Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs are a summer favorite. Tender juicy grilled chicken is layered with a rainbow of veggies in a tangy Pineapple BBQ Sauce.

Serve this yummy meal with an easy rice pilaf or even a simple summer salad for a great meal!

Four Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs

Perfect for Summer

Like most grilling recipes, kabobs are the perfect summer meal! Chicken and fresh veggies all beautifully stacked on a skewer and grilled until caramelized.

The possibilities are endless.  These Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs are delicious when you make them and perfect leftover and added to a salad for lunch the next day.

If you’re using wood skewers, be sure to give them a soak first so they don’t burn on the grill!

Or Winter….

Don’t have a grill or want to stand out in the snow? No problem, you can also make these kabobs in the oven!

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Place prepared kabobs on a foil lined pan.
  3. Bake 22-26 minutes or until chicken reaches 165°F.

Easy peasy!

A rainbow of veggies on pan for chicken kebabs

One of the very best things about summer is all of the fresh produce and I try to incorporate it into every meal. These Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs are loaded up with peppers, chicken and of course pineapple and are brushed with an easy to create Pineapple Honey BBQ sauce!

Delicious BBQ Sauce is Key

Having a delicious thick BBQ sauce is great to add that sticky caramelized finish we all love so much .

Combine KC Masterpiece® BBQ Sauce & Dry Rubs with ANY liquid to create a delicious sauce or marinade. I simply added pineapple juice to the mix… I often add it to homemade bbq sauce for a basting sauce too. This makes tender grilled kabobs with loads of sweet tangy pineapple flavor.

hawaiian chicken kabobs being brushed with marinade

Great for Marinades

Making a great chicken marinade is easy and delicious! Most marinades need a bit of acidity and in this case I use pineapple juice. Not only does this tenderize the meat (don’t worry, it’s just a bit, it won’t make the meat mushy) but it also adds flavor and the sugars in the juice help to caramelize the sauce!

If you haven’t seen these mixes yet, I’m kind of in love with them! Each box comes with two pouches of mix that can be combined with any liquid to create your own sauces and marinades…  think beer, cola, juice or root beer to create the perfect BBQ sauce for your summer grilling!

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs with peppers

More Grilled Chicken Recipes

Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs. Tender juicy chicken layered with a rainbow of veggies in a tangy Pineapple Honey BBQ Sauce. The perfect quick & easy summer meal!

  • 4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup mushrooms (halved)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 purple onion

Sauce

  • 1 package KC Masterpiece® BBQ Sauce & Dry Rub (Sweet Honey)
  • 1 3/4 cup pineapple juice (divided)

Sauce

  1. Combine 3/4 pineapple juice and 1 pouch KC Masterpiece® BBQ Sauce & Dry Rub. Set aside.

Skewers

  1. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. In a large zipper bag combine 1 cup pineapple juice and 1 pouch KC Masterpiece® BBQ Sauce & Dry Rub and chicken. Marinate 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat grill to medium high.
  3. Thread chicken and vegetables onto skewers and brush with BBQ Sauce.
  4. Grill 12-16 minutes or until cooked through.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of KC Masterpiece® . The opinions and text are all mine.

Glazed Lemon Honey Garlic Chicken

Glazed Lemon Honey Garlic Chicken is tender and juicy chicken cooked in the skillet topped the most amazing lemon honey garlic glaze!  You are going to love this simple but full of flavor 30 minute meal! 

Quick and easy meals that are the best family meals are perfect for a busy weeknight. If you love 30 minutes meals try this Caramel Chicken, Chicken Enchiladas with Avocado Cream Sauce or Cider Glazed Chicken.

Glazed Honey Lemon Garlic Chicken

If you haven’t noticed yet, 30 minute meals are becoming my BFF lately.  And my skillet meals are becoming quite popular on my site.  This Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken is soaring to one of the most popular skillet meals on the site!

These 30 minute meals are saving me during the busy school year and I am still able to provide a delicious meal that brings the family together for just a few minutes each night.

The best part about this recipe is that it only requires a few ingredients.  I had all of the ingredients in the pantry and some costco chicken in the fridge and this meal was on the dinner table in no time at all!

The chicken gets cooked in butter on the skillet infusing delicious flavor and making the chicken tender and juicy.  And then the glaze that goes on top is incredible.

A little bit of tang from the lemon, plus the sweet honey, and garlic all come together to add big flavor to this simple meal.

