This simple 3-ingredient zesty lemon chicken marinade yields perfectly juicy and flavorful grilled chicken every time. Serve it for dinner or use it for sandwiches, wraps, salads, and more!Jump to Recipe
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Want to know the secret to an easy, delicious, and super juicy grilled chicken that’s so versatile you can use it in anything? All it takes is 3 simple ingredients – vegetable oil, lemon juice, and salt – and the proper grilling technique. Try our zesty lemon chicken marinade and see for yourself how easy it is to make flavorful grilled chicken at home!
Zesty Lemon Chicken Marinade Ingredients
The best chicken marinade is sometimes the simplest – that’s why we love this 3 ingredient zesty lemon chicken marinade! All you need to make it is:
- Vegetable oil
- Lemon juice
For the best flavor, we recommend using freshly squeezed lemon juice. But if you’re looking for quick convenience, you can totally just use the stuff from the bottle! No judgment here – we often turn to the bottled lemon and lime juice when we forget to pick up fresh citrus from the store.
How To Make The Best Zesty Chicken Marinade
The 3 main components to a good marinade are fat, acid, and salt. Which is why this simple chicken marinade for grilling just uses vegetable oil (fat), lemon juice (acid), and salt! It’s seriously that easy to get delicious flavor out of your meat – and this golden rule is the secret to achieving juicy chicken every single time.
To make this quick chicken marinade, simply combine the ingredients in a bowl with chicken breast and let it marinate at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes.
How To Grill Zesty Lemon Chicken
We recommend grilling this lemon marinated chicken for the best flavor. Preheat the grill (or a cast iron grill pan) to medium-high, then cook the chicken for about 12 to 15 minutes, flipping every 3 minutes. This method ensures an even cook and results in perfectly juicy chicken every time!
To make sure you’ve fully cooked the chicken and avoid over-cooking it (which will make it taste dry), we recommend having a digital meat thermometer handy. You can check the internal temperature of the chicken towards the end of cooking to make sure you take it off the grill just as it’s cooked through.
Storing & Reheating Zesty Lemon Chicken
Let the chicken cool before storing it in an air-tight container in the fridge. It will keep for up to 5 days. You can either store it whole, or slice the chicken into bite-size pieces before putting it away so it’s already prepped for sandwiches, wraps, burrito bowls, and more!
To reheat, warm through in a frying pan over medium heat for about 7 to 8 minutes.
Zesty Lemon Marinated Chicken Serving Suggestions
This chicken is perfect for your weekly meal prep since it’s so quick, easy, and versatile. Make a big batch and use it for:
- Sandwiches and wraps
- Salads (like our Panera-inspired southwest salad!)
- Rice bowls
Since this grilled chicken has a fairly simple flavor profile, you can easily dress it up any which way you like. We love putting it on a sandwich with goat cheese, calabrian chili and tomato spread, and fresh arugula. Mmm 🙂
Zesty lemon chicken also makes a great dinner served with rice, hummus, and vegetables! Or with a side of roasted potatoes and parmesan green beans or summer squash & tomatoes. You really can’t go wrong with this quick and easy chicken marinade.
Try our zesty lemon chicken marinade recipe and let us know what you think in the comments. Don’t forget to rate and share if you love it!
Love this recipe? You may enjoy these recipes, too:
- Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken
- Grilled Chicken Sliders
- Healthy Avocado Cilantro Lime Chicken
- Mediterranean Chicken & Rice
Zesty Lemon Chicken Marinade
- Cast iron grill pan optional
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1 tsp salt
- 1½ lbs chicken breast trimmed
- Combine vegetable oil, lemon juice, salt, and chicken in a bowl and stir to coat the chicken evenly.
- Marinate at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Finally, grill chicken using your preferred method. We like to make grilled chicken on our cast iron grill pan – cook it over medium-high heat for about 12 to 15 minutes, flipping every 3 minutes, until done.
- Let rest for 2 to 3 minutes before serving immediately. Otherwise, let cool completely and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.