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Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken

Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken served with orzo pasta.

Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken is perfect for a main dish or as a topping for a salad.

This recipe was originally posted in March of 2016. The pictures and text have been updated. 

Fresh lemons, rosemary, garlic and white wine on a cutting board.

Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken is full of flavor and super moist. I’ve made this recipe with boneless skinless chicken breasts, but you could also use chicken thighs instead. This is my go-to grilled chicken recipe.  It is super easy to throw together and elegant enough to serve to your dinner guests.

What is in the marinade?

The marinade is made up of lemon, garlic, rosemary, and white wine!  That’s it!  

Fresh rosemary with fresh lemons and garlic on a cutting board.

How long do I need to marinade the chicken?

You can throw this together at the last minute and let marinade for just 30 minutes.  Or if you are really with it you can put the marinade together in the morning and let the chicken absorb all those flavors all day long.

Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken served with orzo pasta.

How do I cook the chicken?

My favorite method is grilling the chicken. You can cook on a gas or charcoal grill over medium heat. The chicken just goes on the grill and is ready in 10-12 minutes.  It doesn’t get much easier…or tastier than this!  Happy Grilling!

Can I pan fry the chicken?

Yes, you can pan fry the chicken instead of grilling it. We’ve had to use this method in the dead of winter when the snow was too high and we couldn’t reach our grill. Use a well seasoned cast iron skillet with a thin coating of oil. Cook over medium high heat.

How do I know when chicken is done?

The best way to determine if chicken is thoroughly cooked is by testing it was an instant read thermometer. The internal temperature should read 165 degrees Fahrenheit.  

Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken on the grill.

How do I serve this chicken?

I like to serve this chicken hot off the grill along with orzo pasta or crispy smashed potatoesGingered Beets are a delicious vegetable to serve with chicken. It’s also delicious served at room temperature over a Caesar salad. Leftovers are also delicious in chicken salad

Don’t forget to PIN for later!

Grilled Chicken served on a white plate.


If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave me a comment below or take a picture and tag me on Instagram #beyondthechickencoop. 

5 from 7 votes
Lemon Rosemary Grilled chicken on a white plate
Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins

Grilled chicken with lemon and rosemary

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled chicken, grilled lemon chicken, lemon chicken
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 102 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1 whole Zest of lemon
  • 1 whole Juice of lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 -3 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 whole boneless chicken breasts
  1. In a large zip-top bag, place lemon zest, lemon juice, rosemary, garlic and wine.
  2. Add chicken breast. Seal bag.
  3. Place bag in refrigerator to marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours.
  4. Preheat a grill on high.
  5. Place breasts on grill and turn heat to medium. Discard marinade and plastic bag.
  6. Cook 5 minutes per side, checking half way through each side to make certain the breasts aren't burning.
  7. Cook until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. You may need to leave breasts on grill for an additional 2-4 minutes.

Recipe Notes
  • Cook time will vary depending on your grill and the size of your chicken breasts.
  • For serving with a salad, let cool slightly, slice and add to salad while still warm.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 102
% Daily Value*
Sodium 7mg 0%
Potassium 85mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 1g
Vitamin A 1.2%
Vitamin C 1.3%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 2.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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  • Reply
    May 1, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Such a drool-worthy grilled chicken recipe!

    I wish I could taste it through my computer screen. I’m feeling so hungry right now.

    Beautifully captured, Kathy!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    April 29, 2019 at 6:06 am

    You had me at grilled! I love how the grill makes dinner so nice and easy. The flavors here sound delicious, and we usually have all of the ingredients in the pantry. That’s a win-win in my book! 🙂

    • Reply
      April 29, 2019 at 5:36 pm

      It is so simple and so flavorful!

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    April 26, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Lemon and rosemary is such a delicious flavour combination! This is my ideal dinner 🙂

  • Reply
    Fred G
    April 25, 2019 at 11:59 am

    What a great idea: lemon, rosemary, and chicken.

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