Tender and juicy Grilled Chicken Breast recipe with easy 30 minute marinade and simple ingredients. Learn how to grill chicken breast perfectly every time!

Instant Pot chicken breast or baked chicken breast are always on our winter dinner table. Come summer, this grilled chicken recipe is a staple.

Grilled chicken breasts garnished with parsley.

The best grilled chicken breast that is moist and flavorful without spending hours marinating your chicken first! If I don’t have time to marinate anything in a Ziploc bag overnight, it means neither do you.

You will be amazed how tender this perfectly grilled chicken breast turns out regardless of the length of marinating time.

During cooler months I get into a habit of making a batch of air fryer chicken breast. In summer, throwing the most expensive cut of chicken on a grill is the answer to the never ending question “What’s for dinner?”!

Serve alongside pasta with Instant Pot corn on the cob or use leftovers in healthy chicken salad or grilled chicken salad.

Ingredients for Grilled Chicken Breast Recipe

Olive oil, chicken breasts, lemon, oregano, garlic, salt, pepper.

I’m Ukrainian and believe simple ingredients make food shine. With this easy grilled chicken breast recipe, you don’t have to marinate chicken long and you are well on your way to a fast grilled chicken dinner. That’s it!

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Oil: I like extra virgin olive oil as it enhances the flavor when used in a chicken marinade.
  • Lemon: You will need a fresh lemon as you will be using both the lemon zest and lemon juice. The acidic juice helps tenderize the meat.
  • Garlic: Freshly grated garlic will bring out the best flavor!
  • Seasonings: Dried oregano, salt and pepper for additional taste.

How to Grill Chicken Breast

Here is a quick overview how to grill chicken breast after light pounding and only 30 minute marinating time. Full recipe card is located below.

Fresh chicken breasts inside a plastic bag on a cutting board and rolling pin nearby.

Lightly pound boneless skinless chicken breasts with a rolling pin or meat mallet. Concentrate mostly on the thickest part to make chicken breasts of even thickness like the opposite end.

I find it is convenient to pound chicken breasts in a Ziploc bag because after you can just add your chicken marinade ingredients to it.

Chicken breasts marinated in oil, lemon, garlic and spices in a Ziploc bag.

Open the bag and add olive oil, grated garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, dried oregano, salt and pepper to it. Lay flat, let out as much air as possible and seal. Swoosh chicken breasts gently around the bag to coat evenly.

How long to marinate chicken breasts? Marinate chicken breasts for grilling as little as 30 minutes to as long as 24 hours. This allows enough time for the marinade to flavor and tenderize your meat.

Grilling chicken breasts on BBQ.

Preheat grill on medium-high heat (450-500 degrees F) and rub grill grates with oiled paper towel. Place chicken on the grill, close the lid and grill chicken breasts for 8-10 minutes turning once. Do not overcook.

Chicken is done when meat thermometer inserted in the thickest parts registers 165 degrees F. Or you can also make a cut with a paring knife and if juices are no longer pink, your grilled chicken breast is ready.

It is important to grill chicken breasts covered, so they cook through with nice grill marks.

Grilled chicken on barbecue grill.

Remove grilled chicken from the grill, cover with foil and let rest for 5 minutes. This allows juices to settle inside the meat and not outside on our plate. Resulting in juicy grilled chicken breast!

How Long to Grill Chicken Breast?

How long to grill chicken breast depends mostly on your grill and the thickness of your chicken breasts. Cook time will vary slightly whether you have propane grill, gas grill or charcoal grill and just your grill. Grills vary just like ovens vary from their age to the brand name.

Also if your grill is situated in a windy location, it will have lower temperature inside resulting in longer grilling chicken breast time.

Here is a grilling time chart for your quick reference.

Chicken breast thicknessWeightGrilling time
Under 2 inches6-8 ounces each6-8 minutes
2 inches8-10 ounces each8-10 minutes
Over 2 inches10 ounces or more10-12 minutes

When using the methods outline in this post, your chicken breast cooked on the grill should not turn out dry!

Tips for Juicy Grilled Chicken Breast

Here are my top tips for the most perfect boneless grilled chicken breast recipe every time!

  • For best results, preheat your grill for 10-15 minutes so that it reaches an optimal heat of 450-500 degrees F. At this temperature, it should only take 8-10 minutes to grill your meat.
  • Be sure to grill chicken covered and flip your meat halfway through cooking, so that it cooks evenly.
  • Do not grill chicken too long otherwise it will turn out dry. When chicken reaches internal temperature of 165 degrees F, it is done.
  • Immediately after you take it off the grill, cover and let grilled chicken rest. This allows juices to sink back into the chicken.
  • Instead of pouding the chicken, you can slice it in half lengthwise. But do not skip either because thinner ends will dry out by the time the center is cooked.
  • Buy quality chicken. Sometimes chicken is chewy and tough just because it’s not a good brand of chicken. I like air chilled fresh chicken breasts. Sometimes organic are great and sometimes even they are chewy. It depends.
Grilled chicken breast served with lettuce salad on a plate with a fork.

