Great Summer Chicken Recipes

 These chicken recipes are great for casual evening gatherings on the patio, but also can be made ahead and served cold for a picnic. They are easy, flavorful, and festive.

  • 01 of 06
    Photo (c) John Mitzewich
    This technique for barbecue chicken makes for a really juicy bird, with a delicious thick glaze of barbecue sauce, without the dreaded burnt skin. Since the chicken is barbecued almost all the way with the skin side up on the grill, the sauce can cook on to the surface without being burned by the grill's flames.
  • 02 of 06
    Chicken Picatta
    Chicken Picatta. Getty Images

    The fresh, clean taste of Lemon Chicken is good served all year round. Lemon does a much for chicken as it does for fish as you'll see with this recipe. The lemon shines through and highlights the other flavors in this dish as well.

    The best part about this Lemon Chicken recipe is that it's ready in under 30 minutes, and it can also be easily doubled to feed more.

  • 03 of 06
    Photo © John Mitzewich
    Lemon and yogurt have been used as a marinade for grilled chicken recipes for centuries. This grilled chicken recipe is very simple and the yogurt marinade keeps the chicken tender and moist. The marinade also adds a subtly tangy, and delicious flavor.
  • 04 of 06
    Photo (c) John Mitzewich
    Traditional southern fried chicken recipes are simply chicken dusted in flour and fried crisp, but this delicious variation uses a buttermilk bath for a tangy twist. This buttermilk fried chicken is great hot, but also makes a wonderful picnic item served cold.
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  • 05 of 06
    Buffalo Chicken Wings
    Buffalo Chicken Wings. Kathy Kingsley

    This is a baked version of the famed Buffalo chicken wings invented by the owners of the Anchor Barin Buffalo, NY. It's a little healthier than its deep-fried counterpart, but every bit delicious - and in honor of the original dish, be sure to serve these spicy wings with the blue cheese dip and celery sticks.

    Most of us think of Buffalo wings as bar or Super Bowl food, but with their accompaniment of celery sticks and creamy blue-cheese dressing, they also make a pretty-good casual meal....MORE These wings are hot, but if you like them incendiary, pass extra hot sauce around.

  • 06 of 06
    Chicken Tostada
    Chicken Tostada. istock

    Here is an easy recipe for a quick dinner with a south-of-the border flare. It's great with chicken, but can also be made with other shredded meat, such as pork or beef.