What are your Fourth of July plans? Whether you’re doing a barbecue and inviting over friends or neighbors – or you’re just hanging out with your family, food always plays a big role in celebrating. This year, instead of burgers or hot dogs try something new as part of your holiday buffet – grilled chicken.
Keep it simple with an easy grilled chicken recipe like barbecue chicken or herbed grilled chicken breasts. Infuse the chicken with flavor by trying a marinade like the one in citrus-marinated Mexican chicken or grilled chicken with a pretty peach sauce or even the island-inspired pineapple grilled chicken.
Mix up chopped, fresh rosemary, parsley and cilantro to make this herbed grilled chicken breasts recipe from Fine Cooking. Pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts until thin. Sprinkle each piece with garlic, herbs, and drizzle with olive oil along with lemon juice. Refrigerate for 20 minutes before putting the chicken onto a hot grill for 1-2 minutes per side.
Add some zing to your barbecue with this citrus-marinated Mexican chicken recipe from The Wanderlust Kitchen. In a saucepan, boil together orange juice, lime juice and chile pepper. Blend the juice mixture with salsa, olive oil and salt. Marinate the chicken for 2-10 hours then grill until cooked through.
Want to know the secret to juicy, grilled chicken? This recipe for barbecued chicken on the grill from Simple Recipes gives you all the tips you’ll need. For example, use skin-on chicken pieces even if you’re not planning on eating the skin – it helps lock in moisture. Sear the chicken on the hot side of the grill then move them over to the cooler side to finish cooking.
Peaches aren’t just for dessert! And this grilled chicken with pretty peach sauce from WebMD proves it. Marinate the chicken in a combination of orange and lime juice along with olive oil. Blend together diced peaches, red pepper, red onion and cilantro in a small bowl. Puree half of this mixture and stir in balsamic vinegar – use this sauce to baste the chicken as it grills then top with the peach salsa.
Do your kids like chicken drumsticks? Then what about grilling up these Dr. Pepper drumsticks from Taste of Home? Make a sauce of ketchup, Dr. Pepper, brown sugar, barbecue seasoning, Worcestershire sauce and dried minced onion. Generously baste the drumsticks with this soda sauce as it grills.
Add a taste of the islands to your barbecue with this recipe for pineapple grilled chicken from The Healthy Foodie. To start out, make a marinade with fresh orange and lime juice along with rice wine vinegar, garlic, sesame oil, coconut milk, coconut water and ginger. Let the chicken soak up the flavors and then put the meat on a hot grill. Place big pineapple rings on the grill to serve on top of the chicken.
This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly.