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.
- 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.