Best Ever Grilled Chicken [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 12 reviews

Grilled Chicken is marinated chicken, browned and charred to perfection. In this recipe, learn how to grill perfectly moist and tasty chicken breasts!

For a well-balanced meal, this is best served with salads and pasta dishes such as the arugula strawberry salad and garlic shrimp pasta. Finish your meal with something cool for the summer like the avocado lime smoothie or grape salad.

Photo of grilled chicken breasts.

The Best Grilled Chicken Recipe

Grilled chicken is a versatile dish that can be the foundation of many other dishes like the taco fries and fire-grilled chicken and hash brown chicken jalapeno casserole recipes that we have had in the past. Hence, it is almost a requirement for home cooks to learn how to properly grill it.

Grilling the meat is probably one of the best and easiest way to prepare it. It always results in a perfectly cooked, tender and juicy meal. With summer around the corner, this is our favorite way to cook the chicken. All you need is the chicken breast, some herbs, and spices, and some time to marinate before grilling. 

Is grilled chicken healthy?

This dish is a healthy choice for all your outdoor parties this summer. It is a good source of protein and we are using the leanest part of the chicken which is the breasts. Also, grilling helps seal in the flavors and nutrients of the meat and in the process, fats come off.

Lastly, we are using a homemade marinade for this one, which is a lot healthier than what you can find in your grocery stores.

Image of grilled chicken breasts with lemon and chopped parsley.

How to make grilled chicken?

  • The first step is to prepare the marinade. In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, chopped fresh parsley, minced onion, minced garlic, dried basil, dried oregano, Italian herbs, red pepper flakes, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  • Let the poultry marinate for at least 30 minutes up to 4 hours before grilling. While waiting, you can prepare your other dishes. Pre-heat the grill to medium-high heat. It is okay if you don’t use the grill, you can always rely on the good old cast-iron grill pan over medium-high heat also. Just ensure to brush it with olive oil.
  • Then, grill the chicken for about 7 to 8 minutes per side. Once cooked, let the meat rest for 3 to 5 minutes before slicing. That’s it!

What temperature should grilled chicken be?

The internal temperature must read at least 165 °F for safety as recommended by the US Department of Agriculture.

How to marinate grilled chicken?

Pierce the poultry with a fork for about two times before placing it in the marinade. This ensures that the flavors penetrate the meat.

How to season grilled chicken?

You can skip the waiting time of marinating the meat by directly seasoning the chicken. Just combine a mixture of your favorite spices and coat it. This coating may include salt, pepper, dried basil, dried oregano, Italian herbs, garlic powder, onion powder, and sugar.

Notice that the ingredients have flavors similar to our marinade? You can also make your own version depending on your preference. Just remember to put oil on your grill to prevent the meat from sticking.

If you season it this way, the flavors are concentrated only on the outside. Marinating will still give you more flavorful meat overall.

Is grilled chicken keto-friendly? 

It is keto-friendly because it has zero carbohydrates, making it the perfect dish to eat if you are on a Keto diet.

Photo of grilled chicken breasts garnished with chopped parsley.

How many calories in grilled chicken?

One piece of a cooked chicken breast of approximately 172 grams is about 284 calories. This value increases as you add in more ingredients.

How long does grilled chicken last in the fridge?

If marinated, it is best to refrigerate it for up to 2 days. Just remember that the longer you marinate the chicken, the more intense the flavors will be.

If cooked, then store the meat in an airtight container, and refrigerate for 3 to 4 days.

How to reheat grilled chicken?

Brush the meat with olive oil, wrap it in foil, and then, place it in the baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 350 °F, and bake for about 5 minutes until reheated. Alternatively, you could reheat leftovers in the microwave. Simply, heat it up in the microwave for about 2 minutes, or until fully reheated. 

What to do with the leftover?

There are plenty of choices to make with leftover grilled chicken. A few examples are Chicken CarbonaraChicken Parmesan Casserole, and Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole.

Grilled chicken breasts on a white plate photo.

What to serve with it?

You can pair this dish with the following:

How to make grilled chicken in the oven?

You can precook it in the oven at 300 °F for about an hour. The long cooking time will ensure that the meat will be thoroughly cooked. Wrap the meat in aluminum foil prior to baking. Once done, you can transfer it to the grill or cast-iron grill pan for further cooking.

This also ensures that the chicken breasts come out juicy. As it is very lean, its tendency is to dry out. Marinating addresses this concern as well as pre-cooking it in the oven.

