Lemon Basil Grilled Chicken Recipe

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This is a simple and tasty summer grilled chicken recipe. We usually cook this with legs or thighs, but it goes well with chicken breast too. Consider doubling the recipe as it is even better the next day. We used left overs of this chicken to make the chicken noodle soup I posted recently.

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Servings: 4


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  1. Preheat grill to medium.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients except chicken and stir vigorously.
  3. Put chicken pieces in a shallow dish or ziplock bag and pour contents of bowl over chicken. Marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour or more.
  4. Grill chicken over direct or indirect heat, turning frequently to avoid burning if cooking over direct heat. Baste frequently with the marinade remaining in the bag or bowl.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 143g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 330  
Calories from Fat 226 68%
Total Fat 25.25g 32%
Saturated Fat 6.57g 26%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 139mg 6%
Potassium 250mg 7%
Total Carbs 1.93g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0%
Sugars 0.42g 0%
Protein 23.13g 37%
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  • Nancy Miyasaki
    This was a simple and delicious grilled chicken recipe. Our kids loved it and so did we!
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
    • Patricia Turo
      Like lemon brings out the flavor of fruits it does the same thing for chicken. This sounds great.

      • Pattie Meegan
        Since both lemon and basil are favorites here, this looks wonderful- very fresh flavors!

        • jessica warner
          Easy, delish dish! Lemon and basil are a wonderful combination and keep the chicken moist when marinating.
          I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
          • Awsome recipe, though I admit I mucked with it a little. I ran out of lemon juice (had to double the recipe and only had 1/4 c) so to make up the missing, I actually added a fruit wine (is that redundant?)... Exotic Fruit White Zin. Everyone complained that I didn't make enough of the dish!!! I did make Fettucini, then, once the chicken was done, I glazed the pan with a splash more of wine and the rest of the marinade (made sure to scrape the bottom of the pan) then threw the pasta in to fry/coat it. Oh YUM.
            I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
            This is a variation
            • I didn't have fresh basil on hand, so I used dried. I also used garlic powder instead of cloves. It was so good that even my very picky 3-year-old son ate it!
              I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
              This is a variation


              • ShaleeDP
                July 21, 2015
                I am going to try this. It sounds good and looks good too. Thanks for this recipe John.
                • John Jenkins
                  August 20, 2010
                  I made it last night for my family. I added a little Agave syrup (could have sugar instead) to the marinade. It helps to brown the chicken nicely. Also, marinated for only about 30 minutes. Longer in lemon juice tends to "cook" the chicken prematurely.
                  • kathy gori
                    August 18, 2010
                    Lemon and basil, an unbeatable combo.

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