Grilled Lemon Chicken Recipe

grilled lemon chicken recipe

Grilled lemon chicken is a simple yet flavorful dish perfect for a light and satisfying summer meal. Here’s a recipe that captures the essence of this classic, offering options for customization:

Grilled Lemon Chicken Recipe Ingredients

For the marinade:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the chicken:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • Lemon slices (optional)

Steps to prepare

Step 1

Prepare the marinade: Whisk together all the marinade ingredients in a bowl.

Step 2

Marinate the chicken: Place the chicken in a large resealable bag or dish and pour the marinade over it. Coat the chicken evenly and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 4 hours for deeper flavor.

Step 3

Preheat grill: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

Step 4

Grill the chicken: Remove the chicken from the marinade, discarding any remaining liquid. Place the chicken on the preheated grill and cook for 5-7 minutes per side, or until cooked through and golden brown. For thicker chicken pieces, use indirect heat on the grill or finish cooking in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for a few minutes.

Step 5

Optional lemon slices: During the last few minutes of grilling, you can add lemon slices to the grill alongside the chicken for additional flavor and visual appeal.

Step 6

Serve: Transfer the grilled chicken to a plate and let it rest for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy with your favorite sides like grilled vegetables, salad, rice, or quinoa.


  • Use boneless, chicken thighs will cook faster and have a slightly richer flavor.
  • You can adjust the spices in the marinade to your taste. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a touch of heat or a sprinkle of thyme for a more herbal flavor.
  • Baste the chicken with any leftover marinade during grilling for extra flavor and moisture.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken. It should reach 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the thigh or breast.
  • Leftover grilled chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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