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This is, quite honestly, the only recipe for grilled chicken breasts you’ll ever need. The simple combination of olive oil, lemon, and fresh herbs creates a clean, summery flavor profile that brings out the best of lean, white meat. Fresh garlic and red pepper elevate the marinade, as well as the inherent flavor of the bird. Relative to the amount of oil and liquid going in, the amount of each aromatic called for in the marinade may seem like a lot—however, this marinade is intentionally intense by design. Using a marinade this flavor-forward allows for overall less marination, which is what you want when it comes to chicken breasts.


Credit: Jen Causey; Food Styling: Margaret Dickey and Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland

Recipe Summary

30 mins
2 hrs
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 chicken breast)


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  • Stir together olive oil, parsley, basil, cilantro, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, crushed red pepper, and black pepper in a bowl, and transfer to a large ziplock plastic bag. Remove 2 tablespoons of mixture, and reserve. Add chicken to bag; seal bag, and toss to coat. Chill 1 to 2 hours, turning chicken once.

  • Preheat grill to medium-high (400°F to 450°F). Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Let chicken stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Place chicken on oiled grates; grill, covered, until a thermometer registers 160°F when inserted in thickest portion of chicken breast, 5 to 6 minutes per side. Remove chicken from grill, and let rest 10 minutes. Drizzle with reserved 2 tablespoons marinade.