thing about this recipe is that it’s so easy to make!

All you have to do is marinate the chicken and grill it until it’s crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

Serve with rice and coleslaw for a complete meal, or enjoy this healthier alternative when you want to cut out some of those extra calories during your busy weekdays!

Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

18. Grilled Chicken With Avocado Salsa

This grilled chicken recipe is simple and full of flavor.

It’s a great way to use leftover chicken, so it’s ready when you are.

The chicken is marinated in a mix of lemon juice, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, cumin, mustard seed, salt, and pepper.

That gives the meat an incredible flavor that takes all of these ingredients to the next level.

Serve it with avocado salsa for an ultimate meal!

19. Teriyaki Chicken

This is a fantastic teriyaki recipe to make ahead of time.

It’s delicious, easy, and one that you can make both in advance and freeze for quick dinners.

Toss the chicken with teriyaki sauce, then bake it as-is until it’s tender.

This makes a great weeknight meal or grab and go dinner.

But if you want to last a little longer with your chicken and don’t want to cook in excess fat, add some veggies like broccoli or cauliflower.

20. Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

This chicken Caesar pasta salad is amazing.

It has all the traditional elements of a Caesar salad in one bowl.

You’ll love it because it’s full of creamy dressing and fresh ingredients.

The chicken, tomatoes, and romaine lettuce are perfect for a filling dish.

Plus, the caesar dressing takes this dish over the top!

This recipe doesn’t disappoint and will leave you looking forward to dinner every night.

21. Baked Chicken with Bell Peppers, Cajun seasoning, Cream Cheese, and Cheddar

Next time you want to serve a crowd, try this baked chicken recipe.

It’s so easy to make and tastes like it came from the best restaurant.

The bell peppers add a spicy kick that offsets the creamy flavors of the cream cheese and cheddar cheese.

If you can’t find Cajun seasoning, go ahead and use your favorite seasoning instead.

It will taste phenomenal anyway!

22. Chicken Piccata

Chicken piccata is a classic summer dish that’s perfect for one or two.

It’s light, fresh, and well-balanced with a nice kick of spice.

I love using fresh lemon juice over the chicken because it makes the sauce so zesty!

If you want this to be extra special, serve it with some crudités, fresh herbs, and a side of garlic bread.

23. Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

Grilled cilantro lime chicken is a satisfying, healthy dinner.

It’s packed with protein and loaded with bright flavors.

It doesn’t take long for this dish to come together.

Plus, it only needs five ingredients!

This recipe is perfect for when you want something quick and easy to make but still want to impress your family and friends.

24. Roasted Peach BBQ Chicken Bake

If you love peach BBQ wings and peaches, you’ll go nuts for this savory chicken bake.

The savory chicken is marinated in a smoky BBQ sauce and coated with bread crumbs.

It’s then baked until the chicken gets crisp on top.

You can serve it over rice or mashed potatoes, but I prefer to make my own mashed potatoes instead.

That way, I get to choose exactly which parts of the chicken I want!

25. Thai Chicken Meatballs In Peanut Sauce

If you want to give your meatballs a Thai twist, these meatballs in peanut sauce are an excellent option.

The recipe calls for three types of meat: ground pork, chicken, and beef.

That means you can use whatever you have on hand!

This is a traditional Thai recipe that uses peanut butter in place of the usual fish sauce.

It’ll make your mouth water.

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