Your entire family will love this meal!  And you will love it because it is easy to make and has the most incredible lemon garlic honey glaze.  Simple, minimal ingredients, and big on flavor.  That is how we like ’em!

How to make Glazed Honey Lemon Garlic Chicken?

  • In a medium sized skillet add the butter and allow to melt over medium high heat. Add the chicken thighs to the skillet and salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until chicken is no longer pink and 165 degrees.
  • In a small bowl whisk olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, honey, soy sauce and Italian seasoning. Pour it on top of the chicken and cook for a few minutes to allow the garlic to cook and for the sauce to reduce and thicken.

glazed lemon garlic honey chicken

Chicken Breast or Chicken Thighs?

You can substitute thighs for chicken breasts. You get a better flavored part of the chicken from the thighs that are a working muscles, which is why they are darker meat. I prefer thighs over breasts for cooking and eating however either is great for this recipe.

How do you know when Chicken Thighs are done?

The safe internal temperature for cooked chicken is 165° Fahrenheit(75° Celsius). A meat or instant-read thermometer is your best bet for determining the temperature of your chicken, and if you’re cooking a whole bird, it should be inserted into the thickest part of the thigh but not touching bone.

What goes well with Glazed Honey Lemon Garlic Chicken?

  • Green Salad
  • White or Brown Rice
  • Pasta
  • Green Vegetables: Green Beans, Broccoli or Asparagus

glazed lemon garlic honey chicken

 

Looking for more honey garlic recipes? Try these!

 

Glazed Lemon Honey Garlic Chicken

Glazed Lemon Honey Garlic Chicken is tender and juicy chicken cooked in the skillet topped the most amazing lemon honey garlic glaze! You are going to love this simple but full of flavor 30 minute meal!

  • 1 pound boneless chicken thighs (breasts will also work)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  1. In a medium sized skillet add the butter and allow to melt over medium high heat. Add the chicken thighs to the skillet and salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until chicken is no longer pink and 165 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl whisk olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, honey, soy sauce and Italian seasoning. Pour it on top of the chicken and cook for a few minutes to allow the garlic to cook and for the sauce to reduce and thicken.

 

Lettuce Wraps – PF Chang’s Style!

Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a healthy and fun option that can be made so easily and quickly! Chicken, bell peppers, and green onions are tossed in a homemade Asian sauce and served in a fresh crisp lettuce cup. 

This chicken lettuce wraps recipe is perfect served as an appetizer, a delicious dinner or even a side dish with other Asian-themed fares, like teriyaki grilled chicken thighs or chicken chow mein.

Lettuce wraps prepared on a serving platter.

What Kind of Lettuce for Lettuce Wraps

Your Asian lettuce wraps recipe will look as good as the lettuce you use, so be sure to choose bright green and crispy looking leaves.

Besides that though, nearly any kind of lettuce will work!

  • Butter Lettuce or Bibb Lettuce: butter or bibb lettuce has a great shape and doesn’t crack but is soft so it can’t be overfilled.
  • Iceberg Lettuce: is fresh, sturdy and crunchy but the larger leaves can crack if you bend them so cut them if they’re really big.
  • Other: Romaine lettuce, kale…. pretty much any kind of lettuce you like will work.

How Do I Cut It? Carefully separate the lettuce leaves and rinse and pat dry. Keep them whole, and if you must, slice off any white or hardy ends that won’t wrap well.

Lettuce wrap sauce being poured over cooked chicken and diced peppers.

How to Make Lettuce Wraps

With these lettuce wraps, it’s really all about the sauce! Feel free to add red pepper flakes or Sriracha for a spicier flavor!

To Make the Sauce:

  1. Combine the sauce ingredients and whisk well.
  2. Make a slurry by dissolving the cornstarch in a little bit of water and then add to the sauce mixture to thicken. Set the sauce aside.

To Make the Chicken Filling:

  1. Finely dice chicken, toss with cornstarch and put in the fridge.
  2. Heat olive oil, garlic, ginger & green onions. Cook everything down until fragrant and soft.
  3. Add the chicken, and cook about 4 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, including the sauce and cook down until the sauce is thickened.

To serve, scoop into a section of lettuce leaf and top with chopped peanuts, extra hoisin sauce or Sriracha!

Lettuce wrap chicken filling in a frying pan.

What to Serve with Lettuce Wraps

The original PF Chang’s lettuce wraps are served on a bed of deep fried rice noodles but we put out a huge plate of shredded veggies. Cabbage, carrots, peppers, cucumbers, cilantro… the sky’s the limit!

