Lemon Herb Grilled Chicken Breasts are a light and healthy dinner that is easy to make. You don’t have to marinate the chicken - instead, it’s quickly seasoned with salt, pepper, and lemon juice and then goes on the grill. It’s an easy dinner that’s ready in about 30 minutes.
This fresh herb grilled chicken is one of my favorite easy grilled chicken breast recipes. It’s easy to prep and cook, and the chicken pairs with so many side dishes. We make this recipe at least a few times a month during the summer and never get tired of it.
Easy Lemon Herb Grilled Chicken
I use lean boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe, but you could also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
There’s no waiting time because the chicken doesn’t need to marinate ahead of time. You can prep it in advance if you like, but it’s not necessary. Once it’s seasoned, you can toss it onto the hot grill.
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Fresh lemon juice
- Chopped fresh rosemary
- Salt and pepper
- BBQ Cooking spray
- Chopped fresh parsley
- Lemon wedges for garnish
How to Grill Chicken Breasts
Preheat the grill to medium-high heat or approximately 400°F. Spray the grill grates with BBQ cooking spray.
While the grill heats, prepare the chicken. Coat the chicken with lemon juice, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
When the grill is heated, place the chicken breasts over direct heat and grill them for eight to ten minutes on both sides. The chicken is done when the internal temperature is 165°F.
Transfer the grilled herb chicken to a serving plate and garnish with the parsley. Serve them with lemon wedges on the side.
If your chicken breasts are different sizes, it’s a good idea to pound them, so they are all an even thickness. This will ensure they cook evenly.
You can season the chicken ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator for a few hours. If you do this, take it out of the fridge 15 to 20 minutes before you grill, so it’s not too cold when it goes on the grill.
What to Serve with Lemon Herb Grilled Chicken
There are quite a few vegetables that you can grill with the chicken. Depending on what you use, you can skewer them, cook them directly on the grates, or cook them in a vegetable grill basket.
We like asparagus, zucchini, and yellow squash. You could also grill bell peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, or corn on the cob.
It would also be good with some rice, cauliflower rice, cauliflower mash, or buttered noodles on the side.
I don’t have a grill; can you cook this on the stove instead? Yes, heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Once heated, cook the chicken on both sides until the internal temperature is 165°F.
How do you know when chicken is cooked through? A meat thermometer is the easiest way to know if it’s done. Chicken should be cooked to 165°F in the thickest part. If you don’t have a thermometer, you can cut into the thickest part. The juices should run clear, and there should be no pink in the middle.
How long does grilled chicken keep? Leftover herb chicken will keep in the refrigerator for three to four days.
This lemon herb chicken is just what a light summer dinner should be – quick, easy, and delicious. I hope you give it a try soon.
Side Dishes to Serve with Grilled Chicken with Herbs and Lemon
Grilled Chicken with Herbs and Lemon Recipe
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 to 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary chopped
- ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon pepper or to taste
- BBQ Cooking spray
- 2 teaspoons fresh parsley chopped for garnish
- ½ lemon cut into 4 wedges for garnish
- Preheat barbecue to medium high heat (about 400°F). Spray grates with cooking spray. Season chicken with salt, pepper, lemon juice and rosemary.
- Cook chicken over direct heat for about 8-10 minutes per side. Finished internal temperature should be 165°F. Note that chicken breasts can be different thickness so cooking times can vary.
- Serve with parsley and lemon wedges!
- This goes well with barbecue vegetables that you can cook at the same time. We enjoy asparagus and zucchini or yellow squash.
- If you have different sized chicken breasts pound them just a bit to get the same thickness for cooking.
There are so many uses for this Grilled Chicken with Herbs and Lemon. Make it on a busy weeknight with a fresh side or make it on Sunday for your weekly lunch meal prep.
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