The Memorial weekend marks the official start of summer. And, what better way to celebrate than pulling out the grill and preparing this delectable Simple Lemon Grilled Chicken recipe?
Grilled chicken is always a crowd pleaser and one of my favorite dishes and, I have to tell you, this grilled chicken recipe is my new all-time favorite. I predict after just one taste of this juicy, tender Simple Lemon Grilled Chicken with hints of zesty garlic and earthy rosemary, you will be smitten too!
My husband is the master griller in our house, and I like nothing better than sitting back and letting him work his magic. There is a little preparation involved in getting the chicken ready to grill, but once that’s done, you can settle back and let the grill do all the heavy lifting.
What goes well with grilled chicken?
My favorite side dish to pair with this grilled chicken is Southern Potato Salad, but my latest recipe for Pearl Couscous with Preserved Lemon would also be great, and Easy Southern Corn Salad or Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes would also be good choices. Need more ideas, check out all of my side dish recipes here.
How do you cook grilled chicken?
I prefer a charcoal grill for this recipe because I love the smokey taste that you can only get with charcoal. However, you can use a gas grill too, set on low. If you are using a charcoal fire, it’s best to make the fire on one side of the grill and then cook the chicken on the other side. It takes about 30 minutes for the chicken to cook, and by cooking it slowly, it ensures that it is cooked all the way through without burning on the outside.
What seasoning should I use?
This is a simple grilled chicken recipe and I only used kosher salt and lemon pepper to season the chicken. Then the chicken is placed in the marinade.
How long do you marinate the chicken?
The secret to this unbelievably delicious chicken is an easy grilled chicken marinade made with olive oil, garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice. The chicken does need to marinate for at least four hours but can go for up to 24 hours, so you can take care of this step ahead and not have to fuss with it when it comes time to grill. I confess that several times I have only marinated the chicken for 30 minutes and it still was delicious. However, for the maximum flavor, I recommend a minimum of four hours!…