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 on plate and sliced

Easy Grilled Chicken on plate and sliced
Yield: 4 servings

Easy Grilled Chicken

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes

Easy Grilled Chicken - A basic grilled chicken marinade packed with flavor that pairs well with many dishes! My go-to recipe for tender grilled chicken!


  • 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


  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 will be more tender and juicy and soaks up even more of the flavor from the marinade.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 288Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 160mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 35g

Easy Grilled Chicken on plate and sliced