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lemon garlic grilled chicken

Lemon Garlic Grilled Chicken

Alli Taylor
The most juicy, tender chicken with the easiest marinade. The best combination of Garlic, lemon, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and basil. Lemon garlic grilled chicken is a weekly staple. Perfect for a meal or made for meal prep.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Marinate 3 hrs
Course Main Course
Servings 10
Calories 130 kcal


  • 2-3 lbs chicken breast tenders
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 cloves of garlic finely minced

  • 1/2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • pinch black pepper


  • Place chicken in a large bowl or gallon resealable bag. Add olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon zest and juice, garlic, salt, basil, and pepper.
  • Stir to coat chicken evenly. If using resealable bag toss around and massage into chicken. Marinate for at least 30 minutes to 6 hours. The chicken is best at 3-5 hours. Too much longer and it tends to get mushy from the vinegar and lemon.
  • Make sure your grill grates are clean and greased. To grease, dredge a paper towel in vegetable oil and holding it with tongs, rub it all over the grate. Heat grill to a high heat, about 375-450 degrees F. Don't go hotter than 450 to avoid drying out the chicken.
  • Place chicken in a single layer on the grill. Grill the chicken until completely cooked through. This takes about 4-6 minutes per side depending on the heat of the grill and thickness. Chicken should register 155-160 degrees F at its thickest part. As it is resting it will continue to cook and the carry-over heat will bring it to 165 degrees.
  • Remove from grill tent with foil and let rest for several minutes before cutting into.


  • Store leftovers in fridge for up to a week.
  • I have used chicken breast tenders, chicken breasts, and boneless skinless chicken thighs for this recipe and all turn out fantastic. If using chicken breasts make sure to either butterfly them or pound to an even thickness.
  • This recipe calls for a fair amount of garlic.  Which really makes the flavor amazing.  Now, mincing garlic is not one of my favorite things so I always have on hand and use these Dorot frozen crushed garlic cubes.  They are little frozen cubes of crushed/minced garlic, each cube is equal to 1 clove of garlic. Trust me when I say that these are game changers!  I first found them at Trader Joes but since have always seen them fully stocked at Wallmart,Target and Smiths
Keyword healthy