Grilled chicken and fresh cilantro on white plate

Southwest Grilled Chicken – Three ingredients and a hot grill are all that’s needed to add a taste of the southwest to tacos, fajitas, salads, and more.

I have the easiest of recipes for you today – Easy Southwest Grilled Chicken. All it takes is three ingredients and a hot grill to give you a taste of the southwest.

How do I make this recipe?

You’ll need boneless, skinless chicken breasts, olive oil, and your favorite southwest seasoning. While you can use store-bought southwest seasoning, my preference is to make my own. I always have some mixed up and on hand. It’s also super easy to put together. If you haven’t mixed up any southwest seasoning yet, now is the perfect time to try our recipe here. Then, come back and use it for this southwest grilled chicken.

Once you have your ingredients ready, just mix the oil and seasoning mix together in a zippered bag or medium bowl. After that, add the chicken and let it marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. The longer you leave it, the more flavor you’ll have.

chicken breasts on hot grill

After the chicken is done marinating, heat up your grill, bring your chicken out and cook as directed below in the recipe. Simple isn’t it?

Can I freeze grilled chicken?

Yes! I make my southwest grilled chicken often from spring to fall, and freeze some of it for the winter months for use in soups, sandwiches, or salads. After grilling you can slice it, dice it, shred it, or serve it as-is with your choice of sides. My family likes using southwest grilled chicken for tacos, fajitas, or to top a green salad. If you’d like to freeze it, place the cooked chicken in a zippered freezer bag, remove as much air as you can, and then zip it closed. Be sure to label and date it so you know what it is when you pull it out of the freezer.

grilled chicken breast with onions and peppers on white plate

The chicken can be prepped ahead of time, 30 minutes before grilling or even overnight for more flavor. This makes it an easy supper to prepare when you get home after a busy day out. And who doesn’t like that? Easy, quick, and full of flavor that everyone will love.

Cooked chicken breasts with fresh cilantro on white plate

Easy Southwest Grilled Chicken

Southwest Grilled Chicken – Three ingredients and a hot grill are all that’s needed to add a taste of the southwest to tacos, fajitas, salads, and more.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, southwest
Servings: 4
Calories: 211kcal
Author: Marie


  • 4 tsp. olive oil
  • 4 tsp. southwest seasoning
  • 1 – 1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts


  • In a plastic zipper bag, mix together the olive oil and southwest seasoning. Add chicken, seal bag, and knead all ingredients together till southwest seasoning mixture is evenly distributed around the chicken breasts. Let sit in refrigerator at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat and prepare grill. Place marinated chicken breasts on grill and cook at medium heat, turning and flipping chicken every 1 to 2 minutes until chicken is done and reaches an internal temperature of 165° F. Remove from grill and cover with a tent of aluminum foil for 5 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.


Cooked chicken may be sliced, diced, or shredded, and then frozen in air-tight freezer bags for future use.

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  1. Nothing beats simple and delicious chicken recipe! You can never have enough go-to chicken dinner options …Thanks for adding to my collection! 😉

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