Simple Lemon Herb Chicken

Simple Lemon Herb Chicken

Background and History:

Simple Lemon Herb Chicken is a classic dish that combines the bright, tangy flavor of lemon with the aromatic goodness of fresh herbs. While its exact origin is unclear, it’s a beloved and timeless recipe that has made its way into countless kitchens worldwide.


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary (or 1 tablespoon dried)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme (or 1 tablespoon dried)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • Start by marinating the chicken. In a bowl, mix the juice of one lemon, rosemary, thyme, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil.
  • Place the chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish and pour the marinade over them. Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 4 hours for more flavor.
  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat or prepare a grill pan on the stove. Make sure it’s well-oiled to prevent sticking.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade, allowing any excess to drip off. Discard the marinade.
  • Grill the chicken for about 6-7 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C) and the juices run clear. Cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the chicken.
  • While grilling, cut the second lemon into wedges and grill them for a minute or two on each side until they have grill marks.
  • Serve the grilled lemon herb chicken with the grilled lemon wedges and your choice of side dishes.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Serving Size: 1 chicken breast
  • Calories: 260
  • Total Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 125mg
  • Sodium: 460mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 1g
  • Protein: 42g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


  • Feel free to use a different combination of fresh herbs, such as oregano or sage, to suit your taste.
  • You can also bake the chicken in the oven at 375°F (190°C) for about 25-30 minutes if you prefer not to grill.

Allergy Warning:

Ensure that there are no allergens in the ingredients you use, especially if you or your guests have known allergies.

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