The Best Grilled Lemon Chicken Recipe

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Grilled Lemon Chicken Recipe – Tender and juicy grilled chicken marinated in a delicious lemon sauce. A perfect, easy chicken recipe for a quick dinner or healthy lunch!

Sliced grilled chicken breast.

GRILLED LEMON CHICKEN

A family favorite, this Grilled Lemon Chicken is packed with fresh lemon flavor and is also healthy, tender, and incredibly juicy!

This Lemon Chicken is what we have every other night during the summer and no one complains because it’s beyond delicious. Simple and bright, this is the kind of main that puts us all in that summer grilling mood. 

This Grilled Chicken recipe reminds me of when I was little and still living in Macedonia – looking forward to a great time, my mom would prepare meats and skewers and whatnot for our May-Day picnic. May Day is Europe’s Labor Day, and it’s celebrated on the 1st of May.

Thus, a day off from work meant a 24-hour celebration involving portable grills, a lot of grill-friendly food, shopska salad, and all the soccer gear that your dad could fit in the trunk.

My mom’s Grilled Lemon Chicken was always a part of that day.

Chicken Breasts on the grill.

LEMON MARINADE FOR CHICKEN

SO, in honor of those picnics and May Day, today we’re marinading chicken in lots of lemon and throwing it on the grill. I will even tell you how to make it perfect on an indoor cast iron grill pan.

This grilled lemon chicken is a major flavor bomb, you guys. I don’t know what I like more; the taste or the juiciness OR the tenderness. It’s all in there.

Lemon Marinade for Chicken

Let’s start with the marinade…  the chicken-inside-the-bag-with-the-marinade which I don’t have a photo OF… #blogfail

But it involves

  • olive oil,
  • LEMONS,
  • and GARLIC.
  • Plus 2 pounds of chicken breasts. 

SO, please just imagine a ziploc bag filled with that golden liquid up there, and garlic + parsley + chicken breasts, m’kay?

Lemon Chicken on the grill.

Also, bonus… you can choose whatever herb makes you feel good. If parsley ain’t your thing, go with rosemary. Or thyme. Whatever floats your boats.

And then grill it!

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST GRILLED CHICKEN

  • Place marinated chicken on the hot grill; cook without touching it until the chicken breasts start getting some grill marks, about 5 minutes.
  • Turn the chicken breasts over, cover the grill, and let finish cooking, about 7 more minutes.

That’s it. You’ve done it. Now EAT IT!

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HOW TO MAKE GRILL CHICKEN ON A GRILL PAN

  • Grease a cast iron grill pan with cooking spray and set it over medium-high heat.
  • Add chicken pieces and cook for 4 minutes; flip, and continue to cook for 2 more minutes, or until lightly browned.
  • Place grill pan in the oven and cook for 18 to 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

ENJOY!

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The Best Grilled Lemon Chicken Recipe - Perfectly tender, juicy, healthy lemon chicken marinated in a delicious lemon mixture, and prepared on the grill.
The Best Grilled Lemon Chicken
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Marinating Time
4 hrs
Total Time
30 mins
 

Tender and juicy grilled chicken marinated in a delicious lemon sauce. A perfect, easy chicken recipe for a quick dinner or healthy lunch!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 214 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (zest the lemons before juicing)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 whole lemon cut into slices
Instructions
  1. In a large ziploc bag, combine chicken, olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper.

  2. Seal the bag and shake it all up until well combined.

  3. Place bag in the refrigerator and marinate for about 4 hours or overnight. 

  4. Preheat the grill to about 375F to 400F.

  5. Brush grill grates with olive oil.

  6. Remove chicken breasts from marinade and place them on the hot grill; cook without touching it until the chicken breasts start getting some grill marks, about 5 minutes.

  7. Turn the chicken breasts over, cover the grill, and let finish cooking, about 7 more minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken. Chicken is done when a meat thermometer registers 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

  8. Remove chicken from grill; cover and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting.

  9. TO PREPARE ON A CAST IRON GRILL PAN

  10. Preheat oven to 350.

  11. Grease a grill pan with cooking spray and set it over medium-high heat.

  12. Add chicken pieces and cook for 4 minutes; flip, and continue to cook for 2 more minutes, or until lightly browned.

  13. Place grill pan in the oven and cook for 18 to 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

  14. Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes.

  15. Serve.

Recipe Notes
  • If you do not want a strong lemon taste, use less lemon zest and less lemon juice.

WW SMART POINTS: 3

 

Nutrition Facts
The Best Grilled Lemon Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 Chicken Breast)
Calories 214 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 133mg6%
Potassium 446mg13%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 190IU4%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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15 Responses
  1. Eva

    This was delicious. I used my cast iron pan. Just used 2 chicken breasts and let it marinate for I believe 6 hours. Due to the acid I presume, the chicken did get a bit “cooked” while marinating but didn’t affect the taste or texture. Definitely will make again. Thank you for sharing!

  2. thank you for this, love that there aren’t 100 ingredients! Basically straightforward and relatively simple but love all of the prop, I’ve always associated lemon chicken with fried chicken so this is a nice change and great looking recipe!

  3. Fred

    My wife is allergic to lemon, can this dish be made with limes? It sounds wonderful.Thanks in advance for a reply.

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