Lemon Herb Chicken

My experience with Lemon-Herb Chicken has been an interesting one.

The first time I recall having this combination was at my college dining center…*shudder*

Needless to say, lemon-herb chicken did not rate very high on my favorite flavor combinations.  Super dry chicken, overly strong fake lemon, and where were the herbs?  Ish.

Fast forward 5 years later when I thought I was buying a bag of frozen  (plain) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but got home and found that they were lemon-herb flavored! 

I ignored them for a looong time.

Then I ran out of chicken and had no choice but to make the marinated ones.  And you know what?  They were pretty good! Excessively salty?  Yes.  But not bad.

So with an abundance of bright fresh herbs growing in my garden this summer, I knew it was finally time to make my own lemon-herb chicken. 

I’m so glad I did.

This is one of our favorite chicken marinades (and it’s fabulous on pork, too!)

Lemon Herb Chicken {or Pork}
Adapted from Betty Crocker

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup lemon juice
1 tbsp fresh (or 1 tsp dried) basil, chopped
2 tbsp fresh (or 1 tsp dried) thyme, chopped
2 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs (or pork loin or chops)

Whisk all ingredients (except the chicken) together in a large measuring cup.

Place the chicken in a gallon sized resealable bag.  Add the marinade and turn to coat.  Refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight, flipping the bag several times.  Or place in the freezer and use within 1 month, the chicken will marinate as it thaws.

Grill the thawed chicken over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes, flipping once.


  1. I'm picky about lemon chicken myself-yours looks perfect, though!

  2. Ooh yum, sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  3. Your lemon and herb chicken looks fantastic! I'm glad to hear there's hope for lemon and herb marinades. I've only had the pre-packaged kind, but am willing to give it another shot!

    Stopping by from White Lights on Wednesdays my recipe is #42

  4. I am your newest follower! Found you on the blog hop! Your dishes look fantastic, will try some this weekend!

  5. I'm so jealous of your herb garden! I really want to give one a try. This looks great! Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.

  6. This is dinner tomorrow. I have everything I need to make it. I have some Thai Basil--can't wait to add that to the mix.

  7. I love lemon on chicken, can't wait to try this, Thanks for joining me at I Freakin did it Friday! I hope to see you again this friday

  8. Looks great, I love lemon and chicken together!

  9. This makes me hungry just looking at it! Pinning! Thanks so much for sharing this at our Weekend Wonders party :) Hope to see you back on Thursday. Have a great week!

  10. Hello, me again.. I just wanted to let you know that I've featured this fabulous chicken :) Come by and grab a feature button if you'd like. Have a great day!

  11. This looks and sounds wonderful:) I love the idea of freezing the marinade and chicken, great plan! Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays.
    Have an amazing day!

  12. Lemon has quickly become my favorite thing to pair with anything - I actually used to hate lemon-flavored things! This looks delish!

    Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursday - all 3 - I'm hopping over to comment on the others too. :)

  13. WOW! This is awesome! Thanks for sharing your recipe on our Blog Hop Recipe Swap!

  14. I love lemon herb chicken! Thanks for sharing on our Blog Hop Recipe Swap! This would be so easy for Back to School, especially since you can let marinate over night!

  15. LOVE your blog great ideas and yummy treats! Glad I found you via Blog Hop!

  16. Great chicken dish. New follower via blog hop. Thanks

  17. Your recipe was one of the most clicked for Tasty Thursday (:

  18. Glad you found a great recipe so you can enjoy yummy lemon herb chicken. It really looks perfect, I love the grill charing. Thanks Amy for being a part of the YBR:)


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