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This delicious lemon herb chicken recipe is juicy, tender and only takes 30 minutes to make! An easy chicken breast recipe that is light and healthy so you can add this to your go-to healthy meals.

chicken on a cutting board next to lemons and herbs

Fast Lemon Herb Chicken

I love making this lemon herb chicken breast because the marinade I’m about to show you is so fresh and absolutely delicious. Plus, this herb chicken dish can be paired with almost anything! 

My favorite way to serve lemon chicken is on top of a big green salad or in a pasta salad. But it’s also great with steamed veggies, rice, quinoa, or anything else you like. 

Ingredients Needed

  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice– to bring out the delicious flavors. If you want you can also add a bit of lemon zest for even more flavor.
  • Garlic gloves– I like using crushed fresh garlic, but you can use garlic powder
  • Onion powder– for that delicious onion flavor
  • Olive oil– to oil the grill
  • Kosher salt– add more to taste
  • Ground black pepper– add to your liking
  • Italian seasoning– my favorite seasoning- it’s all in one. But you can use fresh herbs if you prefer.
  • Chicken breasts or chicken breast tenders– I prefer using boneless skinless chicken breasts because they’re quick and easy to grill. You can use the marinade on chicken thighs or bone-in chicken too, but cook time will change.
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

How to make grilled lemon herb chicken

  1. To make the chicken marinade, whisk together the lemon juice, garlic, onion powder, oil, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning in a small bowl.
  2. If you’re using chicken breasts, pound lightly with a rolling pin to make them even in size.
  3. Pour the marinade over the chicken. Soak the chicken in the mixture for 15-30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the grill or griddle to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grill with olive oil. Grill the chicken on both sides until done in the middle. 
  5. Serve warm or room temperature. 
chicken on a cutting board next to lemons and herbs

Expert tips

  • If you don’t have Italian seasoning, you can make your own! Add equal parts of dried thyme, parsley, basil, oregano, and rosemary. Or, simply use any herbs you like. 
  • You can also cook the chicken in the oven – place on a foil lined baking pan and roast at 375° until the internal temperature is 165°F.
  • Simple as that! You can garnish this lemon chicken with chopped fresh parsley for extra flavor. Serve this delicious lemon herb chicken with salads, rice, veggies or potatoes for a full meal.
  • Add a bit of red pepper flakes for a little heat!


What’s the best way to cook lemon herb chicken?

I find that the grill is best to cook this recipe because it’s faster and easier. 

How do you know when chicken is done?

I love to grill this chicken but you can also bake or broil this chicken. Bake it at 350°F or broil on high, turning once, until the chicken is cooked through.

Can I use chicken thighs instead of breasts?

You can! I just prefer using boneless chicken breasts or tenders because they grill up super quick. 

How to store leftover chicken?

Store the chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 

Can I freeze cooked chicken?

Yes you can! Be sure to seal it well. 

chicken on a cutting board next to lemons and herbs

Lemon Herb Chicken Recipe

4.25 from 8 votes
Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken – this delicious and easy chicken marinade recipe is perfect for dinner and is only a 30 minute meal!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Serving Size 4 ounces


  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice about 2-3 lemons, depending on size
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed OR 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 pound chicken breasts or chicken breast tenders
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
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  • Whisk together lemon juice, garlic, onion powder, oil, salt, pepper, and seasoning.
  • If you’re using chicken breasts, pound lightly with a rolling pin to make them even in size.
  • Place marinade on chicken. Let soak for 15-30 minutes.
  • Preheat grill or griddle to medium-high heat. Lightly oil grill and grill chicken on both sides until done in the middle. Serve warm or room temperature.
  • This chicken goes great on salad!

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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 383mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Dorothy Kern

Welcome to Crazy for Crust, where I share recipes that are sometimes crazy, often with a crust, and always served with a slice of life.

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  1. I can relate to wanting and needing to lose weight. You got this Dorothy! This recipe looks delicious. I will have to make it.

  2. Hi Dorothy, I have been following you for a while now and just wanted to wish you success as you begin this journey to take care of yourself. I started an exercise program almost a year ago to increase my strength  and endurance. They hour I take for the class at my gym is just for me-no phone and no tending to the needs of others. I think of this on the days I really rather go from work to home versus work to the gym. I also feel like I am showing my children that they need to have a balanced life. Recipe pinned! Best of luck!