50 Summer Chicken Recipes You Can Enjoy All Season Long

We know what we're eating this summer. (Hint: It's chicken!)

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“Chicken: It’s what’s for dinner” is never more true than in the summertime. The lean, white meat protein pairs perfectly with all our favorite summer veggies, like summer squash and tomatoes; takes to all our favorite warm-weather cooking techniques, like grilling and air frying; and makes for some of the best potluck dishes for picnics and BBQs. Check out our 50 summer chicken recipes for ideas—from mains to sides, they’re ALL winners.

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When it’s hot out, we love getting out of our warm kitchens and into the great outdoors, and we’re taking chicken with us. You can turn it into a super easy weeknight dinner on the grill with our Hawaiian chicken foil packs, our grilled chicken breast, or our grilled chicken kebabs. It’s also great for celebratory dinners (for Memorial Day or Father’s Day, maybe?)—check out our piri piri chicken, our pineapple teriyaki chicken (served in a pineapple), or our brick chicken recipes, they’re sure to impress. You could also turn them into surefire summer party crowd-pleasers, like our curried chicken salad, chicken pasta salad, or our sheet-pan green chile chicken nachos.

We wait all year for our favorite summer fruits and veggies, so we take advantage of them as often as we can when they’re in season. That means if we’re serving chicken, it’s getting paired with all our faves, like bell peppers, zucchini, and corn. Check out our elote (Mexican street corn) tacos, our chicken chowder zucchini boats, and our chicken, tomatoes, and corn foil packs for ideas. One of our favorite tricks? If you’ve got a favorite winter or fall chicken recipes, summer-fy it by adding some grilled veggies or juicy summer fruit—you never know, you might discover a new favorite!

Want more summertime inspiration? Check out our ultimate grilling recipes, our fave summer salads, and our top summer desserts too.

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Kat Wirsing
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Best Grilled Chicken Breast

Grilled chicken breasts can be the epitome of boring—too often they're dried out or rubbery. But when soaked in a super-quick marinade with balsamic, brown sugar, and dried thyme, you're guaranteed deliciousness.

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chicken quesadilla
Ethan Calabrese
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Chicken Quesadillas

You don't really need a recipe to make this insanely popular Mexican dish. Top a tortilla with cheese (and whatever else you've got), then fold it in half and cook until the tortilla is crispy and the cheese is melty. But if you're looking for some guidance, especially in cooking up some quick and easy chicken to stuff inside, this recipe won't let you down.

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Chicken Fajita Marinade

This chicken fajita marinade is made with oil, garlic, lime zest and juice, cumin, chili powder, red pepper flakes, and salt. It transforms plain chicken breasts into juicy, flavorful strips that are perfect for folding into flour tortillas for taco nights all summer long.

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air fryer fried chicken
Parker Feierbach
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Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Craving fried chicken, but can't bear the idea of heating up hot oil during the summer? Your air fryer to the rescue! It'll work some kind of magic on the chicken, and crisp it up into perfectly crunchy chicken just as if it had been deep-fried.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Chicken Tacos

We like our chicken tacos topped with red onion (pickled onions would be great too), avocado, cilantro, and cheese. Pico de gallo, salsa, sour cream, or some crushed corn chips would also be delicious. Anything goes!

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Chicken Salad Sandwich

There's definitely more than one way to make a chicken salad sandwich, but this is our favorite—green apple, red onion, and celery add crunch, while mustard, mayo, and red wine vinegar add creaminess with the perfect amount of tang.

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snoop dogg's bbq chicken cobb salad
linda pugliese
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Snoop Dogg's BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad

This spin on the classic cobb salad has smoky, sweet, and sticky BBQ chicken, homemade blue corn tortilla strips (Snoop's brilliant addition; they give every bite some salty crunch and help tie the whole salad together), and most important, the world's curliest and crispiest bacon, cooked Snoop's way.

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Buffalo Chicken Salad

This buffalo chicken salad has it all. It's the best way to eat your buffalo chicken wings, covered in a homemade ranch dressing, with all of our favorite sides. Bonus, no saucy orange fingers!

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curried chicken salad
Parker Bach
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Curried Chicken Salad

Traditional chicken salad is great—but stir in some curry powder, toasted cashews, and cilantro and you have one of the most satisfying summer sides EVER.

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Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Salad

Grilled chicken salad—filled with cucumbers, tomatoes, and avocado—is the kind of healthy summer dinner recipe we tend to make again and again. Change it up with your fave summer veggies, and we bet you'll come back to this all season long too.

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bbq grilled chicken
Ethan Calabrese
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BBQ Grilled Chicken

Why not skip the burgers at your next barbecue and try this super-easy recipe instead? You won’t want to sleep on the sauce, which is a classic BBQ jazzed up with honey and lime. It's so flavorful, the chicken really doesn't need a marinade—which means you get to eat it way sooner.

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Parker Feierbach
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Brown Sugar BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Pulled chicken is made so easy in the slow-cooker and this version includes brown sugar, a little Italian dressing, and bourbon for a bit of smokiness. You can definitely leave it out, but we think it's the best part. 😉 Dress these up with homemade coleslaw for the greatest dinner with zero effort.

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bbq lime chicken
Ethan Calabrese
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BBQ Lime Chicken

This chicken is coated in the type of delectable, outrageous sauce that will have you practically licking your fingers. Make this once and we guarantee it will become your summer must have. Think serving these delicious morsels on their own isn't enough? Try our sweet BBQ lime chicken tacos or cheesy BBQ lime dip too.

