Simple Rosemary Lemon Marinade and Grilled Chicken

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Simple Rosemary Lemon Marinade and Grilled Chicken



Simple Rosemary Lemon Marinade and Grilled Chicken

Welcome to TSRI’s Summer Grilling Celebration!  We are so excited about summer and the thought of charcoal and barbeque grills, caramelized grill marks on meat, fruit and veggies!!!  Our home has had lingering smells of barbeque in the air and an empty menu planner filled with nothing but possibilities!  Until now.  We have been developing and testing the most scrumptious recipes.  We are going to be sharing some of our favorite grilling and summer treats in the coming weeks.  We will be enjoying TSRI’s Grilling Summer Celebration until June 18th when we will begin our one year anniversary celebration with another amazing giveaway.  Make sure you keep checking back. 

This week you will find a fabulous regional burger.  We will also feature a mouthwatering side that I cooked up to serve with the burger. Of course, what week at The Slow Roasted Italian would be complete without a cocktail to knock your socks off?  Well no week of course!  This weeks will be no different.  Friday we will feature a summer pie that you will trip over yourself trying to lick your screen once you see it.  But, today….

Today we bring you the family favorite.  Not your usual grilled chicken. I am not kidding when I tell you that I have made this recipe 6 times already and have never been able to get a shot of it.  By the time the chicken came off the grill we could not control ourselves.  We would dive right in.   This recipe is perfect just the way it is.  With one possible and I mean possible change.  Chad loves this marinade so much that would like me to double the recipe so he can have it as a dipping sauce too.  Well, if that is a critique, bring it on.  This recipe is a member of the clean plate club!!

Enjoy, I know you will!

With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 

plate of Simple Rosemary Lemon Marinade and Grilled Chicken with potatoes

Simple Rosemary Lemon Marinade and Grilled Chicken

Donna Elick
Simple Rosemary Lemon Marinade and Grilled Chicken
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Inactive Time 1 day 6 hours
Total Time 1 day 6 hours 21 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Grill
Servings 6


  • 4-5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, washed and trimmed
  • 1/2 cup fresh rosemary
  • 2 large lemons, zested and juiced, about 2 tablespoons zest and ½ cup juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, extra virgin
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • Add rosemary, lemon juice and zest, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper to your food processor. I have a mini food processor that works great for this (ok it is a magic bullet and I love this thing for these little jobs). Process until smooth. Marinade makes approximately 1 cup.
  • Place chicken in a 1 gallon resealable bag, add ¾ cup marinade and seal bag. Rub the chicken with the marinade to make sure it covering all the chicken. Place the chicken in the refrigerator overnight (I have made this recipe and marinated for as little as 30 minutes and as long as 2 days. Overnight is just perfect). Turn the chicken occasionally.
  • Prepare the barbecue for medium-high heat or preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat (I personally like to use a table top grill). Remove chicken from the marinade. Discard the marinade. Grill the chicken until just cooked through, about 8 minutes per side. After turning the chicken, use the remaining 1/4 cup of marinade to baste the cooked chicken. Transfer the chicken to serving plates. Serve with a wedge of lemon. Enjoy!


Serving: 1 | Calories: 441cal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 65g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 194mg | Sodium: 1128mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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  1. Yum, this sounds delicious – I do something similar in the oven but haven't' tried it on the girl. Your's looks wonderful.

  2. I bet this is so good, and love the "extra sauce for dipping" idea. Can't wait for more grilled recipes. Can't wait to grill more chicken myself! Have a terrific week.

  3. This sounds amazing! I've made roasted chicken before with a lemon garlic rosemary rub (not processed though) and it was delicious so I can't wait to try this on grilled chicken — think I'll use chicken thighs!

    1. I am sure it will be amazing on chicken thighs! All that extra flavor. Let me know your thoughts when you make it!

  4. Another fabulous recipe fit for a festive occasion. I would love to serve this for my in laws this weekend. I am sure hubby will be proud of me. =) And my folks will love this, I bet!

    1. I am excited to hear back. Let me know how it goes for you! We sure love it! Potatoes and green beans are our favorite side dishes with this. Have a fantastic weekend with your in-laws!

  5. I'm confused, looking at the photos it looks like there should be another ingredient that makes it so white, am I missing something?

    1. Breigh, the olive oil forms an emulsion. It is actually more of a green tint though from the rosemary, you can see the actual color in the measuring cup picture.

      Hope that helps! Thanks for commenting, Donna

    2. Oh great, thanks! I keep looking at the photos and thinking "I'm sure I see a pile of white stuff in there at the back!" haha I can't wait to try this!

  6. Looks magical! I just got my wisdom teeth removed and can't wait to eat real food like this! And thanks for the cocktail book… so excited I won 🙂

  7. i am doing this now with bone in split breasts and thighs and have the bag in fridge overnight..question 4u about baking temp to avoid drying out … suggestions?? i will serve with pumpkin mash and risotto

    1. Absolutely, I have made it many times without blending it and it is awesome! Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

  8. I made this three times and each time it was wonderful. This last time I didn't realize I was a lemon short until I started cooking so I did half and half lemon and orange juice and zest and it was (dare I say?) even better. Both fruits were easily noticeable and the oranges even made the chicken a little less tart. Not sure which way I'll make it next time 🙊

  9. Made this 4 times already and each time it was amazing. This last time I made it with half orange zest/juice because I didn't realize I didn't have enough lemons until after I started cooking. I'm not sure which way I like better! The lemon is delicous but the orange makes it just a little less sour. Both fruit flavors are easily distinguishable and neither one is overpowering.

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