Grilled lemon basil chicken is flavorful and delicious. The marinade is a blend of fresh basil, lemon zest and garlic. Lemon and basil, your chickens bff’s.

I’ve been a grilling machine lately. From fresh green beans to asparagus, steak kebabs to potato salad. I just can’t seem to stop. I’m trying to soak in as much grilling time I possibly can before summer is over. I should just shut my mouth right now, but I just looked at the calendar and YOU GUYS it’s almost the end of July!

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Our schedule has been jammed packed with the girl’s softball, work and well…. grilling. Someone pull back the reigns of summer because I haven’t even taken my girls to the wave pool yet! It’s craziness!

If your life is as hectic as ours then this is the chicken is a breath of fresh air. I made this recipe to go with the caprese pasta salad but it can work with any side dish you wish or on top of your favorite salad.

Thin chicken breasts are marinated in an easy marinade made up of fresh lemon juice, zest, fresh basil and the usual-ness: olive oil and garlic and then they’re grilled. I love this marinade because it takes little to no time to whip up and lemon and basil are pretty much bff’s.

I can’t think of a better smell coming off of the grill.


Collect all your summertime marinade ingredients.


Zest an entire lemon…

zest, juice, vinegar

Add it to the bowl with the juice {minus the seeds} and the white wine vinegar.

garlic press!

Next, finely grate or press a couple good sized peeled cloves of garlic through a garlic press.

Basil Collage

Chiffonade the basil by stacking, rolling and slicing it into thin ribbon like strips.


Add the fresh basil strips to the bowl with the lemon zest and juice.

olive oil

Whisk while drizzling in the olive oil.


Mix until combined…


Reserve a quarter cup for brushing on the chicken once grilled. 

pour marinade

Next, pour the rest of the marinade over top of the chicken breast halves.


Then give it the good-ol-toss. Let it marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour… nothing more.


Next, preheat your grill to medium-high. Once preheated, use tongs to transfer the chicken breasts on to the grill and cook, with the lid closed, for 4-5 minutes a side or until fully cooked.

grill and baste

Lastly, flip and brush with the reserved lemon-basil marinade.

Grilled Lemon Basil Chicken ~

Once fully cooked remove to a plate to rest for about 5 minutes.

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It might not be the prettiest piece of grilled meat but I loooove this grilled lemon basil chicken, with all of its subtle lemony-basil-ness, it’s superb. It’s just the thing to go along with a light side (ahem, caprese pasta salad) and a glass of chilled white wine. Just sayin’.

Enjoy! And if you give this Grilled Lemon Basil Chicken recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Grilled Lemon Basil Chicken
Yield: 4 servings

Grilled Lemon Basil Chicken

Lemon and basil... your chickens bff's.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 42 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes


  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 large lemon (zest and juice)
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, finely grated or squeezed through a garlic press
  • 1 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a bowl combine the entire zest and juice of one large lemon.
  2. Add in the white wine vinegar and squeeze in two good sized cloves of garlic. Stack, roll and slice thin ribbons of basil and add that to the bowl. Season with kosher salt and black pepper. I eyeball it, but I'd say about a ½ teaspoon of kosher salt and a ¼ teaspoon black pepper.
  3. Whisk while drizzling in the olive oil. Reserve a quarter cup of the marinade before tossing the chicken breasts in and turning to coat. Pop it into the fridge to marinate for 30-60 minutes.
  4. Remove the chicken from the fridge while your grill heats up to medium-medium/high heat. Grill the chicken for 4-6 minutes before turning and basting {the grilled side} with the reserved marinade. Continue to cook for 4-6 more minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked.
  5. Remove the chicken to a platter and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 441Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 204mgSodium: 327mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 75g

Nutrition information my not always be accurate.

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