If the lettuce wraps are part of an entire Asian-fusion inspired meal, serve them alongside some slow cooker honey garlic chicken, or a hot and sour soup for something lighter!

Lettuce wrap filled with chicken filling.

Asian Inspired Appetizers

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

A deliciously flavorful chicken stir fry wrapped in fresh crisp lettuce leaves. This makes a great appetizer or meal.

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 chicken breasts (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger (minced/grated)
  • 2 green onions (sliced, whites & greens separated)
  • 8 oz water chestnuts (diced)
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper (diced)
  • lettuce leaves (iceberg or butter lettuce for serving)
  • toppings as desired

Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce (plus extra for serving)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  1. Combine diced chicken with cornstarch. Refrigerate while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

  2. Combine all sauce ingredients and set aside.

  3. Heat olive oil to a pan over medium heat. Add ginger, garlic and the whites of the green onions and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

  4. Add chicken and cook until almost cooked through, about 3-4 minutes. Add water chestnuts, bell pepper and sauce. Simmer 2-3 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

  5. To serve, place a scoop of the warm chicken filling in a lettuce leaf. Add desired toppings and drizzle with a little bit of hoisin sauce.

If you’ve had lettuce wraps at PF Changs, they are served with crispy rice noodles. I opted not to include the rice noodles in this recipe to make it a little bit healthier. If you want to add them they are fairly simple to fry up!

Heat 2 cups of vegetable or peanut oil to 350 degrees. Separate your noodles and drop one in. If it crisps up right away, your oil is ready. Drop noodles in the hot oil in small batches until they crisp up (just takes a few seconds). Drain on paper towels. Serve with lettuce wraps.

Recipe inspired by Food Network Magazine

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This easy chicken lettuce wrap recipe tosses chicken, bell peppers and green onions in a homemade Asian inspired sauce. Perfect as an appetizer or quick and healthy dinner any night of the week! #spendwithpennies #lettucewraps #asianinspired #appetizer #healthyrecipes
This easy chicken lettuce wrap recipe tosses chicken, bell peppers and green onions in a homemade Asian inspired sauce. Perfect as an appetizer or quick and healthy dinner any night of the week! #spendwithpennies #lettucewraps #asianinspired #appetizer #healthyrecipes

Chicken Seasoning – ready in 5 mins

Chicken Seasoning is packed with fragrant, savory herbs and piquant spices for a little kick, this recipe makes any poultry dish special. 

It’s not just a good seasoning for chicken either. There are so many other ways to use this savory seasoning. Season homemade stuffing, stews or casseroles too!

Whole chicken rubbed with chicken seasoning.

What to Season Chicken With

This chicken seasoning recipe combines dried ingredients, each with its own unique flavor, to create the perfect seasoning! Delicious on cooked turkey or oven baked chicken breasts or used in so many other ways!

  • Savory: basil, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, sage
  • Fragrant: garlic powder, onion powder, dill weed
  • Piquant: paprika, pepper, cayenne, dried mustard powder

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl are directed in the recipe. Then pack the mixture in an airtight container. It will keep for up to 6 months, so we recommend making lots!

Chicken seasoning ingredients on a plate.

How to Season Chicken

It’s easy to make chicken when you have this seasoning on hand. Just sprinkle it liberally on the chicken before roasting, including the inside.

You can also use this as a rub for skinless chicken breasts or thighs.

  1. Mix equal parts of chicken seasoning and brown sugar.
  2. Rub on the chicken and allow to rest in the refrigerator for a minimum of one hour.

Once seasoned, cook using your desired cooking method!

Bowl of chicken seasoning mixed.

How to Cook Seasoned Chicken

Seasoned chicken is best cooked by baking, roasting or grilled – especially on a beer can chicken! For safety, use a meat thermometer and check that the internal temperature registers 165°F.

Here are some tips to follow for juicy, tender results:

  • Roasted – Whole turkey or chicken should be roasted at 20 minutes per pound in a preheated 375°F oven. For best results, cover with foil for most of the cooking time. Then remove the foil and give it an extra 20 minutes cooking to crisp up the skin.
  • Baked – Seasoned and baked chicken legs can be brushed with olive oil before sprinkling with seasoning. Bake at 400°F for about 40 minutes. Boneless Baked Chicken Breasts need only 22-25 minutes.
  • GrilledGrilled boneless chicken breasts need 7-8 minutes per side while grilled bone in chicken takes 35-45 minutes.

