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Grilled Lemon Chicken

This Grilled Lemon Chicken is made with minimal ingredients and a zesty marinade for a refreshing flavor. It’s ready in just 15 minutes on the grill. Pairs well with grilled veggies and potatoes. 

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Marinate chicken in an olive oil and lemon blend, and cook it on the grill for the juiciest chicken recipe you’ll ever taste.

Grilled Lemon Chicken 

If you’re looking for an easy way to make your chicken dinners more exciting, add this Grilled Lemon Chicken to the menu on your next grill night. Just don’t be surprised when your guests ask for seconds. Made of fresh lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil, the marinade keeps the chicken juicy and tender while also creating lots of flavor. 

What You’ll Love About Grilled Lemon Chicken

  • It’s super juicy and tender
  • You probably already have the simple ingredients on hand. 
  • The chicken only needs to soak for 30 minutes, making prep time fast.
  • The marinade packs a punch of sweet and savory flavor in each bite. 
  • Leftovers store well and are versatile so you’ll never get bored. 
  • You can make it fancy with sophisticated sides…we won’t spill the beans about how easy it actually is.
Grilled Lemon Chicken on a plate
Marinate chicken breasts and cook them on the grill for a light and refreshing meal that’s ready in minutes.

Fresh Ingredients You’ll Need for Grilled Lemon Chicken 

The ingredient list is short and includes cooking essentials you may already have in your kitchen. Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Chicken Breast. We prefer skinless, boneless breasts as they are easiest to prepare and eat, but feel free to experiment with other cuts as well. 
  • There’s no better way to lighten up a recipe than with a splash of lemon juice, unless of course you add lemon zest, too…and we do! 
  • High quality extra virgin olive oil is crucial to form the base of the marinade, binding the ingredients together. 
  • A drop of honey makes everything better and balances out the tang of the coarse mustard.
  • Don’t forget your herbs and spices! This chicken wouldn’t be the same without a dash of salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of basil or parsley.
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Grilled Lemon Chicken Common Questions

How long does the chicken need to marinate?

Fully submerge the chicken in the marinade for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour. Any longer and the acid in the lemon juice will begin to denature (cook) the chicken, causing it to break down before it is placed on the grill. 

How long should I keep the chicken on the grill? 

To ensure your chicken is fully cooked, you’ll want to use a meat thermometer to make sure it reaches an internal temperature of 165° Fahrenheit. Be careful not to overcook! Typically, it will only take about 4 minutes on each side. You’ll know it’s done when grill marks are visible, and the center is no longer pink. 

How long does Grilled Lemon Chicken last? 

Leftovers will keep well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Can I use this marinade for more than chicken?

Yes, we love to pair this lemon marinade with other protein sources such as swordfish, mahi mahi, and tilapia. It also works well with shrimp, and don’t forget to try it with veggies. Use it to coat broccoli or cauliflower, and add them to the grill, too. You won’t believe how delicious they taste. 

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Grilled Lemon Chicken

5 from 59 ratings
This Grilled Lemon Chicken is made with minimal ingredients and a zesty marinade for a refreshing flavor. It’s ready in just 15 minutes on the grill. Pairs well with grilled veggies and potatoes. 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Amy Dong


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, pounded to even thickness and towel dried
  • cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 heaping TB pure honey
  • 1 heaping TB stone ground/coarse mustard, with whole seeds
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • ½ cup freshly chopped basil or parsley for garnish


  • Make the marinade: In a bowl, combine lemon juice, oil, garlic, honey, mustard, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine well. Reserve about 1/4 cup for later basting. Using a fork, pierce towel-dried chicken all over. Place chicken in the bowl of marinade and toss to combine well. Let sit in marinade 30 min to 1 hour.
  • Grill: While chicken is marinading, grease and heat grill on high. Place chicken on the grill (discard used marinade.) Cook and baste with reserved 1/4 cup of marinade, about 4 min per side, depending on the thickness of chicken. Don’t over cook; remove from heat as soon as nice grill marks are achieved and center is no longer pink.
  • Garnish and Serve: Sprinkle with lemon zest and basil or parsley and serve immediately.


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Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 72.3g | Protein: 6.9g | Fat: 14.8g | Saturated Fat: 2.2g | Cholesterol: 20.7mg | Sodium: 326.7mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 70.1g
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Fat
Method: Grill

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Recipe Rating


    • Sharon
    • 5 stars

    This grilled chicken is so bright with flavors and tender too because of the easy marinade. Will be making this on repeat.

      • Amy Dong

      So glad you liked this!

    • Marta
    • 5 stars

    I sent the link for this lemon dijon grilled chicken to my husband because I wanted it for mother’s day. He was successful and dinner was a hit thanks to your recipe! Thank you!

      • Amy Dong

      Awww, that’s awesome!

    • Hayley Dhanecha
    • 5 stars

    Such a refreshing flavours and easy recipe. Sharing this recipe with my friend who has planned BBQ party this week for her daughter’s graduation.

    • Jacqueline Debono
    • 5 stars

    What a simple but delicious way to make a grilled chicken dinner. I’ve made this recipe twice, once on the outdoor grill and once using my grill pan. Both times were perfect!

    • Freya
    • 5 stars

    My gosh, this was so delicious, the chicken was tender, the skin crisp and the lemon dressing was so zesty!

    • Denise
    • 5 stars

    My mouth is watering just reading your post. I can’t wait to make this, I know its not going to disappoint!

    • Jessica
    • 5 stars

    Thank you! I have so many lemons on my tree right now, this was a perfect recipe to use some up, and the fresh flavor was so juicy with the chicken. Just right!!

    • Heather
    • 5 stars

    Oh my this grilled chicken with a lemon marinade was delicious! Loved the addition of the mustard and honey. Gave it so much flavor!

      • Amy Dong

      SO happy you guys enjoyed this!

    • Bernice
    • 5 stars

    I love that you can get so much flavour into the chicken with such a short marinating time. This recipe is perfect for me because I always forget to prep ahead of time. I always use chicken thighs though, and the recipe still was perfect with them.

      • Amy Dong

      I’m right there with you; short marinade time is a yes for busy weeknights!

    • Sean
    • 5 stars

    This chicken was so easy to make and it tasted amazing. I will be adding this to my cooking rotation.

      • Amy Dong

      Yay, so happy to hear that!

    • Cathleen
    • 5 stars

    I am drooling over this grilled chicken! I love all things lemon during the summer, so I am so excited to try this tonight. Thanks for a great recipe!!

    • Rob
    • 5 stars

    Looks so delish! Can’t wait to make this chicken!

    • Freya
    • 5 stars

    Such a delicious recipe and full of flavour!

    • Andréa Janssen
    • 5 stars

    Nice recipe. Thank you for sharing

    • Nora
    • 5 stars

    This turned out perfectly! Love the seasoning! Thanks for sharing your lovely recipe!

    • Stine Mari
    • 5 stars

    This is a beautiful grilled chicken and I love the combination of lemon and dijon!

    • Devan
    • 5 stars

    Looks great thanks for sharing!

    • Cindy
    • 5 stars

    This recipe is so easy to follow!

    • Mary O’Brien
    • 5 stars

    Lemon and Dijon are perfect with chicken.

    • Maggie
    • 5 stars

    Delicious recipe. Everyone loved it.

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