Recipe Tips

  • If your chicken has an irregular thickness, you can pound on the thick areas to even it out.
  • Also, if you do not have a thermometer, cut the meat with a knife to check if the juices are clear and not pink and the flesh is opaque. If not, prolong the cooking.
  • You can use dark meat for this. Though thighs and wings could have higher calories in them, they are high in iron and much juicier and tastier than breasts. Therefore, they are both a perfect alternative.

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5 from 12 reviews

Grilled Chicken Recipe

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 chicken breasts
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins




Nutrition information

Calories: 454 Carbohydrates: 4 Protein: 23 Fat: 37 Saturated Fat: 6 Cholesterol: 72 Sodium: 222 Potassium: 259 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 3 Vitamin A: 300 Vitamin C: 7.5 Calcium: 29 Iron: 1.6
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Olivia Douglass

Thanks for this delicious recipe! I just had my husband go refill our propane tank. I love grilled chicken!



I just had grilled chicken last night. I wish I saw this before that because this one looks a lot more appealing than what I made.


Mary Edwards

Definitely making my mouth water. Yum. I love how easy it is to make. Also love the ease!


Amber Myers

Yes, I just love grilled chicken. I need to make this for dinner one night. It's been a while since we've had it and this looks amazing!


Melissa Chapman

You answered any question that could arise when cooking a great marinated chicken. I am sure anyone who loves chicken will like this meal



Yum!! Grilled chicken is definitely one of our go to staples for dinner time. Can't wait to try this recipe out.



chicken is always on repeat for us esp during the summer time- i cant wait to try this out! grilled chicken is always fun to try and use for various things like salads and sandwiches.


robin rue

That does sound mighty tasty. We eat lots of grilled chicken in our house, so I will have to make it your way!!


Alli Smith

We love grilled chicken. It's one of our favorite meals to cook on the grill. And it's my family's favorite way to eat chicken.



Grilling chicken is an everyone go to on the weekend because is taste great and there is so much that can be do with chicken.


Liz Mays

I'm really excited to get back into grilling and this would be a good recipe to start with. Your grilled chicken turned out so well!



I have chicken defrosting in the fridge for a small gathering I'm hosting tomorrow. I am totally trying your grilled chicken recipe now. Can't wait to see what my guests think of it!


Kita Bryant

I'm gong on the grill tomorrow and making my list now this is right on time. I can even make enough for Monday's dinner and do a pasta.



This looks like a super delicious recipe to make! I'm adding this to our recipe rotation!



Grilled chicken is a favorite over here. We haven't started grilling yet though,, but soon we will. Your recipe looks delish!



I can't wait for the warmer weather so we can start grilling again. This looks like a delicious recipe!


Same here! I love a good grilled chicken dinner. It's especially nice with some grilled veggies to go along with it.


robin rue

We eat a lot of grilled chicken over here, so I am excited to make this. Your grilled chicken sounds ah-mazing.



we are huge fans of bbq chicken in the summer time- def going to try your tips out bc you can never go wrong w/ this yummy dinner!



I love making grilled chicken, especially during the summer months to add to salads, and pastas. 


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Grilled chicken is such a staple of healthy eating. I really like the marinade ingredients you have here. It sounds so lemony and fresh.


Terri Steffes

For me grilled chicken has to be spiced correctly with a juicy bite. I cannot stand to have it dry or plain. Your spices are making my hungry.



I do like grilled chicken, especially with a lovely fresh mixed salad. The marinade sounds like a nice combination. I doubt the children and I would have any left over. Yum!!!


Ruth I

We are planning to have grilled chicken this weekend so this is just in time. I need to taste how best this recipe is! Yum!



Thanks for sharing your tips! I am going to have to give your grilled chicken a try! I like to marinate mine for several days. It really gives it an amazing flavor. Your recipe looks yummy!



When chicken is grilled well it is so good. I hate when it is too dry.


Nikka Shae

Wow! This looks so healthy and good! My family would love to have this for dinner tonight!



I love this simple yet flavorful grilled chicken. Great as dinner or next day we can make delicious chicken salad. love your recipe.



Looks super delicious and yummy! I'll have to give this a try!



Grilled chicken with a glass of rosé is a summertime must for me. I like that you do a homemade marinade because it just tastes so much better!


Steven @ The Kitchyn

Perfectly easy and tastes perfectly great! Everyone thinks I’m a genius when I cook this.


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