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Easy Summer Chicken Recipe: Lemon Herb Grilled Chicken

It was a warm Saturday evening in July, the kind of evening that begged for good food, great company, and a refreshing breeze. I had decided to host a small get-together with some of my closest friends. After a busy week, it was the perfect time to unwind and enjoy the simplicity of summer.

As the sun began to set, casting a golden hue across the sky, I started preparing the highlight of the evening: Lemon Herb Grilled Chicken. The recipe was one I had recently discovered, and I was excited to share it with my friends. The combination of fresh herbs and zesty lemon promised a light and flavorful meal, perfect for a summer night.

In my kitchen, the aroma of freshly chopped rosemary and thyme mingled with the sharp scent of lemon juice and garlic. I mixed the marinade, watching as the olive oil and lemon juice emulsified, creating a fragrant blend. I poured the marinade over the chicken breasts, ensuring each piece was well-coated, and then set them aside to marinate.

With the chicken resting, I turned my attention to setting up the backyard. I arranged a few comfortable chairs and a picnic table under the shade of the large oak tree. I strung some fairy lights around the branches, their soft glow adding a magical touch to the evening ambiance. A few citronella candles were strategically placed to keep the mosquitoes at bay.

Soon, my friends started to arrive, each bringing a dish or drink to share. The backyard buzzed with laughter and conversation as we caught up on each other’s lives. There was an assortment of colorful salads, fresh fruit, and chilled beverages laid out on the table, each dish adding to the festive summer vibe.

It was time to fire up the grill. The coals glowed red and hot, ready to transform the marinated chicken into something spectacular. As the chicken sizzled on the grill, the tantalizing aroma filled the air, drawing everyone’s attention. The grill marks formed beautifully on each piece, and I knew this dish was going to be a hit.

When the chicken was done, I garnished it with fresh lemon slices and sprigs of rosemary. The golden brown chicken breasts looked irresistible. I served the chicken with a side of fresh salad and grilled vegetables, completing the meal.

We gathered around the table, the soft hum of the fairy lights above us, and dug into the meal. The first bite of the Lemon Herb Grilled Chicken was met with a chorus of approval. The flavors were just as I had hoped – the tangy lemon and savory herbs perfectly complemented the juicy chicken. It was light, refreshing, and exactly what we needed on this warm summer evening.

As the night went on, we shared stories, laughed until our sides hurt, and enjoyed each other’s company. The Lemon Herb Grilled Chicken became the star of the evening, a dish that brought us all together and made the night memorable.

As the last of the dishes were cleared and the candles burned low, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of contentment. Hosting friends, sharing good food, and creating memories in the warm embrace of summer – it was a perfect evening, one that I would cherish for a long time.

Lemon Herb Grilled Chicken

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy light and refreshing meals. This Lemon Herb Grilled Chicken is easy to make, bursting with flavor, and perfect for a summer barbecue or a simple family dinner. Follow this recipe for a delicious and healthy meal that will impress your friends and family.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 4
Calories 330 kcal


  • small bowl
  • whisk
  • large resealable plastic bag or shallow dish
  • grill
  • tongs
  • meat thermometer


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • lemon slices and fresh herbs for garnish


Step 1: Prepare the Marinade

  • In a small bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, chopped rosemary, chopped thyme, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to combine.

Step 2: Marinate the Chicken

  • Place the chicken breasts in a large resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish.
  • Pour the marinade over the chicken, ensuring each piece is well-coated.
  • Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, up to 2 hours for more flavor.

Step 3: Preheat the Grill

  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (about 375-400°F or 190-200°C).

Step 4: Grill the Chicken

  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard any remaining marinade.
  • Place the chicken breasts on the preheated grill.
  • Grill for 6-7 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) and the chicken is no longer pink in the center.

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy

  • Remove the chicken from the grill and let it rest for a few minutes.
  • Garnish with lemon slices and fresh herbs if desired.
  • Serve with your favorite summer sides such as a fresh salad, grilled vegetables, or corn on the cob.


Tips for Success

  • Marinating Time: The longer you marinate the chicken, the more flavorful it will be. Aim for at least 30 minutes, but up to 2 hours is ideal.
  • Grill Marks: For beautiful grill marks, avoid moving the chicken around too much on the grill. Let it cook on one side before flipping.
  • Internal Temperature: Always check the internal temperature of the chicken to ensure it's fully cooked. The safe internal temperature for chicken is 165°F (74°C).
Keyword barbecue recipe, Easy dinner, Grilled chicken, healthy meal, Lemon herb chicken, Summer recipe