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Lemon Basil Grilled Chicken

Rated as 4.43 out of 5 Stars

"Tart, fresh marinade livens up simple grilled chicken."
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Ingredients

47 m servings 170 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

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  1. Lightly pound chicken to an even 3/4-inch thickness. Pat chicken dry using paper towels and place in a large resealable plastic bag.
  2. Combine lemon peel, lemon juice, garlic, salt, oil and basil in a blender or food processor. Pulse for 30 seconds or until well blended.
  3. Pour the marinade over the chicken, seal the bag and turn to coat chicken thoroughly. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to overnight.
  4. Preheat grill to medium-high heat or about 400 degrees F.
  5. Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade.
  6. Grill for 4 to 6 minutes per side or until cooked through.
  7. Transfer to serving plate and garnish with additional basil, if desired.

Footnotes

  • Recipe Note:  Add extra thick lemon slices or wedges to the grill with the chicken to use as a garnish or to squeeze for extra lemon flavor.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 170 calories; 7.4 g fat; 1.3 g carbohydrates; 23.8 g protein; 65 mg cholesterol; 154 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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I followed this recipe exactly, marinating the chicken for about five hours. It was easy to grill, and we had leftovers for salad the next evening. This is a dish to be repeated! Thank you so...

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i was excited to try this recipe as a i had a fresh bunch of basil ready from my herb garden and very aromatic. i used all fresh ingredients and followed the recipe and cooked the chicken beaut...

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I followed this recipe exactly, marinating the chicken for about five hours. It was easy to grill, and we had leftovers for salad the next evening. This is a dish to be repeated! Thank you so...

Great recipe! The combination of citrus and herb complimented each other very nicely. I threw everything into a ziploc bag and let it marinate for about 4 hours. The result was a light, lemony g...

Simply, quick and delicious. What more could you ask? Oh, right - also a hit with the kids! Next time I'll add a bit more salt but it's much better for a recipe to err on the side of caution. It...

I made this for a cold chef's salad. I subbed in dried basil, but otherwise followed the recipe. I marinated for 45 minutes or so. This came out perfect and was excellent on the salad.

These should have been for dinner last night, but...........too long to explain. They ended marinating for 24 hours, and they grilled up beautifully, tender, moist, and just loaded with flavor....

Loved the fresh taste this marinade gave the chicken. Of course, as marinade, ingredients do not have to be exact, but this recipe could have been written in an easier format. The garlic needed ...

This was delicious! I marinated for about 3 hours and used thin-sliced chicken breasts and didn't have to pound them flat. The chicken was very well seasoned and moist. Loved the combination ...

I was suspicious that this recipe would be flavorless but I really enjoyed it.

Delish. Doubled the marinade. Used fresh lemon juice and 3lbs boneless chicken breast. Excellent! Moist too