The 6 Essential Chicken Recipes of Summer

Get must-have summer recipes for grilled chicken, fried chicken, chicken burgers and more at Food Network. 

Hot dogs and burgers may be the poster children of summer eating, but there’s another unassuming protein that packs a punch during the warm-weather months: chicken. But we don’t mean just any chicken. Summer is the time when this white meat truly shines, since it can come every which way: grilled, fried, barbecued and more. These six must-make chicken recipes belong on your summer bucket list.

If you’ve ever made beer can chicken, you know that this technique results in the most game-changing, moist chicken ever. For Beer Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue Sauce, simply sit a whole chicken on top of an open beer can and set it on the grill over indirect heat. The can holds the chicken up inside the grill, so it cooks extra-juicy and tender.

Brined before grilling for extra-juicy results, Tyler’s Ultimate Barbecued Chicken is slathered in homemade smoky-sweet barbecue sauce flavored with bacon, molasses and spices.

Odds are, you have big plans for beefy burgers all season long. Take a break with Rachael Ray’s BBQ Chicken Burgers, which spice up ground chicken with smoky barbecue flavor.

When all else fails, stick a stick in it. Bobby Flay’s Yucatan Chicken Skewers call for juicy chicken thighs, plus a dose of freshly squeezed citrus, chipotle and ancho chile.

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Photo by: Christopher Testani

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With its ability to be enjoyed piping hot just after cooking or room-temp for easy picnicking, Fried Chicken is a summertime win. Food Network Magazine’s recipe does it right with a buttermilk marinade and seven-ingredient spice blend.

Is there any better dish for outdoor eating than summery tacos? Bobby Flay’s 5-star Spice-Rubbed Chicken Breast Tacos swaddle grilled sweet-and-spicy chicken with barbecue onions, charred poblanos and crisp coleslaw inside grilled flour tortillas.

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