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This Simple Grilled Chicken Recipe has a lemon, garlic, and herb marinade that makes for the absolute best grilled chicken. You’ll make this recipe again and again!

Grilled Chicken on a cutting board with lemon wedges.

This recipe for Grilled Chicken Breasts is so simple, but packs a lot of flavor. It can be made on a gas grill, charcoal grill, or indoors on a grill pan or electric grill. Mix and match the herbs with fresh or dried herbs of your choice to switch things up. The lemon and garlic will pair well with almost any herb combination so you can experiment to your hearts desire.

How long do you cook chicken breast on the grill?

The amount of time necessary to cook chicken breasts thoroughly depends on the size and thickness of the chicken breasts. An average chicken breast takes somewhere between 10 and 14 minutes on a grill over medium-high heat to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, or 5 to 7 minutes per side.

How do you make grilled chicken without a grill?

You can grill chicken indoors using a grill pan or electric grill. Our favorite grill pan is made out of cast iron. Well seasoned cast iron can bring a lot of flavor to your food.

Close up of Grilled Chicken Breasts with lemon wedges.

Can I use this recipe for grilled chicken thighs?

Yes! This recipe can be used to make grilled chicken thighs. Depending on the size and thickness of your chicken thighs, you may need to increase the grilling time on this recipe to ensure that the chicken reaches a safe internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.


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Grilled Chicken on a cutting board with lemon wedges.
This Simple Grilled Chicken Recipe has a lemon, garlic, and herb marinade that makes for the absolute best grilled chicken. You'll make this recipe again and again!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
  • 2 lemons juiced (about 1/4 cup)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3-4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, and garlic.
  • Place chicken breasts into a large resealable plastic bag or shallow dish. Pour marinade over chicken.
  • Marinate in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes, or up to 8 hours.
  • Heat an outdoor grill over medium-high heat, about 400 degrees.
  • Grill chicken for 5 to 7 minutes per side, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  • Remove from grill and let rest 5 minutes before serving.


Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 423mg | Potassium: 501mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 30.7mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1.2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grilled chicken
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November 23, 2020 8:12 am

5 stars
Thanks for sharing such an amazing recipe. It came out to be veryyy tasty.

June 17, 2020 12:33 pm

5 stars
Simple, delicious and healthy! I put this together in the morning and let it marinade all day in the fridge. The longer you marinate the chicken the better! Don’t forget to pierce your chicken breasts with a fork a few times before adding the marinade. This allows the marinade to get all through the chicken so you have deliciousness in EVERY bite

August 28, 2020 2:17 pm

That’s a great idea! I didn’t poke the chicken first. I will try that next time.

colleen wilson
May 21, 2020 8:34 pm

5 stars
Made the grilled Lemon chicken on my GEORGE Forman machine for supper. it turned out amazing. MAY 21, 2020. I be doing this recipe again very soon.

August 28, 2020 2:16 pm

5 stars
Packed full of flavor and goodness. I will be adding this to our recipes. It was steamy out today so I chopped it up and made a salad out of it.

July 4, 2020 11:49 am

This was amazing!! My husband and I loved it. I let the chicken marinade for 1 hour and served it with grilled zucchini. Perfect summer lunch!!

June 23, 2020 3:45 pm

5 stars
Can you cook this over the stove & get the same results?

May 23, 2020 6:26 am

This was so easy and great tasting. You have a new fan. I look forward to trying some of your other recipes.

May Choi
April 16, 2020 3:52 pm

Made this substituting mint as my herb and it was DEEEELISH. You can grill and then use in your salad or pasta. So versatile.

April 15, 2020 1:56 pm

april 14 2020

what a simple and ful of taste recipe, love it.

April 4, 2020 7:49 am

5 stars
Omg, how seriously fantastic are these.

June 1, 2019 4:45 pm

Very good! Will definitely make again.

May 13, 2019 7:20 am

wow your recipes are too amazing
thanks for your skills

April 25, 2019 7:29 pm

Can this be marinated longer than 8 hrs?

Angela Ponder
April 3, 2019 6:46 pm

Lovely!! Had to change a few things… I added onion powder and changed the Basil to Thyme.

I put the grill at 400 degrees after I heated it on high to get germs off. So I always burn my food because directions always said med/high. You said 400 which was awesome. I put it down to low which for my grill is just a tad a bove 400 degrees. This was perfect.

Thank you! 5 Stars

December 19, 2018 2:38 am

5 stars
My husband loved this recipe. It’s simple and quick. The chicken were also flavorful. This is by far the best grilled chicken recipe that I’ve tried.
However, I used the griller option of our convection oven and it took me 20-30mins to grill the chicken. The 7mins wasn’t enough.
But thanks for the recipe! Will definitely use it again.

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