Grilled Rosemary Lemon and Garlic Marinaded Chicken

Lemon Rosemary Chicken


I stop using my oven when the weather gets hot. So from spring to early fall, many of our meals are cooked on the grill. This lemon and rosemary chicken is a dinner that can be pulled together quickly and goes well with grilled veggies or a green salad with lemon tahini dressing or my husband’s favorite homemade barbecue sauce. And I always make extra for a quick chicken caesar salad for lunch later in the week.

Grilled Rosemary Lemon Chicken with grilled asparagus
Grilled Lemon Rosemary Chicken with grilled asparagus

Recipe serves 4 adults, or our family plus leftovers for lunch.

Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Lemon Rosemary Chicken


  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless (a whole chicken also works well)*
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 lemons, juiced (about ¼ cup)
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped


  1. Cut breasts horizontally, so they are split in half (this will speed up marinading and cooking time)
  2. Prepare marinade by combining all ingredients except chicken in a 9x13 casserole dish (or ziplock bag)
  3. Add chicken to marinade and fully coat
  4. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes up to 4 hours (I have even frozen the marinading chicken at this point)
  5. Grill over medium heat for 6 to 10 minutes depending on the heat of your grill

*Note: I choose to purchase chicken that was raised without antibiotics.

cutting the chicken breast ahead of marinading
Step 1: cutting the chicken breast ahead of marinading
Chicken marinading in lemon, rosemary and garlic
Step 3: chicken marinading in lemon, rosemary and garlic

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Quick and easy Lemon Rosemary Chicken



  1. Delicious …will do it again…easy and simple perfect for me

  2. Elyssa Marks

    Did it again …marinated for 4 hours really brought flavours out…enjoyed by all!!!

    • I am so happy to hear everyone enjoyed the chicken Elyssa! And yes, it becomes more flavorful the longer it marinades. I often double the recipe and freeze half for a simple weeknight dinner. Enjoy!

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