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Chicken Caesar Salad

“Decadent” doesn’t usually come to mind when you think of salad, but this one definitely is. With a rich, tangy dressing, tender, roasted chicken thighs, crunchy croutons, and a snowfall of freshly grated Parm, this chicken Caesar salad is more voluptuous than virtuous, just the way we like it.

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avocado chicken salad
Emily Hlavac Green
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Avocado Chicken Salad

We love this salad served on top of greens as much as we love it between two slices of sourdough bread. If you can't find a good ripe mango, pineapple would be delicious as well!

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chimichurri chicken salad
Joel Goldberg
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Chimichurri Chicken Salad

We love relying on rotisserie chicken—our favorite supermarket shortcut—for quick and easy meals. This healthy lunch couldn't be more simple to make. Toss shredded chicken with a good amount of parsley (this is inspired by our favorite condiment, chimichurri sauce, after all), garlic, olive oil, and vinegar and serve with toasted bread.

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pineapple chicken
Parker Feierbach
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Pineapple Chicken

Though we love pineapple fried rice and these Hawaiian chicken skewers, this pineapple chicken stir fry may just take the crown. It has the tangy bite from the pineapple, a solid crunch from cashews, and a little kick of heat from jalapeño. What's not to love?!

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Parker Feierbach
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Chicken Teriyaki Pineapple Bowls

The pineapple in this recipe doesn't just serve as a pretty serving vessel. It adds a fresh and vibrant sweetness to this teriyaki sauce as well. Use the juice that pools at the bottom of your pineapple when scooping out the chunks.

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Hawaiian Chicken Foil Packs

Everything you need for dinner is inside these easy foil packs, including super tender chicken, pineapple and veggies, plus a tangy BBQ sauce. Simply bring the edges of the foil together in the middle and crimp so that no steam can escape (the key to ultra juicy chicken). Once the chicken is cooked through, just serve straight from the packet or slide each serving onto a plate.

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bbq chicken pizza
Parker Feierbach
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BBQ Chicken Pizza

Our BBQ chicken pizza recipe uses tangy Gouda, creamy mozzarella, and a hefty dose of red onions and cilantro for freshness. We happen to think it gives good ol' California Pizza Kitchen a run for their money.

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Chicken Pasta Salad

This super savory pasta salad is a hit at barbecues and potlucks, and hearty enough to qualify as a meal. Swapping in a tangy mustard vinaigrette for the usual mayo-based dressing lightens things up a bit, and a healthy serving of seared chicken and crispy bacon make it satisfying enough to be a meal all on its own.

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chicken, scallion, bok choy kebabs glazed with hoisin
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Grilled Chicken Kebabs

Many cookouts are plagued by folks using breasts and not knowing how to grill them. Chicken thighs like we've used here, however, are a lot more forgiving due to their natural tenderness and flavor. They taste even better when slid on skewers alongside bok choy and scallions, then glazed with a hoisin barbecue sauce.

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spicy chicken taquitos
Parker Feierbach
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Spicy Chicken Taquitos

A taquito is essentially a rolled taco with many of the topping like guacamole and sour cream on the outside. They are traditionally shallow fried to get that beautifully crisp exterior, but our version is baked with an option to make them in the air fryer. However you make them, just be sure to load them up on our favorite part of the recipe, which is the homemade avocado cream.

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Mexican Torta

Tortas are Mexican sandwiches made with extra soft roll that are stuffed with meat and a variety of toppings. This torta recipe follows the "torta de milanese" tradition, featuring a breaded chicken cutlet that adds nice crunch to each bite.

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Chicken Tostadas

Tostadas have all the delicious crunch of a tortilla chip but act as a vehicle for whatever delicious toppings you like. Here, that means creamy refried beans and a chile-spiked shredded chicken topping. To make this recipe go more quickly, you'll use rotisserie roast chicken, canned refried beans, and store-bought tostadas, though you're welcome to homemake everything too.

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Grilled Brick Chicken

Cooking chicken under a brick (or a heavy pan) is one of our most simple and reliable ways to get tender, perfectly cooked chicken and that crispy skin we all crave. We paired this chicken with a delicious spicy, herby pan sauce made with jalapeño, lime and cilantro but you can serve this as is, with a couple squeezes of lemon, or even BBQ sauce.

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Tiffany Azure
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Grilled Bruschetta Chicken

This bruschetta-inspired chicken is incredible when tomatoes are at their peak mid-summer. We like to use use any big tomato that looks juicy at the farmers market—a colorful mix is always fun!

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Chicken Chowder Stuffed Zucchini

Using cooked rotisserie chicken, frozen corn, and sweet cherry tomatoes, you can have a summer chowder in under an hour, served in a crispy-tender zucchini boat. While bacon isn’t totally crucial in this dish, rendering it provides a salty, flavorful fat you can use to make this stuffed zucchini extra delicious.

Get the Chicken Chowder Stuffed Zucchini recipe.

spicy chicken burger
Andrew Bui
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Spicy Chipotle Chicken Burgers

Chicken burgers are generally easy to throw together making them the perfect any-night dinner. These are extra special thanks to chipotle peppers that give them a little extra kick and lots of flavor. Some of the adobo sauce from the canned chipotles is used to make a sauce for the burgers so that the smokiness really shines through. Yum!

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Sheet-Pan Green Chile Chicken Nachos

What’s better than a tray of cheesy chicken nachos? Four cheese chicken nachos! Don’t worry, though, a couple cans of chopped green chiles cut the richness of all that cheese (not that we’re complaining). We’ll leave the toppings up to you, but we suggest The Works, aka red onion, radishes, avocado, jalapeño, cilantro, and hot sauce.

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