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Horizontal image of a white plate with sliced and marinated grilled chicken with fresh asparagus and white rice.

Grilled Chicken with Lemon and Thyme

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Total Time: 8 hours, 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Embrace the fresh flavors of citrus and herbs with easy grilled lemon thyme chicken. Simple ingredients infuse the poultry with flavor.


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 4 pounds)
  • Zest of 1 lemon (1-2 teaspoons)
  • Juice of 1 lemon (2-3 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme


  1. Place chicken in a gallon size zip-top bag. Add lemon zest, juice, olive oil, garlic, mustard, and thyme to the bag.
  2. Close the top and shake to dispense all ingredients evenly and coat the poultry.  
  3. Refrigerate overnight, or for up to 24 hours.
  4. When ready to cook, preheat grill. Place chicken on the grill and cook for about 5 minutes per side, until a meat thermometer registers 165˚F and the chicken no longer pink inside.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Main Course

Keywords: Grilling recipes, barbecue, chicken, lemon, thyme, marinade