With chicken being the versatile protein that it is, there are so many summer chicken recipes out there. Today, we’ll share with you some of our favorites. We’ve divided the recipes in a few different sections, so there is something for everybody.
Some of our fave recipes are spicy, while others are suitable for a keto diet. We’ve even given you gluten-free options. Winner winner, chicken dinner!
Easy Summer Chicken Recipes
Take a trip to Greece with this juicy chicken souvlaki recipe. The best thing about it is: It only takes 15 minutes to prepare. This Greek dish is a great addition to summer barbecues as the preparation is simple. Just cut your chicken breast into cubes, season it, and throw it on the grill. Voila!
This garlic and brown sugar drumsticks recipe is keto-friendly and extremely easy to make. The entire dish only consists of 7 ingredients, and the soy sauce, ketchup and garlic rub is to die for!
Nothing says summer like BBQ. Am I right? This pasta combines the best ingredients of protein-rich chicken and hearty rib-sticking pasta. Throw in a side of smoked corn and you have the perfect summer meal!
The ranch chicken pasta bake only takes 40 minutes to cook. This makes it an excellent option for a quick, easy weeknight dinner that will please both adults and children.
Here’s another Mediterranean favorite. This summery pesto fried chicken saltimbocca is packed with delicious flavors. The best part? It can be cooked in less than an hour.
Summer Salad Recipes With Chicken
If you’re looking to impress your guests this summer with a spectacular dish, look no further than the stunning summer chicken salad with hot bacon dressing. The great thing about it is that it can be made with leftovers you already have in the fridge.
Not exactly salad, but close enough in my opinion. Sometimes you want something savory and satisfying in the summer, but slightly lighter. These scrumptious ground chicken recipes wrapped in beautiful butter lettuce is perfect for those occasions.
This healthy, creamy salad packed with veggies and yogurt is a great choice if you’re trying to get the kids to eat their 5 a day. It can be served in many different ways. You can enjoy it as a dip, on a bed of lettuce, between two toasted breads – the possibilities are endless!
This mandarin orange spinach salad looks like something you’d order at a fancy restaurant. Served with a lemon honey ginger dressing, it is the perfect summer salad. You can even get creative and add your own vegetables like diced cucumbers, carrots, and avocado.It’s the most artistic-looking summer chicken recipe on this list!
Summer Chicken Recipes (Instant Pot and Air Fryer)
We’re huge fans of chicken wings in our home. But making them in the oven in the middle of July is not great for our AC bill. Instead, try making wings in your air fryer. Juicy and crispy every time.
Same goes for larger pieces of chicken, as does chicken wings. Sometimes you have a craving that you can’t solve in the summer without turning on the oven. That was, until air fryers came into our lives.
For when you’re in no mood (whatsoever) to put on the stove or oven. This zesty chicken recipe is perfect for when you want to set it and (literally) forget it. That is until dinner time!
Summer Chicken Thigh Recipes
The funky, spicy Gojuchang sauce on this Korean chicken dish will have you licking your fingers when you’re done. And you will definitely want seconds!
Served inside the pineapple, this unique and fun chicken recipe will light up any dinner table. An added benefit of this recipe? As a yellow food, pineapple has a ton of added health benefits. Read all you need to know about yellow foods.
These plum glazed grilled chicken thighs only need 9 ingredients and a prep time of 25 minutes. (You all already know how obsessed I am with chicken thighs). Marinade them for a generous amount of time and throw them on the barbecue. You’ll get a restaurant-quality dish made right at home.
Spicy Summer Chicken Recipes
This gorgeous-looking sweet and sour summer chicken is sure to make your tastebuds do backflips. Full of color, with jalapenos, onions, and peaches, it is the perfect chicken dish to serve to guests.
Blackened chicken is perfect for meal prep, but is also perfect for use in a variety of dishes—everything from a blackened chicken Cobb salad to yummy chicken pasta.
Are you in the mood for a burger but tired of the same old thing? This crispy buttermilk spicy chicken burger with paprika, sriracha, and chili powder is a spicy food lover’s dream.
The recipe for the Nashville hot chicken nuggets was inspired by a dish at the Cheesecake Factory. The nuggets are spicy with a hint of sweetness, and the chicken is cooled down with a herby ranch sauce. Yum!
Have you ever had a sandwich with mac and cheese inside? Full of hot honey sauce and sriracha mayo, this sandwich will take your taste buds to heaven.
Summer Chicken Breast Recipes
If a taco and a pizza had a baby, they would give birth to the chicken tostadas, a fresh, cheesy dish great for the entire family.
Swimming in rich gravy, this creamy garlicky chicken is great comfort food. It can be served with some mashed potatoes or crispy air fried green beans.
The baked Hawaiian chicken is a sweet and sour dish consisting of breaded chicken and a sweet pineapple sauce. Yum!
If the smoker’s coming out this summer, why not try out the dry rub BBQ chicken breast? They are a great addition to any salad but are also delicious on their own.
The summery, fresh Mexican street corn chicken tacos are filled with avocado and fresh vegetables. It also includes 3 tablespoons of olive oil, some lime juice, and half teaspoons of salt and pepper to bring the flavors together.
Gluten-Free Summer Chicken Recipes
With a tangy, sweet sauce and golden brown chicken, this gluten and dairy-free dish is inspired by Panda Express’ famous orange chicken.
This Mediterranean low-carb chicken dish with a honey, lemon, butter and caper sauce is a joy to the eyes as much as to the tastebuds! Who doesn’t love a little color in their food?
Take your tastebuds to Vietnam with the fresh and colorful lemongrass chicken served with a honey and fish sauce.
The creamy sun-dried tomato chicken is so easy to prepare. You only need 15 minutes of prep work, and your oven will do the rest!
Keto Summer Chicken Recipes
This recipe for keto garlic parmesan chicken is also low-carb, so you can enjoy it free of guilt!
Those following a keto diet but also watching their weight will love the caprese stuffed chicken with prosciutto and a balsamic glaze.
Colonel Sanders is not the only one who knows how to cook popcorn chicken. And he would be proud of this recipe!
More Easy Chicken Recipes
Not exclusively summer recipes, but what are? Scour a few of our fave chicken recipes below for further inspiration.
Have questions or suggestions about summer chicken recipes? Leave them in the comments below. Until next time, stay hungry!