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Best Grilled Marinated Chicken Breasts Recipe in 5 Steps


Grilled chicken breasts on a grill.

Tired of the same old boring chicken dinners? Not to worry! This Grilled Marinated Chicken Breasts recipe will tantalize your taste buds and add flavor to your dinner. It’s perfect for hectic nights. Your family will adore meal time once again! Let’s get grilling!

Grilled marinated chicken breastseasy peasy! Perfect for a weeknight. Marinade the chicken to get plenty of flavor and keep it moist. Allow enough time for the marinade to tenderize. Cooking time varies – this guide will help.

Fire up the BBQ and let’s go! Grab your favorite marinade and get started! Enjoy expertly grilled chicken in no time!

1. Gather Ingredients

Grilled chicken for summer BBQs and weeknight dinners? Yes please! This recipe is sure to make everyone happy. The marinade brings garlic, oregano, and lemon flavors to the chicken. Yum!


  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless & skinless)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon oregano (dried)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (kosher)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper (black)
  • Juice from 1 lemon (2 tablespoons freshly squeezed)

2. Preparation

Take time to get ready. Trim away fat off chicken and rinse with cool water. Pound lightly if they are not even in thickness. Put chicken into a bowl or bag. Add marinade liquid. Cover and chill for several hours. Stir once for flavor absorption. Take out of fridge when done marinating. Get ready to cook!

3. Marinating

Marinating is a way to soak foods in a flavored liquid before cooking. Ingredients like vinegar, wine, lemon juice or buttermilk can soften tough meats and add flavor. Grilling chicken with marinade is an easy way to make it juicy and tasty.

To make the marinade, mix ¼ cup olive oil, 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper in a large ziptop bag. Add the 4 (6-ounce) boneless skinless chicken breasts to the bag with the marinade. Mix all the ingredients together and make sure there are no pockets of oil or vinegar. Put it in the fridge for 2-4 hours before grilling.

4. Grilling

Grilling is an amazing way to cook chicken breasts. Marinating before helps infuse flavor and moisture into the meat.

To make sure your chicken is cooked right, first preheat the gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat. For charcoal, spread pre-heated coals in one layer across the bottom. Lightly oil the grate with oil spray or oil-soaked paper towel, then place your marinated chicken on top. Grill for 5-7 minutes per side until cooked. Flip each breast only once – this keeps juices intact and prevents dryness. Check the internal temperature of the chicken at its thickest point – it should be 165°F. Let the chicken rest, then slice and serve hot or cold.

Grilled Marinated Chicken Breasts on grill
Grilled Marinated Chicken Breasts on grill

5. Serving

Grilled marinated chicken breasts can be served warm. Have them on their own, or with a meal. To enjoy them alone, pair with roasted veggies or a salad and either white or brown rice. If you want something different, cut it into thin strips. Pile onto pita bread with lettuce, tomato, feta cheese and tzatziki. Enjoy!

Pre-cooked grilled marinated chicken will stay fresh for two to three days in the fridge. Use it for wraps, salads, sandwiches and bowls. Yum!


Grilled marinated chicken breasts are delicious AND easy to customize. Add garlic, Italian seasoning, oregano, red pepper flakes, honey, ground mustard, or soy sauce for flavor. Smoked paprika, cumin, and chili powder create a southwestern-inspired chicken with zing. It’s simple to customize and make it your own!


Grill the chicken breasts fully and let them brown lightly. Pull them off the grill and let them rest a few minutes. Serve the marinated, juicy chicken with yummy sides. Don’t forget to save some marinade to dip or pour over the meal. Dig in and enjoy!

Check out 12 Chicken Recipes For All Occasions Yet Quick and Easy for more ideas!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What ingredients do I need for the grilled marinated chicken breasts recipe?

A: You will need chicken breasts, olive oil, lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic, honey, salt, and black pepper.

Q: How long should I marinate the chicken before grilling?

A: It is recommended to marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.

Q: Can I use other cuts of chicken instead of chicken breasts?

A: Yes, you can use other cuts of chicken such as thighs or drumsticks, but be sure to adjust the grilling time accordingly.

Q: Can I grill the chicken indoors using a grill pan or electric grill?

A: Yes, you can use a grill pan or electric grill to cook the chicken indoors if you do not have access to an outdoor grill.

Q: How long should I grill the chicken for?

A: Grill the chicken for 6-8 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Be sure to use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.

Q: Can I serve the grilled marinated chicken breasts with any side dishes?

A: Yes, you can serve the chicken with a variety of side dishes such as roasted vegetables, rice, or salad.
Ethan Walker
Ethan Walker

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