Grilled Lemon-Basil Chicken Recipe
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Grilled Lemon-Basil Chicken Recipe

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Garden-fresh basil is put to good use in this super summer recipe. The chicken turns out moist and tender every time.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Pour 1-1/2 cups into a large resealable plastic bag; add chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight, turning occasionally. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade for basting.
  2. Drain and discard marinade. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 6-8 minutes on each side or a meat thermometer reads 170°, basting occasionally with reserved marinade. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Grilled Lemon-Basil Chicken in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2006, p200

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed May. 27, 2015

"This chicken is outstanding! I cut the recipe in half for my husband and me and substituted 1/4 cup of my homemade pesto for the 1/2 cup basil...amazing flavor! My husband declared it his "new favorite" and I will definitely be making this again!"

Reviewed Jul. 2, 2011

"I will try this. It sounds delicious!!!"

Reviewed Apr. 7, 2010

"I will try it..."

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2009

"I made this just as directed. It was wonderful! Very easy."

Reviewed May. 26, 2009

" Thank you. I will give it a try.

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