This is a great basic chicken marinade recipe that will give you moist, delicious chicken breasts every time!

Recipe Summary

10 mins
6 mins
6 hrs 10 mins
6 hrs 26 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Pound chicken breasts on a work surface to at least 1/2-inch thickness.

  • Whisk safflower oil, lemon juice, garlic, and Italian seasoning together in a bowl and pour into a resealable plastic bag. Add chicken, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 6 to 24 hours.

  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  • Remove chicken from the marinade and shake off excess. Discard the remaining marinade.

  • Cook chicken on preheated grill until longer pink in the center, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes:

You can choose any dried herb. I personally enjoy the taste of Italian seasoning because it's a delicious combination of many herbs.

Substitute olive oil for the safflower oil, if desired.

If using a George Foreman(R), grill the chicken for 3 minutes flat.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

462 calories; protein 24.1g; carbohydrates 3.7g; fat 39.3g; cholesterol 64.6mg; sodium 57.4mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (5)

7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
Juicy Chicken Breast Marinade Haiku: "Nice chicken flavor, wish I'd changed it *just* a bit, so easy to make." As w/ SLN's review, I had to grill mine much longer than directed, but chicken breast shape and weight can affect grilling time so that's no fault - I'd anticipated needing to grill it more like 6 min./side. My only issue w/ this marinade was that it was so heavy on the Italian seasoning that the little green flakes just overtook the flavor entirely. I'd throw this marinade together again no prob, just reducing the Italian seasoning. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Simple and delicious. My guests loved it. Will be a go-to. I sliced the garlic so I had nice pieces of it on the chicken. I ended up broiling them due to the weather; broiling on medium they took about 8 minutes per side. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Made as written except that I sliced my chicken breast in half so that I could get more of the marinade throughout. I found that the chicken needed more than 3 minutes per side but other than that this worked perfectly. Super simple super tender and super moist. You really cannot go wrong with this recipe. I plan on playing around with the herb mix some but the lemon juice will stay. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I used Tarragon and Rosemary. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very juice chicken. Marinade needs salt. I will make again adding salt. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
I was so looking forward to this recipe after reading the reviews. I couldn’t disagree more. The marinade needs salt! Breast turned out with good lemon and garlic flavor after marinating for over 24 hours, but dry meat. I may try one more time with salt added. Read More