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Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken

April 25, 2019 (Last Updated: May 11, 2019)

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
  • 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 27, 2016 at 6:42 am

    We made this earlier this week and it was amazing! I like that the marinade doesn’t require any oil- it cooked beautifully and tasted so good!

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      May 28, 2016 at 5:42 am

      The marinade adds a lot of flavor! We made this to go with Caesar salad the other night. It was perfect sliced up and added to the salad.

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    Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life
    April 5, 2016 at 11:51 am

    That looks delicious, Kathy! Perfect easy recipe for the summer grill season! Can’t wait to try it!

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      April 5, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Thanks! It is perfect for grilling anytime of year!

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    April 2, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Your rosemary chicken looks delicious!

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      April 2, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks! It is delicious! 🙂

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    April 1, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    This sound so light healthy and delicious,….and easy too!

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      April 3, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Very light and delicious!

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    Dawn at Girl Heart Food
    April 1, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Can’t go wrong with chicken and rosemary! We just bought a new grill and this recipe is a lovely one to try. Have a great weekend!

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      April 3, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      A new grill! Yahoo….this is a perfect dish to break in the new grill!

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    Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy
    April 1, 2016 at 5:41 am

    Grilling season is here! Wahoo! Rosemary and lemon is one of my favorite combos… this looks amazing! 🙂

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      April 1, 2016 at 5:51 am

      It’s a perfect combination!

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      April 3, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      So many great ways to marinade chicken. This is one of my absolute favorites!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    March 31, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Simple and full of flavor! Just the way I like it Kathy. Thanks for sharing!!

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      April 1, 2016 at 5:20 am

      There’s lots of flavor in this chicken!

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    March 31, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Rosemary is one of my all-time favorite herbs! This chicken sounds wonderful!!

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      April 1, 2016 at 5:21 am

      It’s one of my favorites too!

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    March 31, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I love how simple this recipe is, but it’s so flavorful too. Rosemary and chicken immediately gives me visions of summer!

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      April 1, 2016 at 5:21 am

      Summer isn’t too far off…I’m ready!

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    Kim | Low Carb Maven
    March 31, 2016 at 8:32 am

    I love this classic flavor combination Kathy. I would eat that chicken on my salad every-day! After having temps near 90 a few weeks ago, SoCal has cooled off a bit. It’s still grilling season though – the best season of the year! Thanks for your delicious recipe.

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      April 1, 2016 at 5:23 am

      I like grilling season! I’ve been eating this on my lunch salad all week!

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