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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

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

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Course Dinner
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating Time 4 hours
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 214 kcal


  • 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


  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.


  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.


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.