Grilled chicken is a delicious and versatile dish that’s perfect for summer cookouts, family dinners, or meal prep. This recipe features a flavorful marinade made with a blend of olive oil, soy sauce, citrus juices, and aromatic herbs, resulting in tender and juicy chicken every time. Whether you’re grilling boneless, skinless breasts or other cuts of chicken, this recipe is sure to become a favorite in your household.

Why Make Grilled Chicken

Grilled chicken is not only delicious but also a healthier alternative to fried or sautéed chicken dishes. By marinating the chicken before grilling, you infuse it with flavor and moisture, resulting in a succulent and flavorful protein that pairs well with a variety of side dishes. Whether you’re serving it alongside grilled vegetables, rice, or a fresh salad, grilled chicken is a versatile option that can be enjoyed year-round.


  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2.25 lbs)


  1. Prepare the marinade: In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar, minced garlic, dried thyme, dried marjoram, and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Marinate the chicken: Add the boneless, skinless chicken breasts to the marinade and coat them evenly. Cover the bowl and marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes, up to 2 hours. For bone-in, skin-on, or other cuts of chicken, marinate for 1-12 hours.
  3. Preheat the grill: Preheat your grill to medium heat, or about 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Grill the chicken: Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill it for 5-7 minutes on each side, depending on the size of the chicken breasts, or until an internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Rest the chicken: Remove the grilled chicken from the grill and cover it loosely with aluminum foil. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Serving Suggestions

Serve grilled chicken with your favorite side dishes, such as grilled vegetables, rice, potatoes, or a fresh salad. You can also slice the chicken and use it to top salads, sandwiches, or wraps for a quick and easy meal.

Storage Info

Store any leftover grilled chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. You can also freeze cooked chicken for up to 2-3 months. To reheat, thaw the chicken in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat it in the oven or microwave until warmed through.

Tips and Techniques

  • For extra flavor, you can add additional herbs or spices to the marinade, such as rosemary, oregano, or paprika.
  • Make sure to let the chicken rest after grilling to allow the juices to redistribute, resulting in a more tender and juicy final product.
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure that the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, as recommended by food safety guidelines.

FAQs about Grilled Chicken

Q: Can I use this marinade for other cuts of chicken? A: Yes, you can use this marinade for bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts, thighs, drumsticks, or wings. Adjust the marinating time accordingly for different cuts of chicken.

Q: Can I grill the chicken indoors? A: Yes, you can grill the chicken indoors using a grill pan or an indoor electric grill. Make sure to preheat the grill pan or electric grill before cooking the chicken, and adjust the cooking time as needed.

Q: Can I use a different type of citrus juice instead of lemon juice? A: Yes, you can substitute lime juice or orange juice for the lemon juice in the marinade for a different flavor profile. Adjust the amount of juice to taste.

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