You’ll never use store-bought poultry seasoning again once you’ve tried this amazing chicken seasoning recipe.

Stock Your Spice Cabinet!

Chicken Seasoning

This chicken seasoning and versatile and can be storied for up to 6 months. So make lots and use on anything from chicken to casseroles and stews!

  • 2 tablespoons basil (dried)
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary (crushed dried )
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme (ground)
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons parsley (dried)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt (or to taste)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  2. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

  3. To use sprinkle over chicken before grilling, baking or frying.
  4. To use as a rub, combine 2 tablespoons of chicken seasoning with 2 teaspoons brown sugar or to taste.

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Juicy Grilled Chicken Thighs

Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Thighs are the perfect partner for the barbecue. They are marinated in a sweet & flavorful marinade and cook up succulent and juicy every time.

These are the best-grilled chicken thighs to serve with grilled vegetables, roasted potatoes or grilled corn on the cob.

Grilled chicken thighs garnished with green onions and sesame seeds.

Easy Teriyaki Chicken Marinade

This is a citrusy, Asian inspired marinade. For a different flavor, you could use lemon and/or lime juices instead of the orange juice, and Dijon mustard in place of the ketchup. The possibilities are endless!

  • Liquids: soy sauce, honey, ketchup, orange juice
  • Seasonings: green onions, garlic, ginger

There are plenty of other grilled chicken thigh marinades. A standard chicken marinade contains something acidic, oil, sugar and lots of flavor.

You can use a homemade Italian dressing (or bottled) or any other flavorful vinaigrette will work (such as lemon vinaigrette). Marinades are versatile and adaptable to your taste, so go ahead and experiment!

Two images showing teriyaki marinade ingredients being prepared.

How to Grill Chicken Thighs

Grilled boneless chicken thighs are perfect for barbecues, they are inexpensive, easy to grill and don’t require the oven (like with Oven Baked Chicken Breasts).

They hold up to the heat and flames without drying out, delivering satisfaction in every bite.

  1. Marinate chicken thighs a minimum of two hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat grill and discard marinade.
  3. Place thighs on the grill, starting with the smooth side.
  4. Flip when seared and after charred grill marks appear.

Remove when juices run clear and the meat is uniformly cooked to a minimum of 165°F. Toss with fresh green onions and sesame seeds for a beautiful presentation!

Chicken thighs marinating in a teriyaki marinade.

How Long to Grill

Grilled chicken thigh recipes recommend cooking to the minimum poultry-safe temperature of 165°F. Chicken thighs can actually be cooked to up to 180°F without drying out. Many think the higher temperature yields better tenderness and flavor too. Check the internal temperature by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken.

  • If using a hot charcoal kettle-style grill, boneless chicken thighs will take about 10-13 minutes.
  • If using a gas grill, chicken thighs will cook in about 10-12 minutes on medium heat.

Teriyaki grilled chicken thighs garnished with green onions and sesame seeds.

More Grilled Goodness

Grilled Chicken Thighs

Grilled Chicken Thighs are perfect for the grill. They cook up succulent and juicy, especially when soaked in this sweet Asian inspired marinade!

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs

Marinade

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 green onions (sliced)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (finely minced)
  • 1 tablespoon sweet rice wine (optional)
  1. Mix all marinade ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Combine chicken and marinade ingredients in a bowl or freezer bag.
  3. Marinate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat grill to medium. Remove chicken from marinade and discard any marinade.
  5. Grill chicken thighs 5-7 minutes per side or until cooked through and no pink remains (165°F).

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This grilled chicken thigh recipe is quick and easy! Once marinated in the Asian honey marinade, just toss on the grill for 10 minutes! This makes the best, juicy chicken thighs my family has ever tasted! #spendwithpennies #grilledchickenthighs #chickenmarinade #Asian #grilling #BBQ
This grilled chicken thigh recipe is quick and easy! Once marinated in the Asian honey marinade, just toss on the grill for 10 minutes! This makes the best, juicy chicken thighs my family has ever tasted! #spendwithpennies #grilledchickenthighs #chickenmarinade #Asian #grilling #BBQ

Beer Can Chicken (only 3 ingredients)

Beer Can Chicken is easy to make with a can (or two!) of your favorite brew and can be grilled (or baked)!  A tender juicy chicken perfectly seasoned is set upon a beer can to grill to tender perfection.

