Grilled Lemon Basil Chicken is flavorful and delicious. Thinly pounded chicken breasts quickly marinate in a blend of fresh basil, garlic, lemon zest and juice before being grilled to perfection. Yielding moist and flavorful chicken!
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!
In this easy chicken recipe, chicken breasts are pounded thin before marinating in an easy flavorful combination of lemon, fresh basil and garlic. I can’t think of a better smell coming off of the grill.
To Make This Grilled Lemon Basil Chicken You will Need:
- chicken breasts
- olive oil
- lemon juice and zest
- fresh basil
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
Place your chicken in a mixing bowl and add in 1 tablespoon olive oil, juice of 1 lemon, 2 teaspoons lemon zest (or more or less to taste), 3 large cloves of garlic that have been minced or grated, a generous pinch of kosher salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper.
Use tongs to toss and coat the chicken in the marinade. Allow the chicken to marinate on your counter for 30 minutes and not longer than that.
Next, preheat your grill to 450-500°. Once preheated, use tongs to transfer the chicken breasts on to the grill and cook, with the lid closed, for 6 to 8 minutes.
Flip and continue to grill the chicken until fully cooked and no longer pink.
Once fully cooked remove to a plate to rest for about 5 minutes.
I love this grilled lemon basil chicken, with all of its subtle lemony-basil-ness. It’s just the thing to go along with a light side (ahem, caprese pasta salad) and a glass of chilled white wine. Or for even topping your favorite pasta dish or a salad.
It really is superb.
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