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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

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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
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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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46 Comments

  • Reply
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    March 31, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Beautiful dish Kathy, I would love to get it together and have that chicken marinate all day!!! I love rosemary and lemon together, great combo. Hope you are well and enjoying spring. We may hit 70° today, perfect grilling day, but will be back in the teens next week. Ouch.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 1, 2016 at 5:24 am

      Embrace the 70s….and just don’t look ahead at the weather. Get outside and enjoy it while you can! Happy Grilling!

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    David @ Spiced
    March 31, 2016 at 5:20 am

    This sounds amazing, Kathy! I love how simple it is, too. Nothing beats a good simple meal…especially when the grill is involved. Bring on grillin’ season! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 1, 2016 at 5:24 am

      I love grilling. Not even just the taste of grilled foods, but being outside in the sunshine while the food is grilling!

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    Kaylene @ The Links Site
    March 30, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    This looks delicious and it is great that it uses ingredients that I usually have on hand!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 31, 2016 at 4:43 am

      It’s a great combination of flavors. Hope you enjoy it!

  • Reply
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    March 30, 2016 at 6:06 pm


    This recipe couldn’t have come at a better time, Kathy. Tomorrow it’s supposed to be 70 in NH and perfect grilling weather. I have a package of chicken breasts in the refrig and going to try your marinade for tomorrow night’s dinner 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 31, 2016 at 4:42 am

      Perfect timing! Enjoy that beautiful weather! Happy Grilling! 🙂

  • Reply
    mira
    March 30, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    This chicken looks perfect! Love the flavors! Pinning to try it!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 31, 2016 at 4:44 am

      With grilling season starting to get into swing, it’s great to have some new recipes to try!

  • Reply
    Rahul @samosastreet.com
    March 30, 2016 at 11:40 am

    I love lemon and rosemary on chicken and I liked your idea of adding wine. I am sure it will be amazing with all that extra flavor.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 31, 2016 at 4:45 am

      My motto…a little wine in the marinade and a little wine for me! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    March 30, 2016 at 9:20 am

    A totally reliable and scrumptious grilled chicken recipe is worth its weight in gold, and this looks like a great one!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 31, 2016 at 4:45 am

      Thanks, Kate!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    March 30, 2016 at 8:44 am


    I can see why this is your go to chicken recipe, Kathy! I love lemon and rosemary chicken, but you added a little wine! Yessssss! Love that this is healthy, but doesn’t skimp on flavor! Perfect for any weeknight dinner! Cheers, friend! 😉

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 31, 2016 at 4:46 am

      Sometimes I grill up a couple of extra chicken breasts and use them in my lunch during the week! Makes great leftovers.

  • Reply
    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    March 30, 2016 at 8:12 am

    I love this recipe for its simplicity and low calorie style. Don’t you just love how fresh herbs and lemon can add so much flavor without any extra calories? I mean, bathing suit season is peaking around the corner…right? And let’s face it, Spanx can’t solve all my problems! Rosemary is totally my favorite herb, woodsy, right? I’m having Tom make this tonight!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 31, 2016 at 4:48 am

      I do love rosemary and lemon is so versatile…it can be used in so many ways.

  • Reply
    Lori from LL Farm
    March 30, 2016 at 7:58 am

    YUM! This makes me crave fresh herbs growing again soon.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 31, 2016 at 5:04 am

      My chives and oregano are starting to grow! I love perennial herbs! It is too cold here to overwinter rosemary.

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