In just a couple of steps, you’ve got a savory summer dish that rivals any Roast Chicken without turning on the oven!

Cooked Beer Can Chicken in a cast iron pan resting

How to Cook Beer Can Chicken

Whether you bbq or bake beer can chicken in the oven, this is truly fun and tasty. With the beer flavor gently infused into the meat, and a great chicken seasoning rub, you can pair with your favorite grilled corn salad or top a Caesar Pasta Salad.

Cooking the perfect juicy beer can chicken starts by pouring yourself half a can of beer while getting started on the prep work! ;)

  1. Remove the giblets from the chicken and rub with chicken seasoning.
  2. Place the chicken over the half-empty can of beer and set securely in a cast iron pan.

Beer Can Chicken Seasoning

You can use any kind of chicken seasoning you’d like including store bought or homemade. If you’d like this recipe is great made with

To make my favorite homemade chicken seasoning combine the following:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons each: basil, paprika, onion powder, rosemary, dry mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon each: ground thyme, black pepper, garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste

Beer can chicken seasoning and a can of beer in a cast iron skillet

How to Support the Chicken

As long as the chicken fits securely over the can of beer, a special rack really isn’t necessary. You can also use crumpled up foil to create a ring around the chicken if it needs a little more support.

You can also buy specially made wire racks that support the chicken by holding it upright with the can of beer inserted into the cavity. These can be purchased almost anywhere BBQ and grilling accessories (or you can get them online).

Seasoned chicken being placed over a beer can on a cast iron skillet.

Beer Can Chicken on the Grill:

  1. Preheat to medium heat (375°F).
  2. Place the chicken, in the cast iron pan on the grill.
  3. Let the chicken cook until it reaches 165°F on a meat thermometer, approximately 50-60 minutes.

Remove from the grill, take out the beer can, and let rest before serving. If the chicken begins to brown too much on the outside, lightly tent with foil.

Beer Can Chicken on the grill ready to be cooked and a cooked beer can chicken

Beer Can Chicken in the Oven:

  1. Preheat to 375°F.
  2. Place the chicken upright, on the cast iron pan, in the oven.
  3. Bake until chicken reaches 165°F, about 45 to 55 minutes.

Remove from oven, take out the beer can, and let rest before serving.

When cooking chicken, check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. The safe internal temperature of a chicken breast is 165°F and the thigh is 180°F. When checking the temperature be careful not to hit a bone as this can skew results.

The Best Sides to Serve

Beer can chicken screams for picnic sides like potato or pasta salad recipe, fresh grilled corn on the cob, and definitely some wedges of juicy watermelon!

Grilled Summer Sides

Beer Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken is a 3 ingredient dish that takes summer fun to the next level! Pour yourself a glass of beer and get cooking.

  • 1 chicken (about 3-4 lbs)
  • 1 can beer
  • 3 tablespoons chicken seasoning
  1. Remove and discard any giblets inside the chicken.
  2. Open the beer and empty half of the can (into a glass for the chef is fine). ;)
  3. Combine the spice rub and massage over the chicken. Place the chicken over the beer can, legs down and place in a 9" cast iron skillet.

To Grill

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat, about 375°F.
  2. Place the cast iron skillet with the beer can and chicken directly the grill. Close the lid and allow to cook until tender and the chicken reaches 165°F in the breast and 180°F in the thigh. (Approximately 50-60 minutes).

  3. Carefully remove from the grill, discard beer can and rest 10 minutes, tented with foil, before carving.

To Bake

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Place the cast iron skillet with the beer can chicken in the oven. Allow to cook until tender and the chicken reaches 165°F in the breast and 180°F in the thigh. (Approximately 45-60 minutes).

  3. Carefully remove from the oven, discard beer can and rest 10 minutes, tented with foil, before carving.

This beer can chicken recipe can be made on the grill or in the oven. With just 3 ingredients - chicken, beer and seasonings - and a couple of steps you can have this juicy chicken ready in time for dinner! No special holder required! #spendwithpennies #beercanchicken #grilling #ovenbaked #chickenrecipes #summerrecipes
This beer can chicken recipe can be made on the grill or in the oven. With just 3 ingredients - chicken, beer and seasonings - and a couple of steps you can have this juicy chicken ready in time for dinner! No special holder required! #spendwithpennies #beercanchicken #grilling #ovenbaked #chickenrecipes #summerrecipes
This beer can chicken recipe can be made on the grill or in the oven. With just 3 ingredients - chicken, beer and seasonings - and a couple of steps you can have this juicy chicken ready in time for dinner! No special holder required! #spendwithpennies #beercanchicken #grilling #ovenbaked #chickenrecipes #summerrecipes

Santa Fe Chicken Packets Perfect for the Grill!

