When in doubt a grilled chicken recipe is a simple dinner most people go to. Living on a student budget can mean eating plain chicken breasts for weeks on end. Just because grilled chicken is an easy dinner to whip up doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Upgrade this classic meal and keep it healthy with these eight recipes.
1. Spicy BBQ Chicken
When you think grilled chicken it is easy to go straight to the chicken breast, but buying chicken thighs is a great way to get a more complex flavor. If you’re nervous about switching over, just stick to boneless, skinless thighs and you’ll have no problem at all. The first step is mixing a low sugar BBQ sauce with a hot sauce of your choice. Add as much heat as you are comfortable with before covering your chicken. Then you simply have to grill your chicken thighs adding more of your sauce as you see fit. This simple recipe is great for a weeknight or if you don’t have time to properly marinate your chicken. Serve with a light salad and you have a perfect summer dinner.
2. Quick Greek Chicken
A great grilled chicken recipe uses an overnight marinade to infuse the chicken with extra flavor. This recipe works best with a longer marinade but is also flavorful if you let it sit for an hour. Take chicken breasts in a freezer bag and add in olive oil, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Close the bag and massage the marinade into the chicken before letting it sit in the refrigerator. After an hour your chicken is ready for the grill. Serve this simple chicken sliced in a pita with tzatziki, lettuce, tomatoes and whatever other toppings you enjoy.
3. Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken
Nothing is easier than a recipe that uses common ingredients you don’t need to go out and buy. This recipe makes use honey, dijon mustard and mayonnaise to make a delicious but super simple chicken dinner. Combine equal parts mustard and mayonnaise with a half portion of honey to make a tasty sauce. Make your honey mustard sauce even better by adding in cayenne pepper and some salt. Cover your chicken in the sauce before grilling it up and reserve some extra as a great dipping sauce for sweet potato fries or for an epic chicken sandwich.
4. Hawaiian Chicken Skewers
When thinking of grilled chicken recipes you don’t need to stick to just breasts and thighs. Skewers are a great way to quickly cook up both chicken and vegetables and get dinner on the table. Cubed chicken marinated with pineapple juice, soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar and cornstarch is the star of the show. Place the cubes on skewers with pineapple, red onion and bell peppers for a sticky sweet meal. These cook up quickly and are great for feeding a crowd so invite friends over to enjoy.
5. Thai Chicken Satay
Grilled chicken satay is comfort food that is easy to make a healthy version of. To season the chicken you need cumin, salt, pepper and lime zest. Use skewers to quickly cook up the chicken while you prepare the dipping sauce. There are a lot of store-bought options for satay sauce but if you want to keep the recipe healthy you’re better off making it yourself. Have Butter Will Travel has an excellent Keto friendly satay recipe that uses coconut, peanut butter, red curry paste, lime juice and liquid stevia. Serve the chicken over salad with the sauce as dressing or just eat them plain for a lighter meal.
6. Grilled Sriracha Hot Wings
Take your grill game to the next level and make these delicious wings. Chicken wings are a crowd favorite but they can be very intimidating if you’ve never cooked them before. Make sure to pat the wings dry with a paper towel before sprinkling on baking powder and salt. Let them sit overnight before taking them out to the grill. Give them 20-30 minutes on the grill, flipping from side to side and making sure the skin gets nice and crispy. As they are cooking you can prepare the spicy sauce with butter, sriracha, honey, ginger, soy sauce, lime juice and brown sugar. Once you’ve gotten your sauce down cover your wings before putting them back on the grill for five minutes. After they are done cooking toss the wings in the rest of your sriracha sauce and enjoy. For more specifics on this recipe check out The Cooking Jar.
7. Grilled Chicken & Veggies
These next two grilled chicken recipes use foil to help you cook a full meal in one little easy packet. For this first recipe use foil to capture the chicken, zucchini, bell peppers and asparagus. Cover the chicken in a simple barbeque sauce and then add olive oil, salt and pepper to the packet. Close it up and cook on a medium-high grill for 25 minutes. Remove the vegetables and chicken from the foil and you have dinner done.
8. Grilled Chicken Fajita Foil Packets
This recipe follows a lot of the same ideas as the one above. Flavor the chicken with chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and black pepper before adding in bell peppers, onion and lime slices. Add in oil and extra chicken flavoring before sealing the packet. Cook on a high grill for eight minutes per side before letting cool. Serve with fresh sliced avocado and whole wheat tortillas.