Quick 20-Minute Juicy Lemon Chicken Recipe Is a Light & Healthy Dinner by Ann Marie Patitucci

Poultry Grilling Dinner
9 months ago

Quick 20-Minute Juicy Lemon Chicken Recipe Is a Light & Healthy Dinner

I’m convinced that lemon makes everything better, and this tender, juicy grilled lemon chicken recipe is no exception. It’s a perfect summer recipe that can be done in a grill pan or outside on the barbecue grill.

This easy chicken recipe is light, healthy and full of flavor. A bonus? It’s on the table in 20 to 25 minutes. To make this grilled lemon chicken recipe you will need boneless, skinless chicken breasts, extra-virgin olive oil, lemons, fresh or dried oregano, garlic, salt and black pepper. The lemon flavor in this moist and juicy chicken is outstanding! 

Serve this chicken dinner with your favorite side dishes. 

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes plus time to marinate
Cook Time: 10 to 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 to 25 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 lemons (1/4 cup lemon juice, plus wedges for serving)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh or dried oregano
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
  • fresh parsley, for serving (optional)

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Recipe Notes

  • You could substitute boneless chicken thighs for the breasts.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Pat chicken dry. Pound it out, if necessary. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine olive oil, fresh lemon juice, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. Add chicken and toss well to combine. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Place chicken on the grill for 5 to 7 minutes. Use tongs to flip over and cook until juices run dry, approximately 5 to 7 more minutes. Any extra marinade can be discarded.
  4. Remove chicken from the grill. Sprinkle with parsley and garnish with lemon slices, if desired. 

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I love lemon chicken and this recipe is so simple too 🍋
Elisa Schmitz
Mmm! I'm with you on that lemon flavor, and this recipe is so in line with my Mediterranean diet. Thanks for sharing the yum, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead !
Usually lemon chicken is more Asian style so I'm liking this fresh variation...
Julio Caro
Thanks for Sharing.....

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