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Grilled Chicken with Pepperoncini Garlic Butter

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This is such a fun one! Grilled marinated chicken, a quick tomato cucumber salad, tangy bits of feta, and a zippy pepperoncini garlic butter sauce poured over the whole thing.

Grilled marinated chicken, cucumber tomato salad, hummus, feta, and a pepperoncini garlic butter sauce. What a showstopper! This is hands-down my new favorite meal!


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White hand holding a plate of pepperoncini chicken

How To Make This Chicken

Step 1: Marinate the Chicken

Paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and olive oil. Let it hang out while you prep the other stuff.

Raw chicken being tossed with spices in a bowl.

Step 2: Make a Cucumber Tomato Salad

Cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, and a tiny bit of olive oil, salt, and vinegar.

Cucumber and tomato salad being tossed in a bowl.

Step 3: Make Pepperoncini Garlic Butter Sauce

Garlic, melted butter, pepperoncini brine, and some pepperoncini peppers get mixed up to make a sauce.

White hand mixing up pepperoncini butter

Step 4: Grill the Chicken

I usually use a grill pan because I’m too lazy to get my grill out. But an actual grill (or a regular skillet) will work perfectly.

Grilled chicken chopped up on a cutting board

Step 5: Assemble

This is the fun part! Hummus goes first, then tomato cucumber salad, then chicken and sauce.

Finish it off with feta and chives!

Collage of the pepperoncini chicken platter being built in steps

Lindsay’s Notes

Grilled marinated chicken, tomato cucumber salad, feta, hummus, and a pepperoncini garlic butter sauce. OH BABY, I love this recipe!

I got the idea for this from Sara Tane – got to her site randomly via Threads (okay Threads! coming in clutch with recipe inspo!) and immediately knew it was going to be a banger.

This particular grilled marinated chicken is so simple (just dry spices and olive oil) and yet somehow so good. I honestly think the biggest challenge of this recipe is trying not to eat all of the chicken before it makes its way onto the plate.

And as if that wasn’t enough, get it all laced up with some freshly grated garlic, melted butter, and pepperoncini brine and you’ve got one killer combo.


White hand holding platter of pepperoncini chicken

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Grilled Chicken with Pepperoncini Garlic Butter


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This is such a fun one! Grilled marinated chicken, a quick tomato cucumber salad, tangy bits of feta, and a zippy pepperoncini garlic butter sauce poured over the whole thing.


Ingredients

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Grilled Chicken: 

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1 lb. chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Pepperoncini Butter Sauce:

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup pepperoncini brine
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup pepperoncinis, chopped

Cucumber Salad:

  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • half a cucumber, chopped
  • a quarter of a red onion, minced or thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper, olive oil, vinegar

Extras:

  • Chives
  • Feta
  • Hummus
  • Pita Bread

Instructions

  1. Marinate the Chicken: Place the chicken, spices, and olive oil together in a large bowl or plastic bag. Mix until well-coated; set aside in the fridge while you prep the other elements (30 minutes up to several hours).
  2. Make the Cucumber Salad: Toss veggies with a small amount of salt, pepper, olive oil, and vinegar. (If you add too much it becomes watery, so use a light hand!)
  3. Make the Pepperoncini Butter Sauce: Melt the butter (I just do this in the microwave). Stir in the garlic, brine, and pepperoncini pieces. Set aside.
  4. Grill the Chicken: Using a grill, grill pan, or skillet, cook the chicken until cooked through and golden brown on both sides. If you have a meat thermometer, I highly recommend using it so you don’t overcook the chicken! We’re looking for 160 degrees. Let it rest for a moment, then cut into slices.
  5. Assemble: If you want to serve it as a family-style meal – layer the hummus on a large platter. Add the cucumber salad in 3-4 little mounds around the outside of the plate. Add the chicken right in the middle and drizzle with the pepperoncini butter sauce. Add feta, chives, and s&p to finish. Scoop onto plates or dip into the whole thing with pita bread. SO good!

Notes

The garlic butter will start to congeal as it rests, so I would suggest warming that right before serving (if it’s been sitting out for a while) so it’s nice and silky, and then enjoying the whole thing while the butter and chicken are still warm for best mouthfeel! *texture nerd smile*

Nutrition facts do not include extras. 

For tips on how to cook chicken, see our guide here!

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean-Inspired

Keywords: pepperoncini chicken, grilled chicken, garlic butter pepperoncini sauce

Frequently Asked Questions For Grilled Chicken with Pepperoncini Garlic Butter

What can I use instead of chicken?

Shrimp would be awesome!

How do you serve this?

As written, the recipe will serve like a family-style platter! It is a gloriously beautiful thing to set down on a table for a group meal. I put scoops of everything on individual plates and we dip into it with bread and eat it with forks. For individual servings, I would do the same thing, but just layer it onto a plate with amounts for one person.

