Lemon and Basil Grilled Chicken


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Lemon and Basil Grilled Chicken recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Seasoned with basil, garlic, lemon and lime, this was flavorful and delicious grilled chicken. I wasn’t planning to photograph this meal or even blog it, but it turned out so well; I couldn’t resist.

I shot a quick picture of the leftover chicken breasts, so that I could save the recipe for future reference.

Serve this with sauteed snap peas and zucchini with basil.

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Lemon and Basil Grilled Chicken


  • 3 lbs chicken pieces I used 4 huge chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup basil thinly sliced


  • Whisk together olive oil, lemon, lime, garlic, salt and pepper. Add the fresh herbs and stir to combine. Place the chicken in a lidded container or a large ziploc bag. Pour the marinade over the pieces of chicken. Turn the pieces or flip the bag to coat well.
  • Marinate 8-24 hours in the refrigerator. When you are ready to cook the chicken, remove from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before grilling. Our chicken pieces were huge, so it took almost 45 minutes to cook them. We grilled them over medium-high heat, turning them once every 10-15 minutes.
  • When the chicken is finished cooking, let it rest for at least 10 minutes before cutting into it. This allows the fluids to evenly redistribute throughout the meat. Enjoy!
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Becki's Whole Life says

    What a great flavor combo – basil and lemon! I bet this tasted wonderful and love that you used the chicken pieces vs the breasts for this..I really like to grill up a whole package of cut up chicken and it's nice to have some different flavors!

  2. Monet says

    Simple yet delicious. I'm always looking for new chicken recipes. Thank you for sharing…and thank you for leaving such kind words on my own blog. You make me smile!