6 Exciting Things to Do with Grilled Chicken
These smart, easy recipes renew our faith in dependable (but potentially snooze-inducing) boneless, skinless breasts.
By Lynn Andriani
The Superfood Supper Salad
Take advantage of the hot grill and cook green and purple kale leaves over the coals too. The heat slightly wilts and chars the kale, and a light spritz of olive oil and a dash of salt keep it flavorful. Ripe heirloom tomatoes round out this colorful and hearty salad.
Get the recipe: Basil Chicken with Grilled Kale and Heirloom Tomatoes
Your Go-To Summer Kebabs
This is one of those reliably fabulous dishes you'll be making all summer long. First, marinate the chicken in a mango, banana, brown sugar, garlic, chili powder, lime juice and tequila puree (the longer the better). Then, thread the meat onto skewers, grill and enjoy with plenty of fresh lime juice squirted on—and a margarita.
Get the recipe: Tequila-Lime Chicken Brochettes
The Farthest Thing from a Boring Chicken Sandwich
Thin slices of crispy pancetta, shredded Fontina cheese, arugula leaves and herbed mustard are decadent additions to an otherwise ho-hum grilled chicken sandwich. Use rosemary focaccia if you can find it (if not, sourdough is a good substitute).
Get the recipe: Chicken and Pancetta Panini with Fontina, Arugula and Provençale Mustard
Chicken Parm Without the Extra Fat
Most recipes have you bread and fry chicken cutlets before topping them with sauce and cheese, but this one suggests grilling the meat to cut down on fat and calories. Finish the dish with a sprinkling of bread crumbs so you still get some crunch.
Get the recipe: Grilled Chicken Parmigiano
Homemade Pizza That's Faster Than a Delivery
To keep this chicken, olive and cheese pizza light and easy to eat with your hands, cut the grilled breasts into ultrathin strips. You can use flatbread or premade pizza dough, and if you cook the sauce and chicken ahead of time, the meal comes together in less than 15 minutes.
Get the recipe: Flatbread with Grilled Chicken, Kalamata Olives and Fresh Mozzarella
A Salad Where the Dressing Does Double Duty
Lemon juice, mustard, cumin, honey and olive oil: This mixture brightens up spinach, tomatoes and cashews. But it also works as an excellent marinade for chicken. After you've cooked the meat, add some of the reserved dressing to vegetables and toss everything together for a healthy entrée salad.
Get the recipe: Grilled Chicken, Spinach and Cashew Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
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