Grilled Lemon Rosemary Chicken

You ever plan out your meals, know exactly what you are going to make and then you see something and scrap all your prior dinner plans for something totally different? That’s what I had to face this week. See, I had every intention of making one recipe, already did most of the prep work for it, had plans to head out to the store to pick up the one missing ingredient I needed and then I turned on my DVR for a spell. Big mistake.

I’m starting to learn that Jamie Deen’s new show is bad to watch before I make a recipe because Jamie made a grilled lemon rosemary chicken and, well, you can guess where this went. I already had all of the ingredients in the pantry and fridge for this particular recipe. I knew I had to go to Whole Paychex for that other ingredient for that other recipe and, well, why not try Jamie’s right?  I could curl up for the evening, watch a little Merlin (shush – don’t judge!) and the other recipe could be prepared the next day.  

This recipe came together in a flash. I used chicken breasts instead of tenders so they took a bit longer to grill (and you know me with meat thermometers – I used two and neither agreed with the other.) This recipe could also be easily baked and, served over some couscous flavored with a squeeze of lemon, and you have yourself a super quick dinner that is full of lemony flavor. Any leftovers are great in a chicken salad the next day – not that I would ever know anything about that. *whistles*

Seriously, next time you are pondering what’s for dinner and not sure what to prepare, grab some chicken, rosemary and some lemon and get to grilling!

Grilled Lemon Rosemary Chicken
  • Zest and juice of two lemons
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary, minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Canola oil for greasing the grill
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, zest, olive oil, Dijon mustard, rosemary and garlic. Season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  2. In a plastic bag, add the chicken breasts and the marinade. Seal the bag and make sure the chicken breasts are fully coated.
  3. Place in the refrigerator to marinate for about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove from the refrigerator, let come to room temperature.
  5. While the chicken is coming to room temperature, preheat your grill.
  6. Lightly grease the grill with a bit of canola oil.
  7. Add the chicken and grill for about 5 to 7 minutes. After that, flip the chicken and grill on the other side until it is cooked through.
  8. Enjoy!
Recipe slightly adapted from Jamie Deen

Gather the Ingredients

Griled Lemon Rosemary Chicken - Ingredients

Whisk in the olive oil

Griled Lemon Rosemary Chicken - Marinade

Time to marinate!

Griled Lemon Rosemary Chicken - Marination

The best lemon rosemary chicken I have ever had!

Griled Lemon Rosemary Chicken

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  1. Moe says

    Aly, as usual the pic’s are great as is your step by step directions. I think I will try this tonight I have all the ingredients just have to snip some Rosemary from the herb kitchen garden.

    • says

      Thanks Moe! My herb kitchen garden decided to run for the hills. I might have to try that again :) Container Gardening and I failed again this year.

      • Moe says

        Put herb plants in pots on deck, porch etc. I have also use a strawberry planter and put several herbs in it …………………really worked well.

  2. says

    Um…so you have made me change my dinner plans…lol…I have rosemary in my garden and I’m just gonna have to do lemon juice since I don’t have any lemons…already have chicken thawing in the microwave..thanks for the recipe. didn’t have rosemary in the recipe or directions..but I saw it in the pics. BTW…I love the new layout! I miss your girl in stilettos though, but the new look is great! :)
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    • says

      Thank god you noticed that Jess! Note to self: do not type up recipes at 11pm *LOL* All is edited. It is really really good. You will be happy you changed the dinner plans, pinky swear.

      Girl in Stilettos will be coming back – I just have to do a little designing action :)

  3. Rhonda says

    This one! The recipe looked quick and easy and I had all the ingredients in the house already. So delicious – we will definitely make again.

  4. Moe says

    Aly: Invited a friend over for dinner last night and decided to do you Grilled Lemon Rosemary Chicken it came out great everyone enjoyed it. But, instead of firing up the grill which I believe is probably running on fumes. I grilled the chicken in my Panini Machine, kept the top of the machine up so that my chicken was not pressed to death. Panini machine worked perfectly I also did a quick steak salad; mini sirloin steak done to perfection (medium rare) served with arugula and roasted peppers.

  5. Cristin Cogen says

    I’ve been looking for a new chicken recipe and landed on your blog! This looks delicious, can’t wait to try it!
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