15 Chicken Recipes for the Fourth of July

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(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

Chicken, in all its many forms, is a weeknight staple in my house. This Fourth of July, I’m turning it into a fresh summery meal fit for celebration. It makes the perfect partner to classic BBQ mainstays, like potato salad, pasta salad, corn on the cob, and tangy slaw. Whether your plans include a cookout, picnic, or day at the pool, there’s a chicken recipe that’s just right to make your holiday complete.

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Easy Jalapeño Grilled Chicken(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Chicken from the Grill

Whether your have a bunch of lean chicken breasts, meaty thighs, of even wings, you can never go wrong with firing up the grill. Basic grilled chicken is always a hit, and if you want to jazz it up all you need is a simple marinade or a quick and easy sauce.

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Slow Cooker BBQ Shredded Chicken(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Big-Batch Chicken Recipes from the Slow Cooker

If you’re feeding a crowd, breaking out the slow cooker is always a good idea. It’s the simplest way to cook up a big batch of chicken, flavored any which way you like, that can be eaten as is, tossed into a salad, stuffed into a sandwich, or folded into a taco.

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Cold Sesame Chicken and Noodle Salad(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Party-Worthy Salads with Chicken

Summer cookouts, picnics, and BBQs are not complete without a spread of veggie-packed salads and pasta salads. Shredded or chopped chicken is a great way to bulk up any salad, or turn it from a side to main dish.

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Dill Pickle Chicken(Image credit: Ghazalle Badiozamani)

Other Chicken Favorites

If your 4th of July plans include picnicking, classics like fried chicken and dill pickle chicken are just as irresistible cold as they are piping hot.

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