Chicken with Lemon Herb Grilling

Ingredients: – 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts – 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice – 1/4 cup olive oil – 4 cloves garlic, minced – 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme) – 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary) – Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Prepare the Chicken: Start by rinsing the chicken breasts under cold water and patting them dry with paper towels. This helps remove any excess moisture from the chicken, ensuring a better sear when grilling.

Make the Marinade: In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper. This marinade will infuse the chicken with bright citrus flavors and aromatic herbs.

Marinate the Chicken: Place the chicken breasts in a shallow dish or a resealable plastic bag. Pour the prepared marinade over the chicken, making sure it's evenly coated. Massage the marinade into the chicken breasts to ensure they're well coated on all sides. Cover the dish or seal the bag, then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat. For optimal flavor, marinate the chicken for up to 4 hours in the refrigerator.

Preheat the Grill: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat, around 375-400°F (190-200°C). Brush the grill grates lightly with oil to prevent sticking.

Grill the Chicken: Once the grill is preheated, remove the chicken breasts from the marinade, shaking off any excess. Place the chicken breasts on the grill and discard the remaining marinade. Grill the chicken for approximately 6-8 minutes per side, or until cooked through. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165°F (75°C) when measured with a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast.

Rest and Serve: Once cooked, transfer the grilled lemon herb chicken to a serving platter or cutting board and allow it to rest for a few minutes before serving. This helps redistribute the juices throughout the meat, ensuring juicy and flavorful chicken. Serve the grilled chicken breasts with your favorite side dishes, such as roasted vegetables, salad, or quinoa.

Enjoy your succulent and flavorful Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken, infused with the vibrant flavors of lemon and fragrant herbs!

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