What to Serve with Grilled Chicken Breast?

This grilled chicken breast can be served in multiple ways for dinnertime. It’s one of the most basic and versatile healthy grill recipes.

More FAQs

How long should you marinate chicken breast?

I recommend to marinate chicken breast for grilling anywhere from 30 minutes to up to 24 hours. If you marinate chicken over 24 hours, acid in the lemon juice in the chicken marinade will continue fibers to break down resulting in mushy grilled chicken breast.

How to grill chicken breast without drying it out?

Do not overcook it, follow our recommended grilling time chart above and remove when a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of chicken breasts registers internal temperature of 165 F. Also grill chicken breast with the lid closed.

Can I use this grilled chicken breast recipe for other cuts of chicken?

Yes, you can use boneless skinless chicken thighs with this grilled chicken breast recipe. For bone-in chicken thighs or chicken drumsticks, check out this grilled chicken thighs recipe.

Can you grill frozen chicken breast?

It is possible to grill frozen chicken breast but it is tricky. Thinner parts of chicken breast will be cooked sooner than thicker ones. Instead I recommend to quickly thaw chicken breasts in a bowl with ice cold water changing water every 30 minutes.

Can you grill chicken breast on the stovetop?

Yes you can make grilled chicken breast on the stove top by using this grill pan. Cook chicken breast on medium-high heat and make sure to preheat the grill pan well. Cook time remains the same but watch the heat and remember to check for internal temperature.

Storing and Reheating

Store: Refrigerate grilled chicken breast leftovers whole and unsliced in an airtight container. Chicken breast dries out fast, so tight container is key.

Reheat: I recommend to reheat previously cooked chicken breasts in a microwave. Or if you have an air fryer, here is a quick tutorial how to reheat chicken breast in air fryer.

If you place grilled chicken in the oven to reheat, it will dry out. Or try cold cooked chicken and it might be your new favorite!

Freezer Friendly Tips

Freeze whole, completely cooled grilled chicken breasts in an airtight container or freezer bag, let out as much air as possible and freeze for up to 3 months.

Freeze chicken flat in a bag to avoid stuck together chicken pieces.

When ready to eat, you don’t even have to thaw frozen cooked chicken breasts too long. Just place frozen grilled chicken breast in the lunchbox in the morning and by lunchtime it will be perfect room temperature chicken. As good as freshly grilled.

More Grilled Chicken Recipes to Try

Or pick from any of these chicken marinades and never run out of ideas! Browse all my grill recipes for more summertime dining.

Grilled chicken breasts garnished with parsley and served on a plate.
Grilled chicken breasts garnished with parsley and served on a plate.

Easy Juicy Grilled Chicken Breast

Tender, juicy Grilled Chicken Breast recipe with 30 minute marinade. Learn how to grill chicken breast perfectly every time!
5 from 11 votes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 240
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes



  • Place chicken breasts in a Ziploc bag, lay flat on a cutting board and pound lightly on the thickest part with a meat mallet or rolling pin until even thickness.
  • Stand bag upright and add lemon zest and juice, olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Let out air, seal the bag and swoosh chicken breasts gently around to coat. Lay flat and marinate for 30 minutes to up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat grill on medium-high (450-500 degrees F) and rub with oiled paper towel. Place chicken on the grill, close the lid and grill for 8-10 minutes turning once. Do not overcook.
  • Remove chicken breasts from the grill, cover with foil and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve with a side of grain and salad, use in salads or perfect for a meal prep.



Recipe originally posted in 2018. We have improved the recipe and photos, hence video will show an older version of the recipe.
  • Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • For reheating: I recommend only microwave or air fryer. If you place grilled chicken breast in the oven to reheat, it will dry out. Or try it cold!
  • Citrus: Lime juice will work instead of lemon.
  • Other herbs: Dried rosemary or dried basil would be good too.
  • Leftover marinade: Always discard chicken marinade.


Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 467mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.2g
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: North American
Author: Olena Osipov
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  1. 5 stars
    Hi Olena, love your recipes, thanks for sharing. Just wondering what the veggie mix or salad is next to the chicken? Is there a recipe for that?

  2. 5 stars
    Made this last night and it turned out great! Chicken tender and juicy…great flavor. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    I made these for dinner last week to go with twice baked spinach stuffed potatoes. They were great and everyone liked them enough that I am making them again this week. I was not able to grill them but I made them in my skillet and they turned out pretty good regardless.

  4. 5 stars
    I’m on a high protein, no starch, grain, or dairy diet. It’s hard finding recipes. I cooked your chicken tonight along with your mashed cauliflower. Both were delicious. We couldn’t believe how much the cauliflower tasted like mashed potatoes. Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    I’d never grilled chicken myself on the grill. This recipe is exactly what I was looking for! Delicious and simple! Your philosophy about getting it done in the easiest and fastest way is what I wanted. I will be returning for more recipes. Thinking about that instant pot beef stew. Thank you! 🙂

    1. Yay! Right?! Why marinate with so many spices and steps for hours…that’s when I stop cooking. Simple and easy. Yes, let me know how you like that pretty please!

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