Grilled chicken salad

OK. Grilled chicken is for dinner. But now what? Start with an easy recipe for grilled chicken and turn it into something amazing with these six ideas.

Winner, winner,
chicken dinner!

The chicken is defrosted, but now what? If you are wondering how to transform that raw chicken into a fabulous meal, these six ideas for how to serve grilled chicken will help. A lot.

First, start with an easy grilled chicken recipe.

Grilled smoky Caesar chicken

Serves 4


  • 1 cup Caesar dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 pound thin-cut chicken breasts (or chicken breast pounded thin)


  1. Whisk together the Caesar dressing and paprika. Combine with the chicken in a resealable bag. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the chicken and marinade to mix and mingle.
  2. Heat your grill to its medium setting (or prepare charcoal for grilling). Place the chicken on the hot grill, discarding any leftover marinade. Cook for three to five minutes per side or until golden and cooked through, flipping once.

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Pesto chicken sandwich

Pesto chicken sandwich

Chicken, lettuce, tomato, roll, right? Maybe, but turn up the heat on the classic chicken sandwich by doing it with a twist. For a pesto chicken sandwich, spread pesto over the bread and top the chicken with a thin slice of fresh mozzarella.

Basic chicken salad

Basic chicken salad

Start with a bed of your favorite greens. Top with bright, beautiful and fresh veggies. Then lay sliced grilled chicken on top. It's a light lunch or dinner — and absolutely delicious with your favorite dressing.

Provencal chicken wrap

Provencal chicken wrap

Grab your favorite wrap and load it up with chilled greens, sliced grilled chicken and a few spoonfuls of bruschetta topping. If you want, you could toss in some chopped nicoise olives, too. Then wrap it up and enjoy.

Grilled chicken and sundried tomato pasta

Grilled chicken and sundried tomato pasta

While your grilled chicken is cooking, boil your favorite pasta. Once it's done, toss it with sliced grilled chicken, sundried tomato pesto and a few swipes of freshly grated Romano cheese. Be sure to serve it with crusty bread.

Caesar rice bowl

Caesar rice bowl

Top hot fresh rice with slices of grilled chicken as well as raw chopped bell peppers, grated carrots and shelled edamame. Drizzle with Caesar dressing and stir vigorously to combine. You can also use other veggies (baby spinach anyone?) if you prefer.

Parmesan chicken baked potatoes

Parmesan chicken baked potatoes

Bake up some potatoes. When they are done, score the top and open them. Top the steamy potato with chopped grilled chicken, quartered grape tomatoes and a lot of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Devour.

More ideas for how to serve grilled chicken

Looking for another idea on how to serve grilled chicken? Plate it topped with a spoon or two of bruschetta topping, chopped tomatoes and basil or salsa. And put some steamed sweet corn on the side too.

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Comments on "6 Ideas for grilled chicken"

Erin February 16, 2013 | 6:03 PM

Chicken was the deal of the week at my local grocery store next to my house. Thanks for helping me figure what to do with all of it :)

Tiffany September 12, 2012 | 1:51 PM

THANK YOU for these ideas. Seriously, we BBQ chicken all the time and it's literally just that - grilled chicken and we cover it in BBQ sauce. I'm always looking at ways to make it more interesting but can never think of anything.

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