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Lemon-Thyme Grilled Chicken

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Lemon-Thyme Grilled Chicken

Lemon-Thyme Grilled Chicken would be perfect for Father's Day or any summer evening. 

Father’s Day weekend means grilling outside. Let’s make it easy for the dads this year with an easy and super-flavorful marinade for chicken. Dads can man the grill – or not if they’d rather be in the A/C or pool. We will ensure that everything is ready for success, either way.

Lemon-Thyme Grilled Chicken isn’t just plain old grilled chicken, nor is it a heavy barbecue version. It’s light, bright with lemon and a little herby from fresh thyme. And it takes no effort at all. Pull the marinade together in the morning, put it in a zip-top bag with the chicken and throw it in the fridge. The only thing you’ll have to do before dinner is turn the bag once or twice, just to be sure every inch of the chicken gets infused with flavor. Leaving your day free to do whatever it is dad requests.

Put this one in rotation for weekdays during the summer, too. My daughters say it’s a “10-out-of-10.” 

Lemon-Thyme Grilled Chicken


Juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup olive oil
1 large clove garlic, grated
8 sprigs fresh thyme
1 teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoons freshly ground pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Recipe directions:

Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Put the chicken breasts into a zip-top bag. Pour the marinade into the bag, squeeze out the excess air and seal. Shake the chicken around so that it is coated in marinade. Refrigerate for a few hours, 6 to 8. During that time, shake and flip the bag a couple of times to make sure the chicken is marinated on all side.

Prep your grill to medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the bag, and throw away the bag and extra marinade. Season the chicken generously with more salt and pepper. Grill and serve hot or at room temperature.

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