Chicken Foil Packets are the perfect easy, breezy summer grilling meal! With heart-healthy pieces of chicken, some zesty seasonings and a handful of beans and veggies, an entire entrée can be made in no time at all…with no dishes!

We serve this meal with warm corn tortillas, homemade salsa and fresh guacamole for the perfect meal!

Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packet grilled and garnished with jalapeños and cilantro.

Chicken foil packets are great to take on a picnic, camping, or even just to the backyard grill. This Santa Fe Chicken recipe grills up a super tasty south-of-the-border flair! Perfect served over a bed of cilantro lime rice or a helping of Mexican rice.

What is Santa Fe Chicken?

Santa Fe Chicken is a popular entrée that lets you mix and match the veggies and level of spice you want! Go for fresh, colorful vegetables that cook at the same rate as everything else!

Try seasoning with a homemade taco seasoning recipe or homemade chili powder to control your spice level!

Chicken in foil with toppings in a bowl to the side.

How to Make Chicken Foil Packets

With a quick prep time, this recipe is great for busy summer days with a delicious balance of fresh veggies and beans.

  1. Place large pieces of foil (about 10”x10”), on a flat work surface & spray with cooking spray.
  2. Put chicken in the center of each piece and season. Add Veggies and salsa over each chicken breast.
  3. Fold in the ends to seal the foil packets and grill.

Two images showing the steps to topping the chicken with veggies and salsa.

Let’s Get Grilling

On the grill, aim for about 20-25 minutes per packet, flipping halfway through. Always test for doneness with a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken breast, approximately 165°F.

Once done, remove packets and carefully open each packet and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Leaving the packets open, return to the grill and cook until the cheese is fully melted (2-3 minutes).

Remove from heat and top with sour cream, guacamole, black olives, jalapeños and more salsa! Serve over a bed of rice or with heated corn or flour tortillas for a fun twist!

More Foil-Pack Meals

Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packets

This Chicken Foil Packet is made with a Mexican flair, combining black beans, corn and salsa! Cook on the grill, in the oven or over the campfire for a delicious flavor-packed meal.

  • 4 chicken breasts (7-8 oz each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 15 oz black beans (drained & rinsed)
  • 2 cups whole kernel corn
  • 1 cup diced bell peppers (any color)
  • 3/4 cup salsa (or 10 oz Rotel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese (or monterey jack)
  • cilantro (tomatoes & jalapenos for garnish)
  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Place four large pieces of foil on work surface and spray each with cooking spray. Place 1 chicken breast on each piece of foil and season with chili powder, salt & pepper.
  3. Divide beans, corn, peppers, and salsa over top of chicken breasts.
  4. Fold in the ends to seal each packet. Place packets the grill vegetable side down for 10 minutes.
  5. Flip packets over and grill an additional 10-12 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and reaches 165°F.
  6. Place packets on a large baking pan. Carefully open packets and top with cheese. Place the baking pan back on the grill to melt the cheese.
  7. Top as desired.

We love to slice up the chicken and serve these with corn or flour tortillas.

 

 

This chicken foil packet recipe is made with a Mexican flair. Using black beans, corn, and salsa, it is a flavor-packed meal perfect for the grill, for the oven, or the campfire! #spendwithpennies #santafechicken #chickenfoilpackets #hobodinners #maincourse #Mexican
This chicken foil packet recipe is made with a Mexican flair. Using black beans, corn, and salsa, it is a flavor-packed meal perfect for the grill, for the oven, or the campfire! #spendwithpennies #santafechicken #chickenfoilpackets #hobodinners #maincourse #Mexican

Creamy Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad (Easy!)

Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad is packed with flavor, texture and color! While our favorite Italian pasta salad recipe is often served as a side, this hearty dish eats like a meal!

Loaded with chicken, pasta, bacon and veggies this dish is tossed in a rich ranch mayo dressing for the perfect meal to satisfy a crowd.

Chicken pasta salad mixed and garnished with green onions and dill.

