Sunday, July 31, 2011

Grilled Lemon Chicken Breasts

The lonely boneless chicken breast.  But so much possibility.  Pairing lemon with chicken is one such possibility.  Add some herbs and you have elevated the simple chicken breast into something so flavorful.  This is the perfect summer time meal.  Pair it with a salad or some veggies for a light and healthy dinner that everyone will enjoy. (my family did!)

Grilled Lemon Chicken Breasts
Recipe by Jamie, Mom's Cooking Club

Serves 4


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced or put through a garlic press
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
lemon juice from 1 lemon
lemon zest from 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper


1. Place chicken breasts in a plastic storage bag or between 2 pieces of saran wrap or wax paper.  Using a meat mallet, pound to an even thickness but not too thin.

2. Mix the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and place in a large storage or freezer bag.  Add chicken breasts and seal the bag.  Rub and massage marinade  to evenly coat the chicken breasts.  Place the chicken in the refrigerator and let it marinade for at least 2 hours or up to 12 hours.  

3. Preheat grill to high.  Spray grill grates with cooking spray or rub with vegetable/canola oil.  Lower grill to medium heat.  Place chicken breasts on grill, close lid and cook for about 5 minutes per side.  Cook time will depend on thickness of chicken. 

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Mom's Cooking Club Lesson:  I like to put my chicken breasts in a storage bag or between saran wrap and pound them to an even thickness.  Not real thin for this type of cooking but just enough where they have a more uniform thickness.  When I do this, I find that the chicken breasts cook more evenly as well as staying tender and moist.  



Barbara Bakes said...

Great tip! I never thought to do that with regular chicken recipes. It looks like a easy, delicious meal.

Mom on the Run said...

I love pairing lemon with chicken. Such a great combination. Thanks for the recipe!

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