Lemon Dijon Grilled Chicken

In this lemon Dijon grilled chicken recipe you only need 6 ingredients and 15 minutes. What’s not to love about this scrumptious marinade?

Who doesn’t like a six ingredient, 15 minute marinade recipe?

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Who also doesn’t love it when they go out to grill only to find that their propane tank is e-m-p-t-y? Like all that I could hear was the click-click-click of the igniter and then nada, zip, zilch happened. I didn’t really want to believe I ran out of gas, secretly I was hoping my grill was broken because between you and me… I don’t love it. It’s just too small for my grilling tastes. I want a beast of a grill that can cook a huge meal over it and well, this one isn’t big, like at all.But yeah, it was just out of propane. Drat.

Luckily I have a cast iron grill pan to fill in for the job. But it did double my “grilling” time since I could only grill two pieces of chicken instead of all four at once. But oh-wells, at least my grill isn’t broken. Note the sarcasm.

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This lemon Dijon grilled chicken marinade is pretty dang scrumptious. I know there are a lot of Dijon-lovers out there just like me and this recipe doesn’t disappoint. It literally takes 5 minutes to whisk together, pour it over the chicken and then an additional 15 minutes while the chicken comes up to room temperature. Easy-peasy.

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Start by measuring and adding in a quarter cup of your favorite Dijon mustard.

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Squeeze the juice from one good-sized lemon.

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Do your best and avoid adding in the seeds.

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Add in a tablespoon of olive oil. I like to use extra light when grilling or roasting, but you use what you have.

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Next add in two teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce… for some savory goodness. Try my homemade-from-scratch Worcestershire sauce recipe!

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A half teaspoon of marjoram. Italian seasoning would work well too.

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Lastly add in a quarter teaspoon of coarsely ground black pepper.

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Get a whisk…

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And blend until smooth.

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When grilling chicken I like to do one of two things. I either slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally so they are thinner OR I bust out my meat tenderizer, slip the chicken breasts between plastic wrap {or in this case a re-sealable bag zipped halfway} and pound the thicker part to match the thinner side. I base the decision to-pound-or-not-to-pound by my level of laziness.

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So there it is, a flat…

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…and super thin chicken breast.

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I place the four pounded breasts into a bowl and poured the lemony Dijon marinade over top.

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Now it just gets to chillax while you preheat your grill or grill pan. Whether you’re grilling in or outdoors, preheat to medium/medium high and cook for about 6 minutes a side. I adjust the temp as I go so I get good grill marks and not over cook the chicken. It’s a fine line, but I walk it daily.

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That’s it. I grilled up four monstrous breasts, two I diced up and added to a chopped salad. The other two Lemon Dijon Grilled Chicken breasts, I have other plans for –that may or may not have something to do with enchiladas. To be continued. Ps. the extra charred one in front is MINE.

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

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Yield: 4 breasts

Lemon Dijon Grilled Chicken : a 15-Minute Marinade

Lemon Dijon Grilled Chicken : a 15-Minute Marinade
This Lemon Dijon Grilled Chicken is perfect as is or for topping a salad. Six ingredients and 15 minutes is all you need!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin


  1. In a measuring cup combine mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, Worcestershire, marjoram and black pepper.
  2. Place the thin chicken breasts into a bowl, pour the marinade over prepared chicken and toss to coat. Leave the chicken on the counter for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat a grill to medium/medium-high and grill for 6 to 8 minutes a side. Adjust the heat accordingly.
  4. Remove to a cutting board, tent with foil and allow the chicken to rest for 5-8 minutes before serving.

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8 Responses to “Lemon Dijon Grilled Chicken”

  1. #
    Liz@Virtually Homemade — July 9, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Perfect easy summer meal! Love it 🙂

  2. #
    Millie l Add A Little — July 9, 2014 at 5:32 am

    This looks amazing and the grill marks look awesome!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — July 9, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Is it terrible that I long for the days when I would find an empty propane tank? We are actually not allowed to use our grill in our new apartment, so I am forced to ALWAYS use my grill pan. SO SAD.
    But at least I have this meal to look forward to, love how easy this winner winner chicken dinner is! Pinned!

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    Laura @ Raise Your Garden — July 9, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Propane, bah. We have a gas grill that hooks right up to the house! So the neighbors come over to use our grill when their propane goes poof!!!

    Still think charcoal tastes better but I have zero problems with a grill pan especially if you have a good marinade.

    And can I just say…..during summer, we spend 10 bucks a week on marinade so this IS a BIG deal!

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    Heather || Heather's Dish — July 9, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Can I just say that for some reason I have never thought to pound out chicken in a plastic bag, but you’re kind of a genius for doing that?! Love it!

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    Leisa Joan — July 9, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I have one piece of advice when you have to buy that grill: Webber! i have one i got in the summer of 2000 that still lights with the button! i have replaced some of the grates/bars/etc, but it will never let you down. unless you run out of propane…sorry.
    oh, we were in a hurry last night for dinner, so we just coated the chicken w/some bottled caesar drssing. & yes my man friend will always pound it out, but i’m far too lazy for that.

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    Happy Valley Chow — July 9, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Those chickens look beautifully cooked and the marinade sounds delicious! Fantastic recipe 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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    Alaina {Fabtastic Eats} — July 10, 2014 at 12:48 am

    We grill chicken so often, I feel like Im always looking for a new flavor to change it up! Love this!

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