What else would you serve with this?

To me, this is a complete meal! Veggies, protein, carbs, fiber, and FLAVOR! But if you wanted to throw something else on the table to round it out even more, this bistro salad would be amazing with all the fresh herbs in there! Yum. And of course, the simple green salad never fails me. We make it weekly!

How long do the leftovers last?

The chicken will last for 2-3 days in the fridge. If you’re making this for meal prep, I would suggest storing each element separately until just before serving so it doesn’t all get soggy in the hummus.

Can you make this vegetarian / meatless?

Yes! I think cauliflower would be delicious – just coat the cauliflower florets with the same spices that are written here and roast at 425 for 20 minutes or so.

How do you make this gluten-free and/or dairy-free?

This recipe is naturally gluten-free! To make this dairy free, omit the feta cheese and use vegan butter.

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    FYI – in the questions section about How do you make this dairy-free? To make this dairy free, omit the feta cheese.

    Butter is also dairy. Someone would need to use a dairy free butter alternative or oil.

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Grilled Chicken is by fat one of the healthiest sources of protein. And to add with Garlic butter makes it that much more tasty! 🙂

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This was SO good! I added peppers to the tomato salad and mint and parsley to the top at the end! Thanks so much

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Tomato salad is one of many creative ways to instantly enjoy a quick low calorie meal while quashing feelings of hunger. 🙂

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This Grilled Chicken with Pepperoncini Garlic Butter recipe looks absolutely mouthwatering! The combination of tender grilled chicken and the tangy, flavorful pepperoncini garlic butter sauce sounds like a match made in culinary heaven.

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this last night at my daughter’s, she had already prepped the chicken. So delicious! I made the Garlic sauce ahead of time and just kept mixing it with a fork and it literally turned into a butter sauce for over the chicken. I wasn’t sure my tummy could handle the pepperoncini , not a problem! Made enough for 5 of us.
    JoJo, Canada

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this yesterday for dinner for family and friends and it was absolutely amazing. Will need to add this into our rotation.

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This might be one of the BEST summer recipes going. Just the right touch of chicken to augment the hummus and salad. Need to make sure the tomatoes are ripe (we have a local farmer with the best). This is not the last time I make this.

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    Made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious! Can’t believe I’ve never had pepperocini butter before. It’s a game changer. 10/10 would recommend!

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks so good and it is a work of art. I can’t really wait to try this lovely, gorgeous looking meal. The way this meal has been presented looks exceptional.

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This was really, really delicious! I will make again but do chicken breast tenders instead of chicken breast because I always find they stay more moist when grilled!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Amazing!!!!!!!!

    I made this and homemade sourdough naan. Served it with the salad and hummus, some Greek yogurt, feta, and the 5 ingredient pesto. Oh. My. Word.

    Will remake immediately.

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Wow – this was delicious! My entire family agreed, which is rare. The buttery, slightly spicy and tangy sauce was so good mixed with the hummus, chicken and crunchy salad. We’ll definitely be having this again!

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Great recipe, but wanted to let you know that peperoncini is spelled wrong in your recipe title and narrative! It only has a single p, not two!

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this for the first time last week and boy is it a winner! Everyone in my family loved it. It was easy to modify for picky kids. This recipe is crave worthy! Can’t wait to make it again!

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Pepperoncini or Peperoncini? Spelling is wrong on this recipe!!

    Recipe was really good, will make again. But I would tone down the salt content because the peperoncini brine is salty to begin with. The cucumber salad doesn’t need so much salt. And surely the chicken doesn’t need a full teaspoon added to just 1 pound of chicken. I’ll need a day or two to wash all the salt out of my system!!!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I found this recipe to be very tasty, but the salt content was way too high. I agree with all your points above. I have noticed that many of the more recent recipes on this site contain more salt than previous recipes. For anyone concerned with heart health, I would like to see less use of added salt when some of the ingredients are already salted or tasty on their own.

  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    OMG! WOW this is amazing. The flavors are so vibrant, fresh, delicious and complete that you don’t even need the pita bread (and I have never uttered those words!! 😉 )
    Thanks for our new favorite recipe ❤️

  17. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Can’t wait to make this tonight! Quick question, what type of vinegar do you suggest for the cucumber salad?

  18. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Uh – yum. For sure. Made this on a big platter and everyone dug in. No pitas to be found in my little town so we used mini naan (go Aldi!) and ate them like Mediterranean tacos. I am eating leftovers for lunch over a bowl of warm couscous. Also highly recommend. I tossed the spice mix/marinade on some chicken tenders because it is a week night and we needed something quick. Totally fits the bill – looks fancy, tastes, amazing, not a lot of fuss. Now to figure out how to best incorporate pepperoncini garlic butter into my life on a more regular basis…