GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – By mid summer, the idea of grilled chicken doesn’t seem very exciting. Get out of your dinner rut with these 8 ways to spice up your chicken:
Step up your sauce game
Take grilled chicken from ‘blah’ to ‘oh yeah!’ with a heavenly sauce. Use your creativity to mix up something different. Try spicy and sweet with: Sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, and chile garlic sauce. Another tasty option? Try this simple mushroom sage sauce.
Add a little something sweet
I love chicken with something sweet for dinner. It’s surprising and fun for summer grilling! Try topping BBQ chicken with juicy grilled pineapple. A new twist on classic chicken! If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll flip for this brown sugar rubbed chicken.
Spice up a salad
Grill a large batch of chicken and save a few pieces for your lunch during the week. Shred or cube up the chicken to add to any salad. Try grilled chicken, pecans, mandarin oranges, and goat cheeese on spinach leaves. Yum! Need salad inspiration? Try this lemony chicken with cucumber and feta salad.
Add color and flavor with salsa
Add excitement to any chicken by topping with salsa. A fruity, chunky nectarine salsa with cilantro is unexpected and super refreshing! Crazy for avocado? Try this Cayenne rubbed chicken with avocado salsa!
Experiment with new flavors
Do something a little out of your comfort zone. Try a new jerk seasoning or use a curry rub.Looking for something unexpected? Try this cocoa and curry rubbed chicken, it will be sure to spice up your dinner table!
Wrap it up!
Use that leftover chicken for a lunch time wrap or sandwich. Toss leftover chicken in buffalo sauce and wrap it up with bleu cheese. A yummy lunch to get through a midweek slump! This pesto chicken sandwich is so easy, you’ll want it everyday.
Try a whole grilled chicken
Usually you buy chicken already divided up. Step up your grilling game with a whole chicken! It stays juicy and super flavorful. Don’t be intimidated, it’s much easier than it sounds! This Tuscan grilled lemon chicken is one of the easiest whole chicken recipes.
Rub, brine, marinade!
Let your prep work pay off! Thinking ahead to brine or marinade your chicken will have huge benefits for the final product. The easiest four ingredient marinade is: 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup oil, 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/2 cup vinegar. Love this idea? Here are 6 brines for chicken using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.