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This grilled marinated chicken breast is the perfect weeknight dinner! It’s juicy, flavorful, and so easy to make. It goes with everything, and even the pickiest of easters will enjoy it.

marinated grilled chicken breast sliced on a plate

Grilled Chicken Breast

Grilled chicken is an easy go-to for dinner, and for good reason! It’s healthy, it’s simple, and it goes with everything. This marinated chicken breast recipe is extra tasty, using garlic and herbs to infuse flavor in just a couple of hours.

This main dish can be served up with any of your favorite sides for a quick meal. It can also be made ahead of time for simple meal prep. Use whichever herbs you like (rosemary, thyme, parsley, etc.), grill it up, and you’ll have juicy chicken every time!

Why You’ll Love this Marinated Chicken Breast Recipe:

  • SIMPLE: All you need is a handful of ingredients, a little bit of marinating time, and about 10 minutes to cook.
  • FLAVORFUL: A marinade made of garlic, red wine, and various herbs adds so much flavor right into the chicken, so that it cooks to perfection.
  • VERSATILE: This dish can be paired with anything you like! Keep it light and simple for lunch, or add your favorite sides for a full dinner.

This marinated grilled chicken breast is truly fool-proof! Just set it in the fridge to marinate before work, then come home and cook so it’s ready to serve.

a plate of garlic herb grilled chicken breast

close up on sliced chicken breast that has been marinated and grilled

How to Make Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

  1. Prep chicken as desired, and thin or even out if needed.
  2. Combine marinade ingredients, and pour into a resealable bag.
  3. Place the chicken in the bag, seal, and refrigerate for 2-8 hours.
  4. When ready to grill, fire it up, place the chicken on the grill, and cook until it reaches 160F.
marinating chicken breast in a resealable plastic bag
How do I grill chicken breasts without drying them out?

The key to juicy grilled chicken is high heat. This cooks the chicken quickly without drying out the inside. Plus the marinating time helps a lot.

Can I grill chicken thighs instead of breasts?

Yes, you can! Use boneless, skinless thighs, and keep in mind that they may take a few extra minutes to cook.

Should I pound chicken breasts before grilling them?

That’s up to personal preference. I recommend it because pounded chicken breasts will cook more evenly.

What temperature should my grill be to cook grilled chicken breasts?

Your grill should be 450-500°F.

How do I prevent chicken breasts from sticking to the grill?

To prevent chicken breasts from sticking to the grill, spray your grill grates with nonstick spray.

Can I make grilled chicken breasts on the stovetop?

Yes, if you have a grill pan, you can make grilled chicken on the stovetop. Heat your grill pan over medium-high heat, then sear the chicken for 5-8 minutes per side, or until 165°F internally.

Serving Suggestions

This grilled marinated chicken breast goes with absolutely everything! Serve it up with potatoes, veggies, rice, greens, or anything you like.

One of my favorite things about this recipe is how well it pairs with all my other favorite dishes. It’s an easy main for any time!

close up on grilled chicken breasts
garlic herb marinated chicken breast

Make Ahead Instructions

You can make marinated grilled chicken breasts up to 1 day in advance of when you plan to serve them. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to reheat.

Storage Instructions

Store leftover marinated grilled chicken breasts in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat on the grill or in a 300°F oven for 8-10 minutes, until 165°F internally.

Freezing Instructions

Freeze marinated grilled chicken breasts in an airtight container or Ziplock bag for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Make It A Meal

Tips for the Best Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast

  • Allow the chicken to marinate for 2-8 hours. Any longer and the chicken may become mushy.
  • Note that all grills are different, so cooking times are approximate. I recommend having an instant-read thermometer on hand for the best results.
  • Your chicken breasts will continue to cook for a few minutes after you take them off the grill, so you can remove them when they reach 160°F internally.
  • Let the chicken rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting into it. This will seal in the juices.
  • Slice grilled chicken against the grain. This keeps the meat tender.
a plate of marinated grilled chicken breast

This grilled marinated chicken breast recipe is truly so easy, you’ll want to keep making it week after week! Everyone at the table will love it, no matter what you serve it with. Try out different herbs in the marinade and enjoy!

If you make this recipe be sure to upload a photo in the comment section below or leave a rating. Enjoy!



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