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Grilled Lemon-Basil Chicken

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


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


  • 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.
  • Drain and discard marinade. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 6-8 minutes on each side or a thermometer reads 170°, basting occasionally with reserved marinade.

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  • sgronholz
    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!

  • DWare5883
    Feb 1, 2013

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  • batgirl29
    Sep 30, 2011

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  • lrudolf
    Aug 21, 2011

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  • Black Lady
    Jul 2, 2011

    I will try this. It sounds delicious!!!

  • glentjlove74206
    Apr 7, 2010

    I will try it...

  • Kris Countryman
    Oct 4, 2009

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

  • toupee
    May 26, 2009

     Thank you. I will give it a try.

  • Klingenheimer
    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
    May 18, 2009

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