20 Easy Chicken Recipes For This Summer 

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Summer is here, and that means it’s time to enjoy all the seasonal flavors of the season.

Are you looking for fresh, delicious and easy chicken recipes to make this summer?

I’ve got you covered.

Whether you’re having a barbecue or just need something simple and tasty for dinner, these recipes will fit the bill.

These recipes are great for a quick weeknight dinner or a more involved weekend project, I have something that will tickle your taste buds.

From grilled chicken to tacos and salads, these easy recipes will tantalize your tastebuds and bring some variety to your summer meals. 

Let’s check some easy summer dinner ideas, featuring light, fresh recipes perfect for quick meals on warm evenings.

Summer chicken recipes,  grilled chicken drumsticks.

Summer Chicken Recipes

These are simple meals to help you enjoy your summer with less stress.

Super easy summertime dishes ideas that are delicious and full of flavor.

1. Chicken Quesadillas

cheesey chicken quesadillas

This classic Mexican dish is made with cooked chicken, cheese, and your favorite toppings like salsa or guacamole.

It’s easy to make, perfect for Cinco de Mayo, busy weeknights, and always a crowd pleaser. 

Get recipe here.

2. Southern Fried C,hicken

Southern fried chicken.

There’s nothing quite as delicious as golden brown fried chicken slathered in creamy gravy.

Serve it up with mashed potatoes and cornbread for a truly southern meal. 

Get recipe here.

3. Baked Chicken Wings

easy Thanksgiving appetizer baked chicken wings

Baked wings are always a crowd pleaser! 

The wings will come out juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside – perfect for game day snacking or as part of a larger meal. 

Serve them up with your favorite dipping sauce for an appetizer that will be sure to please even the pickiest eaters. 

Get recipe here.

4. Crescent Roll Chicken Pot Pie

A baking bowl of crescent roll chicken pot pie set on a wooded table with biscuits.

This is an easy way to make classic pot pie without having to fuss over making a crust from scratch.

Perfect for an easy weeknight meal, the crescent rolls give it that extra bit of crunch and flavor that makes it irresistible! 

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5. Chicken Noodle Soup

Healthy dinner recipes, Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Nothing says comfort food quite like this all-time favorite dish, chicken noodle soup!

It’s super easy to make with some basic pantry staples and it tastes even better when made from scratch.

Get recipe here.

6. Chicken Piccata

Delicious Chicken Piccata meal on a rustic table, highlighting the succulent chicken pieces drenched in a zesty lemon and caper sauce.

If you’re looking for a delicious Healthy chicken meal option that still satisfies your taste buds, then this low carb chicken piccata recipe is exactly what you need.

It’s light yet full of flavor thanks to its lemon sauce and capers topping it off perfectly.

Get recipe here.

Grilled Chicken Thighs

Grilled chicken thighs resting on a cutting board, allowing juices to redistribute, with grill marks visible on the golden-brown skin.

Juicy grilled chicken thighs recipe: Perfect for holidays & BBQs. Easy to make, deliciously smoky.

Pair with easy summer cocktails for a feast!

Get recipe here.

7. Chicken Fajitas

Chicken fajitas perfect for summer.

This one-pan dinner is ready in under 30 minutes so it’s perfect during those busy weeks when you don’t have much time to cook!

This classic Mexican dish is always a crowd pleaser.

Serve over tortillas for taco night or rice for a complete flavorful dinner ready in minutes.

8. Chicken Leg Quarters

chicken leg quarter.

Perfectly roasted leg quarters are are both budget friendly and great for dinner parties or just weeknight dinners when you want something special but don’t want all the fuss.

9. BBQ Grilled Chicken

BBQ Grilled Chicken.

There’s nothing quite like grilled chicken hot off the barbecue.

This sweet and smoky dish will be a hit at your summer cookouts.

Serve it up with some homemade cornbread and coleslaw for a classic summer meal.

10. Honey-Sriracha Chicken Drumsticks

Honey-Sriracha Chicken Drumsticks.

