Simply, The Best Grilled Chicken

Simply, The Best Grilled Chicken

By Christina Collins

Grilled chicken on a platter

Versatile, flavorful and easy to make. This grilled chicken recipe is foolproof!

I really enjoy a good piece of grilled chicken, but I’m always so disappointed in the results! So often they come out bland and dry. And then I stumbled on a really great recipe by “Once Upon A Chef.” After making it more time than I can count, I am declaring it the best Grilled Chicken recipe! It’s simple, delicious, and reliable- exactly what grilled chicken should be.

The chicken is marinated in a ziplock bag with ingredients most of us usually have on hand- extra virgin olive oil, dried oregano, died thyme, salt, pepper, minced garlic and the zest of a fresh lemon.

This recipe works because the lemon zest brings a complexity and brightness that balances out the savory herbs. We use lemon zest in place of lemon juice here because lemon juice in a marinade makes it tough and begins to cure it, turning it white. By using lemon zest, we get the citrus notes, but not the curing.

Helpful Tips!

  • 4 hours of marinating will do the trick, but overnight is even better.
  • The grill needs to be HOT and clean!
  • Take out the chicken about 20 minutes before grilling. The oil will harden in the fridge and needs to relax before grilling. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the excess oil and marinade left in the bag.

The Best Grilled Chicken Recipe!

The recipe below features the exact ingredients as the original recipe, but I broke the steps down to be a little easier to follow.

Grilled chicken on a platter

Grilled Chicken

To make the best grilled chicken, simply toss the chicken cutlets with Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Herbs. Marinate for a few hours and grill.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • Grill


  • 1-3/4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts


  • 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1-1/4 tsp kosher salt (Diamond brand recommended)
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon, zested


Prepare the Chicken

  • Working one at a time, remove the tenderloin from each breast. Then, work to get each chicken piece to 1/2 inch thick by slicing and/or pounding by placing the chicken in a 1-gallon zip-lock bag or between two sheets of plastic wrap.

Make the Marinade

  • Mix all of the ingredients except for the chicken together in a 1-gallon zip-lock bag. Add the chicken breasts to the bag and gently massage the marinade into the meat, ensuring all the chicken is coated. Once coated, make sure as much air as possible is out of the bag. Seal the bag and place on a plate in the fridge. Marinate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.

Cook the Chicken

  • Remove the chicken from the fridge about 30 minutes prior to cooking to relax the marinade. Preheat the grill to high heat (about 600 degrees F.) Make sure grates are clean. (Optional – oil grates. I don’t find this necessary, but some people like to.)
  • Remove chicken from bag and place on a plate for easier transfer to grill. Place the chicken breasts on the grill and cook, covered, for about 3 minutes on one side and about 2 minutes on the other side. Do not touch the chicken until ready to flip. Do not overcook. Remove the chicken from the grill and let rest for about 2 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a platter and serve.


Recommended serving with Tzatziki sauce
Keyword chicken, grilled

Share socially… 


Leave a Comment

Recipe Rating

More to explore

Cauliflowers florets are smothered and baked in a rich cheese sauce for a delicious and decadent side dish.
Clean fresh shrimp and coat with egg wash and add to seasoned flour in a ziplock bag. Shake to coat. Deep fry for 3 minutes. Toss with spicy hot pepper sauce and serve with Blue Cheese Dip. Easy shrimp appetizer recipe and better than any restaurant!
This Pork Roast recipe takes some advance planning to ensure you have the necessary ingredients and tools. Once you have what you need, this Pork Roast makes for an excellent holiday meal, special occasion dinner, or a Sunday roast for the whole family. Serve with Mashed Potatoes and a good bottle of Burgundy for the perfect meal.

$500 Whole Foods Gift Card