Steak is a treat, pork chops are fine and we’ll never say no to a hamburger. But if we’re being honest, all we really want for dinner is chicken—especially since it pairs so well with the bounty of fresh summer produce that’s taking over our fridge. Here, 28 summer chicken recipes to eat for lunch, dinner and beyond.
Chicken Kebabs with Garlic Lemon Yogurt
With so few ingredients, you’d be surprised at how flavorful this recipe really is. It’s all thanks to baharat, a Middle Eastern spice blend used to marinate the chicken.
Slow-Cooker Pulled Chicken
Proof that your trusty slow cooker can—and should—be used year-round. Barbecue sammies without touching an oven or grill? Genius.
Basil Chicken Saltimbocca with Marinated Tomatoes and Burrata
Pan-fried, prosciutto-wrapped cutlets get the special treatment with a marinated tomato and basil topping. And if that doesn’t have you drooling already, there’s also burrata.
Grilled Curried Chicken Thighs
We found the secret to maximizing flavor on the grill, and it’s all in the baste—here, it’s with a savory blend of curried coconut milk that also lends a crackly brown crust.
Barbecue Pineapple Chicken Kebabs
Sticky, spicy-sweet chicken begs for dinner alfresco. All you need now is a cold drink. (Might we suggest rosé?)
Pasta Florentine with Grilled Chicken
With a creamy sauce and tender spinach, pasta Florentine is already great. But when you add smoky grilled chicken, it’s transported to another level.
Grilled Jerk Chicken Cutlets with Mango Salsa
A fruity, sweet salsa is a natural foil to the cinnamon-y, spicy jerk seasoning on the chicken. And guess what? It takes only 35 minutes from start to finish.
Grilled Barbecue Chicken Pizza
Corn, cherry tomatoes and a heaping of cilantro? CPK’s got nothing on you. (Thanks, Coterie member Gaby Dalkin.)
Grilled Sticky Honey-Sriracha Drumsticks with Slaw
Who said breasts and thighs had to be the stars of the show? This spicy honey-lime glaze is making a mean case for legs.
Chicken Tinga Tacos
No one needs to know that you used rotisserie chicken for these babies. And with a host of fun toppings (avocado! onion! cotija!), they’ll be none the wiser.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Piccata
Bust out the Crock-Pot for this light and zesty dinner. We should also mention, it comes together with just ten ingredients.
Green Bowl with Chicken, Citrus and Herbs
We heard you were meal prepping, so we got you a present: It’s this Mediterranean-esque chicken bowl, which is packed with protein to keep you full all day long. You’re welcome.
30-Minute Creamy Chicken, Corn and Tomato Skillet
Head to the market and pick up some fresh ears of corn and ripe cherry tomatoes. They’ll make this easy skillet meal nothing short of spectacular.
Grilled Lemon-Herb Chicken and Avocado Salad
Everyone knows the best part of a salad is the toppings, so we’re piling this one high with citrusy chicken and all the fixings.
Skillet Roast Chicken with Peaches, Tomatoes and Red Onion
You know it’s really summer when you’re finding an excuse to put peaches in everything. This one-hour, one-pan meal is just the ticket.
Crispy Grilled Chicken
As Ina Garten would say, we’re going back to basics. The secret to the crispiest chicken ever? Mayonnaise.
Cheater’s Grilled Whole Chicken and Vegetables
By removing the backbone (aka spatchcocking), you can flatten a whole chicken right onto those hot grill grates. Gorgeous char marks, here we come.
Summery Kale Salad with Grilled Chicken, Toasted Bread, Mint and Strawberries
Kale salad? Been there, done that—until you add grilled chicken and all the seasonal produce our hearts can handle.
Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
OK, you get it. We have a thing for skewers…but for good reason. They’re a fun, foolproof way to get golden-brown chicken at lightning speed, like with this spicy peanut satay.
Roasted Chicken Thighs with Strawberry Avocado Salsa
When you want something quick and easy (but still satisfying), chicken thighs are your best friend. They can handle high heat without getting dry…and don’t get us started on that crispy skin.
Chopped Thai Chicken Salad
When it’s 80 degrees and the humidity is at 100 percent, this crunchy, slaw-like chicken salad is just what dinner calls for. It’s spicy and filling without weighing you down.
Herbed Chicken Salad with Mango-Mustard Dressing
Coterie member Aida Mollenkamp knows the way to our hearts, which is a tangy, mustard-based dressing and expertly seasoned chicken. Swoon.
Spiced Spatchcock Chicken with Peach Barbecue Sauce
You had us at “peach barbecue sauce.” And the addition of fresh mint and tarragon doesn’t hurt, either. Thanks, Coterie member Carlene Thomas.
Mexican Street Corn Chicken Bowl
If your go-to chicken bowl and elote had an incredibly delicious baby, it’d be this fresh and festive lunch.
Za’atar Chicken and Veggie Kabobs
With its lemony vibes and Middle Eastern kick, za’atar transforms even humble chicken breasts into a midsummer dinner’s dream.
Weeknight Saucy Pineapple Barbecue Chicken Bowls
Good news: This mouthwatering chicken isn’t just for bowls. Pile the leftovers on a bun for tomorrow’s lunch…that is, if you have leftovers.
Lemongrass Chicken Lettuce Wraps
What’s more fun than filling a cup of lettuce (or, in this case, radicchio) with impossibly crispy chicken and Thai-inspired toppings? We’ll let you know when we think of the answer.
Chicken Pesto Focaccia Sandwiches
Craving a chicken sammie that’s not a total snooze? Swap the bun for focaccia, add some pesto and feta and voilà—you’re a chef-level sandwich-maker.