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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

Katerina | Diethood
Tender and juicy grilled chicken marinated in a delicious lemon sauce. A perfect, easy chicken recipe for a quick dinner or healthy lunch!
Servings : 8 Servings
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Marinating Time 4 hrs
Total Time 30 mins


  • 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


  • In a large ziploc bag, combine chicken, olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  • Seal the bag and shake it all up until well combined.
  • Place bag in the refrigerator and marinate for about 4 hours or overnight. 
  • Preheat the grill to about 375F to 400F.
  • Brush grill grates with olive oil.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove chicken from grill; cover and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Grease a 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.
  • Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes.
  • Serve.


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


Serving: 1 Chicken Breast | Calories: 214 kcal | Carbohydrates: 1 g | Protein: 24 g | Fat: 11 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 72 mg | Sodium: 133 mg | Potassium: 446 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 0 g | Vitamin A: 190 IU | Vitamin C: 8.3 mg | Calcium: 11 mg | Iron: 0.6 mg | Net Carbs: 1 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
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