If you like your food with just a little bit of heat, then you’ll love this flavorful honey-sriracha marinade.

They’re great as an appetizer but can also be served as a main dish. 

11. Chicken Skewers

Tomato Chicken Skewers on a platter.

This chicken kebabs recipe is perfect for those who are watching their carbs but still want something flavorful.

They’re made with lean chicken breasts, peppers, onions, and mushrooms for a healthy and tasty summer meal. 

Get recipe here.

12. Chicken Tacos

Three shredded chicken tacos on corn tortillas, topped with diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce.

A Mexican-inspired meal that is sure to please everyone at the table!

It’s perfect for an outdoor lunch or dinner! 

Get recipe here.

13. Crockpot Chicken and Gravy

Crockpot chicken and gravy poured over fluffy white rice on a plate, ready to eat.

Enjoy this easy Crockpot Chicken and Gravy with only 3 ingredients!

Perfect for a weeknight meal or a hearty family dinner. Easy, delicious, and satisfying.

Get recipe here.

14. Spiced Spatchcock Chicken with Peach BBQ Sauce

Spiced Spatchcock Chicken with Peach BBQ Sauce.

This spiced spatchcock chicken is perfect if you’re looking to add some sweet and savory flavor into your grilling routine. 

The flavor combination is like nothing else you’ve ever tried before!

15. Grilled Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Grilled Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

These lettuce wraps have everything you need for a light yet filling meal.

Grilled chicken thighs tossed in Thai dressing and served in crunchy romaine leaves.  

These wraps will not disappoint!

16. Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga

Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga.

A classic Mexican dish that has been adapted to be made in the slow cooker so it requires very little effort. 

It features shredded chicken mixed with tomatoes, onion, garlic and other seasonings before it’s slow cooked until tender.  

17. Grilled Greek Chicken Salad

Grilled Greek Chicken Salad.

This bright and flavorful recipe is perfect for a summer lunch or dinner.

The grilled chicken gives it an extra punch of flavor that complements the tangy vinaigrette perfectly.

18. Classic Chicken Salad

Classic Chicken Salad.

For a more traditional take on grilled chicken salad try this simple recipe.

This recipe is all about simplicity and flavor.

19. Easy Lemon Butter Chicken

A family-style serving of Lemon Butter Chicken, ready for dinner, with steam rising from the lemony sauce.

For extra zesty flavor without much effort, look no further than this easy lemon pepper chicken recipe! 

This one-pan dish will become your go-to weeknight dinner option! 

Get recipe here.

20. Curried Chicken Salad

Curried Chicken Salad.

For those who love curry flavors this Curried Chicken Salad will not disappoint! 

Tender chicken pieces are combined with crunchy vegetables, creamy yogurt and a flavorful blend of spices to make this an unforgettable meal. 

Summer chicken recipes, featuring grilled chicken drumsticks.
Yield: 20

20 Chicken Recipes for Summer

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These summer chicken recipes are great for a quick weeknight dinner or a weekend barbecue. Enjoy all the seasonal flavors of the season.

Ingredients

Lemon Butter Chicken

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Flour for dredging
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice + zest of 1/2 lemon
  • Chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

Lemon Butter Chicken

  1. Preparation: Cut your chicken breasts in half lengthwise so you have thinner cutlets. Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Lightly coat in flour.
  2. Cooking: In a skillet, heat olive oil and butter. Cook the chicken until golden and set aside.
  3. Sauce Making: In the same skillet, add chicken broth, butter and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Combining: Return the chicken to the skillet, coating it in the garlic and lemon butter sauce. Season with salt & pepper as needed.
  5. Serving: Garnish with fresh parsley and serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 326Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 75mgSodium 306mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 22g

Conclusion: 

Now that you have some tasty new ideas for cooking up delicious summertime meals featuring everyone’s favorite protein, chicken.

You can break free from your dinner rut and start experimenting in the kitchen!

From quick weeknight dinners to special occasions, these recipes are sure to leave your taste buds singing with delight.

Be sure to check out my blog for more inspiring recipes that will help make your meal planning easier than ever this season!

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