Looking for something light and tasty for dinner during the summer? These Lemon Garlic Grilled Chicken Breasts are just the ticket.
They have a bright, citrusy flavor from a quick lemon and garlic marinade, and can be on the table in under an hour. Happy grilling!
Chicken Breasts (up to 4)
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 tbsp Olive Oil
3 Garlic Cloves, quartered
Salt & Pepper
Place the chicken breasts in a gallon ziploc bag. Squeeze the juice of one lemon into the bag, followed by the olive oil and chopped garlic. Sprinkle two big pinches of kosher salt and some freshly ground pepper into the bag. Seal the top and move the chicken around in the bag until well coated by the seasonings. Place in fridge and marinate for 30 minutes, moving the chicken around in the bag every ten minutes to make sure all sides are getting flavored.
Preheat a clean grill to medium high heat on all but one burner. If using charcoal, spread the coals out over half the grill bottom to make a hot side and a cooler side.
Remove the chicken from the bag onto a plate, removing any garlic still clinging to the chicken.
Place the chicken breasts top side down on the hot side of the grill for two minutes. Then rotate your chicken 45 degrees and cook for another two minutes. (that’s how you get those gorgeous grill marks!)
Once your chicken has been on the grill 4 minutes, flip and cook for four more minutes over the direct heat.
Move the chicken breasts over to the cooler side of the grill and cook another 4-6 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees on an instant read thermometer.
Tip: When moving the chicken, keep the thicker end of the breast pointed to the hot side of the grill so the thinner end doesn’t overcook.
Remove to a plate and tent with foil, letting them rest for at least 5 minutes. Then enjoy!
While you’re grilling the chicken, consider grilling some vegetables or ears of corn at the same time. Making your whole dinner on the grill keeps all that residual cooking heat outside your home.
Have some fresh herbs in your garden? Finely chop some parsley, basil, thyme or any herb and mix it into a tablespoon or two of room-temperature salted butter. Add a very finely minced clove of garlic for an extra pop of flavor. Top each chicken breast with a dollop of this herbed butter when serving, and your family will love the fresh, zesty flavor!
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