Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Marinated Boneless Chicken Breast: Easy Herb and Lemon Grilled Chicken in Minutes

It's fun to get your hands messy mixing the herb and lemon marinade - rustic-style - with your fingertips before barbecuing this easy and delicious Grilled Chicken for dinner!

Barbecued Herb and Lemon Chicken breast with salad and rice on a plate.
My favorite way to mix a marinade for grilled meat is to combine the ingredients directly on my cutting board. It's something I saw Jamie Oliver do on one of his cooking shows.

You begin by drizzling olive oil (or a sauce) on your cutting board. Then you build the marinade's flavors by sprinkling on herbs, spices and other fixings you think would go well with the flavors you have chosen.

Mixing Chicken Marinade on Cutting Board with Fingertips

The fun continues when you get to blend the ingredients together with your fingertips! No bowls, no measuring spoons, and no mixing spoons. It’s all very rustic – which I love!

It's how I came up with this tasty chicken marinade recipe. The extra virgin olive oil helps keep the chicken breast moist as it cooks on the grill, and the herbes de provence spice blend with the splash of fresh lemon juice adds plenty of flavor!

Moist and juicy barbecued chicken for dinner.

I didn't measure the ingredients, so I guessed on the amounts when I wrote the recipe below - they are probably fairly close.


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Grilled Herb and Lemon Chicken

Makes: 2 chicken breasts
Hands-on Time:10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. herbes de Provence spice blend (Club House has a good one)
  • 1 Tbsp. sodium-reduced soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts


1. Drizzle olive oil on a cutting board. Add garlic, herbs, soy sauce and red pepper flakes. Mix together with your fingertips.

2. Pat chicken breasts dry with a paper towel. Place chicken on the cutting board and rub all sides with the marinade mixture. Drizzle each chicken breast with fresh lemon juice. Let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.

3. Heat grill over medium-high heat. Cook chicken until it is no longer pink in the middle, about 6 to 8 minutes per side. Let cooked chicken breasts rest for five minutes before slicing – this allows all the flavorful juices inside to redistribute throughout the chicken breast instead of spilling out on the plate. Enjoy!

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Grilled Herb and Lemon Chicken on a plate with salad and rice

Brent Garell from Cookapalooza

Brent Garell is the author of The Cook-a-Palooza Experience and 15-Minute Money Saving Meals for Students. When he is not enjoying the outdoors, he is on the look-out for simple #mealprep solutions to fit healthy and responsible meals into his family's busy schedule. Let's see what works!

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