Easy Grilled Chicken

Easy Grilled Chicken

A lot of the recipes I post on this blog include “cooked chicken” and while one of my most favorite kitchen shortcuts is using rotisserie chicken, I think everyone needs a good, basic, recipe for making your own grilled chicken. This is my go-to grilled chicken recipe and I have been using this recipe for as long as I can remember. It’s super easy and adds a lot of flavor to the chicken. You really can’t go wrong with this one!

The marinade is basically just olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and lemon juice with a few seasonings. This is really all you need for a good meat marinade. Whenever I’m not sure what we are going to do for dinner, this chicken is my answer. It’s always juicy and tender and can be paired with a variety of sides and dishes from salads, pastas, sandwiches, you name it! Sometimes I grill up bigger batches so I can use the chicken throughout the week for my lunches.

Easy Grilled Chicken

Easy Grilled Chicken

Ingredients:

  • approx. 1 lb. boneless chicken breasts, trimmed and pounded to about 1/2-inch thickness*
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Arrange the chicken on a plate or place in a gallon-size freezer bag. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour the marinade over the chicken. Let the chicken marinate for 1-2 hours.
  2. Heat a grill or grill pan over medium heat. Cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes, then flip each piece and continue cooking another 5-7 minutes or until the chicken is cooked thoroughly.

I highly recommend using a meat pounder to tenderize your chicken. It makes a huge difference, the chicken is obviously more tender and juicy and soaks up even more of the flavor from the marinade.

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Easy Grilled Chicken

   

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