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Grilled Lemon-Basil Chicken Recipe

Grilled Lemon-Basil Chicken Recipe

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. YIELD: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)


  • 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.

Reviews for Grilled Lemon-Basil Chicken

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sgronholz 227025
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!"

Black Lady 160847
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2011

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

glentjlove74206 93194
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2010

"I will try it..."

Kris Countryman 143551
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2009

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

toupee 93193
Reviewed May. 26, 2009

" Thank you. I will give it a try.

Klingenheimer 143550
Reviewed May. 20, 2009

"White wine vinegar is located with cooking wines. Instead of using red wine as a substitution, I would suggest using apple juice in its place."

toupee 97617
Reviewed May. 18, 2009

"Where does one find white wine vinegar? Can red be substituted?"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

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