This chicken pasta salad is an easy way to stretch any leftover baked chicken breast or you can use rotisserie chicken or leftover roast chicken! You can serve it as a main dish, or as a side at a potluck (and it makes great lunches throughout the week).

What Goes in Pasta Salad

When making a cold pasta salad you can add in as many or as little ingredients are you want. A classic version will always start with a pasta base, meat, veggies and cheese.

  • Pasta: tri-color penne or rotini pasta but of course any medium pasta will work
  • Meat: diced cooked chicken, crumbled bacon… use leftover turkey or ham instead
  • Veggies: opt for a variety of colors and textures to make a pretty and flavorful pasta salad
  • Flavors: get a flavor boost from cheese, onions, fresh herbs or even add sliced olives (black or green)

You can use regular pasta, substitute cheeses according to your preference, and add in what you have on hand. Try some chopped red, yellow and orange bell pepper for a fresh flavor and crunch.

Overview of chicken pasta salad ingredients in a glass bowl.

Chicken Pasta Salad Dressing

For the tastiest pasta salad dressing, I create a delicious and easy ranch style dressing. Making chicken pasta salad with mayo makes it rich and creamy. The addition of fresh herbs adds extra flavor!

Overview of chicken pasta salad ingredients and dressing on top, in a glass bowl before being mixed.

How to Make Chicken Pasta Salad

Chicken ranch pasta salad comes together quickly, once you’ve prepped your veggies and shredded the cheeses. Just follow these steps:

  1. Cook the pasta al dente, drain and rinse.
  2. Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl, and mix in the dressing.
  3. Refrigerate for a minimum of one hour.

Before serving, sprinkle with fresh chopped green onion and extra bacon.

Close up of chicken ranch pasta salad garnished with green onions and dill.

Can You Freeze It?

Unfortunately, chicken bacon ranch pasta salad is not a good candidate for the freezer. Too many of the ingredients just don’t hold up well. Mayonnaise separates, sour cream turns grainy and watery and fresh tomatoes turn to icky mush. But don’t worry. Everyone loves chicken pasta salad, and you probably won’t have to worry about leftovers!

Like most cold pasta salad recipes, this hold in the refrigerator for about three days, so if you need to make it in advance, plan accordingly.

Popular Pasta Salads

Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is packed with flavor and color! Rotini pasta, diced chicken, and a homemade ranch dressing make this tasty side dish!

  • 12 oz tri-color rotini pasta (cooked and cooled)
  • 2 cups chicken (cooked and diced )
  • 6 slices bacon (cooked and crumbled)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (diced)
  • 3 green onions (sliced)
  • fresh parsley and dill for garnish (optional)

Dressing

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 package ranch dressing mix
  • 1/3 cup milk
  1. Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with dressing.
  3. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Garnish with green onions and serve.

Serve this ranch chicken pasta salad as a main dish when feeding a crowd! Leftover rotisserie chicken, rotini, and a creamy homemade ranch dressing made with mayo and sour cream make the perfect dish. #spendwithpennies #ranchchickenpastasalad #pastasaladrecipe #sidedish #leftoverchicken
Serve this ranch chicken pasta salad as a main dish when feeding a crowd! Leftover rotisserie chicken, rotini, and a creamy homemade ranch dressing made with mayo and sour cream make the perfect dish. #spendwithpennies #ranchchickenpastasalad #pastasaladrecipe #sidedish #leftoverchicken

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad – Seriously Good!

chicken caesar pasta salad

Caesar Pasta Salad is the perfect dish for summer. Tender pasta noodles tossed with traditional Caesar Salad ingredients in a creamy garlic lemon dressing this meal is both flavorful and filling.

Adding grilled chicken breast turns this dish into a full meal and is perfect served alongside a slice of Homemade Garlic Bread!

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad is the perfect dish for summer. Loaded with traditional Caesar Salad ingredients in a creamy garlic lemon dressing this meal is both flavorful and filling. I love that can be made ahead of time and served on the hottest of days, offering relief from the heat of the oven!

I love that can be made ahead of time and served on the hottest of days, offering relief from the heat of the oven!

Caesar Salad Lovers

If you like a homemade Caesar Salad, you are going to love this Caesar Pasta Salad recipe. It combines all of the delicious flavors of a classic Caesar salad with pasta to make a perfect summer meal!

