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The Best Grilled Lemon Chicken Recipe

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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 Recipe - Perfectly tender, juicy, healthy lemon chicken marinated in a delicious lemon mixture, and prepared on the grill.

May has arrived and I’m busting out the grill, friends!

HI YA! Happy Monday! Happy May! Did you know that today a number of countries are celebrating something similar to what we call Labor Day? Or it’s like the same thing!?  It 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.

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.

THIS, my mom’s Lemon Chicken, was always a part of that day.

The Best Grilled Lemon Chicken Recipe - Perfectly tender, juicy, healthy lemon chicken marinated in a delicious lemon mixture, and prepared on the grill.

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST GRILLED 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.

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

Wanna know why there’s no pic?? BECAUSE this chicken marinades over night, and I prepared it all the night before, around 10 pm when the sunlight is nowhere to be found! And a picture under yellow light is just not going to fly.

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

The Best Grilled Lemon Chicken Recipe - Perfectly tender, juicy, healthy lemon chicken marinated in a delicious lemon mixture, and prepared 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!

  1. Place marinated chicken on the hot grill; cook without touching it until the chicken breasts start getting some grill marks, about 5 minutes.

  2. 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! 

HOW TO GRILL CHICKEN ON A GRILL PAN

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

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

  3. 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
 

Perfectly tender, juicy, healthy lemon chicken marinated in a delicious lemon mixture, and prepared on the grill.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: chicken breast recipe, dinner recipes, grilled chicken, how to grill chicken, lemon chicken, summer food
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*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 133mg 6%
Potassium 446mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 3.8%
Vitamin C 10%
Calcium 1.1%
Iron 3.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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14 Responses
  1. 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!

  2. 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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