The Ultimate Grilled Chicken Recipe: Juicy and Flavorful

Why This Recipe Rocks

  • Versatile: Use grilled chicken in salads, main courses, and more.
  • Fail-Proof: Easy tips ensure tender and flavorful chicken every time.
  • Simple and Delicious: A few key steps guarantee juicy, well-seasoned chicken.


  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • Chicken marinade (olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, herbs, spices)

Topping Ideas

  • Feta or goat cheese
  • Fresh herbs (parsley, cilantro, basil)
  • Creamy Greek yogurt pesto
  • Avocado salsa

  • Honey mustard sauce


  1. Pound the Chicken: Flatten the chicken breasts for even cooking.
  2. Poke Holes:

    Pierce the chicken with a fork to enhance marinade absorption.
  3. Marinate: Combine the chicken and marinade in a ziplock bag. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 12 hours.
  4. Grill: Heat the grill to 475°F. Grill the chicken for 8-13 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  5. Let Rest: Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes before serving.

Recipe Variations

  • Lemon Grilled Chicken: Add lemon zest to the marinade.
  • Italian Grilled Chicken: Season with Italian seasoning.
  • BBQ Grilled Chicken: Brine the chicken with salt, then brush with BBQ sauce.
  • Buffalo Grilled Chicken: Brush with Buffalo sauce.
  • Teriyaki Grilled Chicken: Marinate in a mixture of soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, and sesame oil.

  • Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken: Use lime juice in the marinade and finish with cilantro.

Tips for Avoiding Dry Chicken

  • Marinate: Marinades tenderize the chicken and keep it moist.
  • Pound:

    Pounding ensures even cooking and prevents the ends from drying out.
  • Poke: Poking holes helps the marinade absorb more quickly.
  • Temp It: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Rest: Resting allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in juicier chicken.

Storage and Meal Prep

  • Storage: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • Reheating: Warm leftovers in a skillet or microwave.

  • Freezing: Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight before reheating.
  • Meal Prep: Marinate chicken up to 12 hours in advance. Grilled chicken is easy to freeze and use in various meals.


Hi! I’m Debbi!

I am no chef, I am just a mom who loves to eat good food. I enjoy making healthy, low calorie meals without compromising taste. It’s not all healthy here but I do try!


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