Caesar salad dressing has to be one of my all time favorites, rich and creamy with a distinct lemon and garlic flavor. I highly suggest making the homemade dressing for this recipe, it’s both quick and delicious.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad has a blend of traditional Caesar Salad ingredients in a delicious homemade creamy garlic lemon dressing. This meal is both flavorful and filling. I love that can be made ahead of time and served on the hottest of days, offering relief from the heat of the oven!

The Secret Ingredient

Well, I guess it’s not really secret… but Caesar salad dressing typically has anchovies in it and they really do add an amazing dimension of flavor to this dressing!

I personally don’t eat much that has a really strong fish flavor but using anchovy paste adds so much umami to this recipe (I don’t use tons so it’s not super fishy) that I never leave it out.

You can certainly replace anchovies with blended capers if you don’t want to use it but it’s worth trying at least once. Using a paste instead of chopped anchovy fillets makes a smoother dressing and I prefer it without little chunks so I generally use the paste but if you happen to have filets on hand, definitely use those!

If you’re really in a time crunch you can most certainly sub in your favorite bottled Caesar salad dressing; either way, this Caesar pasta salad is unforgettably good!

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad features my favorite Caesar Salad ingredients in a delicious homemade dressing. Loaded with lemon, garlic and parmesan, this meal is both  flavorful and filling.

Tips for Caesar Pasta Salad

  • As with all pasta recipes, be sure to salt your pasta water.
  • Any medium pasta shape will work in this recipe.
  • You can use grilled chicken, rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken to make this recipe quick.
  • To make this meal a side dish, leave out the chicken.
  • Homemade dressing is best but you can certainly substitute your favorite bottled caesar salad dressing if you prefer.
  • Bacon or real bacon bits will both work perfectly in this recipe.  Skip the imitation bacon, it will get soggy.

Homemade Herb Croutons is both easy and delish! I whip up a batch and store them for use over the next couple of weeks.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad is favorite summer pasta salad recipe. Caesar Salad ingredients combined with pasta in a delicious homemade dressing. Loaded with lemon, garlic and parmesan, this meal is both  flavorful and filling.

Parmesan for Caesar Pasta Salad

Caesar Pasta Salad tastes best when using fresh parmesan cheese; you can use a powdered version if that is what you have, but the flavor of fresh parmesan really takes this recipe to the next level of yum! While real fresh parmesan cheese can be a bit pricey, it lasts forever in the fridge and it just a little bit goes a long way since the flavor is intense.

While we do serve this as a summer main dish, you can certainly make it into the perfect potluck side dish by skipping the chicken. I do prefer to toss this pasta salad with dressing right before serving for maximum freshness, but surprisingly the lettuce holds up really well in this salad and if we have leftovers we enjoy it for lunch for a couple of days!

More Perfect Pasta Salads

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Loaded with the traditional Caesar Salad flavors in a creamy garlic lemon dressing this meal is both flavorful and filling.

  • 3/4 lb penne (or other medium pasta)
  • 2-3 chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • seasoning to taste (I love cajun seasoning)
  • 6 cups romaine lettuce (chopped)
  • 1 cup croutons
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 6 slices bacon (cooked and crumbled)
  • lemon wedges for serving

DRESSING

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons anchovy paste
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • salt & fresh black pepper to taste
  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a large bowl. Refrigerate.
  2. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Run under cold water and drain well.
  3. Season chicken breasts with olive oil and seasoning to taste. Grill over medium heat 4-5 minutes per side or until juices run clear. (165 degrees). Rest until cooled.
  4. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with desired amount of dressing.
  5. Serve immediately.

 

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad is the perfect dish for summer. Loaded with traditional Caesar Salad ingredients in a creamy garlic lemon dressing this meal is both flavorful and filling. I love that can be made ahead of time and served on the hottest of days, offering relief from the heat of the oven! #spendwithpennies #easychickenrecipe #casesardressing #easydressing #easydinners #easymeals
Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad is the perfect dish for summer. Loaded with traditional Caesar Salad ingredients in a creamy garlic lemon dressing this meal is both flavorful and filling. I love that can be made ahead of time and served on the hottest of days, offering relief from the heat of the oven! #spendwithpennies #easychickenrecipe #casesardressing #easydressing #easydinners #easymeals
Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad is the perfect dish for summer. Loaded with traditional Caesar Salad ingredients in a creamy garlic lemon dressing this meal is both flavorful and filling. I love that can be made ahead of time and served on the hottest of days, offering relief from the heat of the oven! #spendwithpennies #easychickenrecipe #casesardressing #easydressing #easydinners #easymeals