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This grilled citrus and herb chicken is juicy, tender, and flavored with the best marinade. A super easy dish that’s ready in no time!

Grilled citrus and herb chicken on a white plate.

For me, the summer is all about grilling, and there’s nothing better than flavorful grilled chicken. This citrus and herb chicken is marinated to perfection, then grilled until caramelized on the outside, yet tender and juicy on the inside. Best of all, it’s super easy to make!

Sliced grilled citrus and herb chicken on a plate.

The marinade for this citrus chicken is made with olive oil, garlic, orange and lemon zest and juice, and plenty of dried herbs. I like to use thin cut boneless skinless chicken breasts for this recipe, because they cook quickly and evenly. You can use regular chicken breasts, but if they’re especially thick you’ll want to slice them in half lengthwise so that the outside doesn’t burn before the inside is cooked through. The chicken needs to marinate for at least 30 minutes, but you can leave the chicken in the marinade for up to 4 hours. When you’re ready to eat, simply grill for a few minutes on each side, then serve!

Grilled citrus and herb chicken on a plate.

This chicken is perfect on its own with a few summery side dishes, or you can chop it up and use it in salads, sandwiches or wraps. I often double the recipe so that I have plenty of  leftovers to have for lunch during the week! If you’d like to make this recipe and it’s not grilling season, simply cook the chicken on a grill pan on the stove top, it will be just as delicious.

I finish this citrus and herb grilled chicken off with a sprinkling of fresh parsley, but thinly sliced basil leaves or sliced green onions would also be great choices. Whether you’re looking for a recipe for a BBQ or a simple dinner option for a busy weeknight, this grilled chicken fits the bill!

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Grilled Citrus and Herb Chicken

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This grilled citrus and herb chicken is juicy, tender, and flavored with the best marinade. A super easy dish that's ready in no time!
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4



  • Place the olive oil, garlic, lemon and orange zest, lemon and orange juice, basil, oregano and thyme in a resealable plastic bag. Seal and shake to combine.
  • Place the chicken in the bag, seal and shake until chicken is coated with the marinade.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  • Preheat the grill or a grill pan over medium high heat.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and season both sides generously with salt and pepper.
  • Grill for 4-5 minutes on each side or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove from grill and let the chicken rest for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and serve, with lemon wedges if desired.


Calories: 249kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 24gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 132mgPotassium: 420mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 35IUVitamin C: 1.3mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Sara Welch

With 3 kids aged 6 and under, meals can feel like feeding time at the zoo! I’m Sara, a foodie turned mom. I traded in elaborate dinners for simple, yet delicious dishes to please the palates of my growing girls, and I blog about my recipe creations over at Dinner at the Zoo.

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  1. I wanted a quick citrus type marinade. For a chicken for my salad. The only things. That I reduced the amount in. Were the olive oil, and citrus zest and juices. But mine came out perfect! Thanks for this Delicious recipe!