There are so many ways to use chicken in appetizing and healthy dishes. Chicken is lower in fat than red meats or pork so if you are health-conscious then you probably eat chicken regularly. We’ve put together a list of our top 7 summer chicken recipes to help you make the most of your summer meals! Many of these recipes call for grilling, so fire up that grill and get ready for some tasty and easy summer chicken recipes!
One way to make chicken juicier, and more flavorful is to marinate the meat ahead of time. To make this classic chicken marinade,
- combine ground black pepper, ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, 3 cloves of garlic, ½ a lemon, 1 lime, ¼ cup cider vinegar, ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil and 3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard.
- In a glass pan, pour the mixed ingredients over the chicken, cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Save some of the marinade (that has not touched the chicken) in a separate container to brush over the meat as you are cooking it.
2. Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
Even finicky eaters will love this dish! Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Line a cookie sheet or baking disk with aluminum foil and coat it with cooking spray or oil.
- Sauté 4 minced garlic cloves in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until tender.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in 4 tablespoons of brown sugar.
- Add other spices or herbs to taste at this point.
- Season 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place them in your baking dish.
- Coat the chicken with the brown sugar and garlic mixture.
- Bake uncovered for about 20 minutes or until the chicken juices run clear.
- Cook times will vary with the size of the chicken breasts.
- Makes 4 servings.
3. Summer Chicken Corn Chowder
This chowder's the perfect way to use leftover chicken!
- Cut cooked chicken into bite-sized cubes.
- Add a full package of frozen corn, or use 8 ears of fresh corn cut from the cob.
- Add 3 tablespoons butter, 5 bacon slices, cooked and minced, 1 medium yellow onion, chopped, ¼ cup all-purpose flour, 1 minced clove of garlic, 5 cups water, 1 lb.
- Yukon gold potatoes in bite-sized chunks, ½ teaspoon dried thyme, 1 bay leaf, salt and freshly ground black pepper, 1 cup half and half (or you can use cream for extra richness), 1 tablespoon honey.
- Bring to a light boil and let simmer for 20 minutes.
- Take out ½ the soup to the blender, and continue to blend until smooth.
- Add back into the chowder pot, and serve garnished with fresh chives and/or cheddar cheese if desired.
- Serves 6.
4. Grilled Honey Lime Chicken
- Preheat the grill to medium heat.
- Sprinkle 1 teaspoon each salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and cumin over the chicken, on both sides. In a bowl combine 1 tsp lime zest, the juice of 1 lime, ¼ cup honey and 2 tsp chili powder.
- Put the chicken on the grill and cook for 5 minutes each side.
- Brush both sides of the chicken with the honey/lime mixture.
- Cook chicken until it reaches 160 degrees internal temperature.
- Serves 4.
5. Chicken Pasta Salad
This dish is almost too easy!
- Use whatever vegetables you have handy, even leftovers!
- Chop into salad sized pieces.
- Cook some bowtie pasta and either bake or grill some chicken.
- Cut the chicken into cubes and mix together with 2 medium Roma tomatoes, ¼ cup vegetable or olive oil, and 1/3 cup red wine vinegar.
- Serve hot or cold, it is delicious either way!
6. Chicken Caprese
- First, cook 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts either in a baking dish in the oven, on the broiler or on the grill.
- Set it aside. Make a balsamic reduction by heating balsamic vinegar in a saucepan over medium heat until it boils.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes until it has reduced by half.
- Plate the chicken and top with 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes cut in half, 1 cup mozzarella cheese in small pieces, and 1 cup fresh basil.
- Drizzle your balsamic reduction over the dish and serve warm.
- Serves 2.
7. Barbeque Chicken
When it comes to barbequing chicken, there are countless different sauces you can use to suit the various tastes of your family or guests. The following are three of our favorites:
Pineapple Teriyaki Sauce
- Mix together 1 cup Teriyaki sauce and ½ cup pineapple juice.
- The sauce will be on the thin side – it’s supposed to be.
- You can add more pineapple juice or even pineapple chunks on top for a fruitier barbeque treat.
- Brush or pour over chicken as it’s cooking.
Peach Barbeque Sauce
- Mix 2/3 cup peach preserves, 1 cup any kind of BBQ sauce, and 3 teaspoons yellow mustard.
- Use a brush as this sauce is thicker.
- Brush on as the chicken cooks.
Sriracha Honey Sauce
- Mix 1/3 cup honey, ¼ cup Sriracha sauce, 1 tsp lemon or lime juice and 1 tsp each of olive oil, garlic powder and onion powder.
- Brush on chicken as it cooks.
And there you have it! 7 outstanding summer chicken breast recipes for you and your family to enjoy!