Grilled Basil Lemon Chicken

"A simple dish that I use for basil lemon chicken panini the day after. You can use tenders or chicken scaloppine as well. Thanks for catching my omission of the basil in the directions, I have fixed it."
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  • Zest the lemon and squeeze the juice, combine zest and juice with oil, basil and garlic in a small bowl.
  • Put chicken breasts between wax paper and pound to an even thickness.
  • Place in glad bag or bowl with marinade and leave for 30 minutes to 20 hours.
  • Grill chicken on bbq, broil it, or even cook it in a hot skillet, 6-8 minutes approximately.

Questions & Replies

  1. HOW much bottled lemon juice would you use in place of juicing a lemon for this recipe?


  1. I had a family pack of chicken thighs and found this recipe. I doubled the sauce and used bottled lemon juice as that was all I had. I used my own home dried basil and garlic from the jar. The results were delicious moist chicken thighs that got crispy on the outside because of the olive oil. I will return to this recipe over and over again.
  2. Even with the 30 minutes marinading time, this was quick and easy enough to make on a Friday night when I was exhausted from a full-on week. A seriously delicious recipe that I'll happily make again - on a week night or to serve to guests. Made exactly to the recipe - using fresh basil, freshly ground black pepper and minced garlic - and just loved how lemony and garlicky it was! :) And the chicken (I used organic chicken) was moist and wonderfully tender. We do love both lemons and garlic so enjoyed this with Recipe #375257 and panfried mushrooms (with some more garlic and thyme)! YUM! I had thought 'what a pity that I cannot marinate the chicken for longer' but the 30 minutes produced SUCH excellent results. Thank you, MarraMamba, for sharing yet another great recipe.
  3. Loved this chicken, and with such a short ingredient list the flavors really come through!
  4. I know y’all are going to hate me for this but I’m vegan and I used some sliced extra firm tofu in place of the chicken. I always dry my tofu by putting it into the air fryer for about 5 minutes. This marinade was excellent on the tofu. My carnivore hubby had the chicken and we were both happy
  5. Juice is one thing but the zest is ther bomb, must have fresh zest for best flavor

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