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Lemon Balsamic Grilled (Or Pan-Fried) Chicken

Lemon Balsamic Grilled Chicken is an absolutely delicious easy chicken recipe for a quick and yummy dinner! Everyone needs an easy chicken recipe in their hip pockets…and this is it!!

Lemon Balsamic Grilled Chicken
This post was originated published on March 29, 2018 and updated on April 24, 2020.

As the weather gets warmer, we start putting a lot of our food on the grill. Or rather, I start creating all kinds of marinate for different meats and seafood, and my sweet husband puts them on the grill. 🙂

Not only is there minimal work in the kitchen, I can sit next to the grill and enjoy the smell of smoky flavors coming out of it. Burning charcoal and marinate meat are a match made in heaven, and just scream spring and summer for me.

Lemon Balsamic Grilled Chicken. This is one of our go-to, basic chicken recipes.

If you are looking for more delicious chicken recipes, don’t forget to check these out: Skillet Chicken Parmesan, Creamy Spinach Chicken and Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken.

While it is delicious on a charcoal or electric grill, this Lemon Balsamic Chicken can be cooked inside as well. If you are still stuck in snowy cold weather, or don’t have a grill.

Or hey, sometimes we just don’t want to mess with a grill – it is okay!!

Lemon Balsamic Grilled Chicken

This chicken recipe is just as delicious cooked on a grill pan or a good-ole skillet, because that tasty marinate takes it ALL THE WAY. I tried all the methods (outside grill, inside grill, pan fried) on this chicken recipe and can vouch for every one of them.

I want to share this recipe because having a basic grilled chicken recipe in your hip pocket makes everyday cooking so much easier. It is also such a versatile recipe as it can be transformed into so many different dishes. More on that later.

Let’s make Lemon Balsamic Grilled (or Pan Fried) Chicken!

Balsamic Lemon marinade for chicken

First, let’s put the marinade together.

I like to add all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and let it do the hard work. Really, the real “hard work” is mincing the fresh garlic, and I don’t like to mince garlic if I don’t have to.

In addition, the blender/food processor does combine everything really well and create a nice paste.

Marinate for Lemon Balsamic Grilled Chicken

If you do not have a blender or food processor, you can just add all the ingredients together and mix it up really well. You can still be rocking’ and rollin’ the Lemon Balsamic Chicken without all that blending work. OH YES YOU CAN.

Marinate the chicken for at least 3 hours to get all the yummy flavors into the chicken breast. I like to use thinly sliced chicken breast, ~1/2 inch thick, to make the cooking process easier. Or you can pound the chicken breast to make it thinner, or slice it thinner.

Grill or pan fry!

When it is ready, GRILL away, PAN FRY away, whatever suits your fancy.

When cooking the chicken, place chicken on skillet or grill, let it stay for a few minutes (time needed will depend on thickness of chicken and how warm your appliances get) before flipping it over.

Doing this will also get you the pretty grill marks if you are using a grill. Flip chicken over and cook until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

Lemon Balsamic Grilled Chicken

The key to a moist piece of meat is to not overcook it. Monitor it constantly and once it reaches 165 degrees F (remember to check multiple spots using a meat thermometer), remove chicken from the heat.

That is why having a meat thermometer can be handy for those of us who have a tendency to undercook or overcook meat (hello me!!).

Lemon Balsamic Chicken. Healthy, light, flavorful, citrusy, moist. Yum yum yum! It’s so good, you guys!

The truth is, somedays, especially those where we run out of ideas of what to eat (anybody else been there?), we just need to grill or pan fry some chicken breast for dinner. And while we do that, we might as well make it tasty, right? As they say, life is too short to drink bad wine. And eat bad chicken.

What to pair with Lemon Balsamic Chicken?

A plate of Lemon Balsamic Grilled Chicken with fresh lemons and parsley

Looking for side ideas to go with this? Check out some of our readers’ favorite sides on the blog!

Other Creative Ways to use up Lemon Balsamic Chicken

Have leftovers but don’t want to have grilled chicken with sides every. single. night. I hear ya. I FEEL YA. Here are a few other ways I use up leftover chicken:

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A plate of Lemon Balsamic Grilled (Or Pan Fried) Chicken

Lemon Balsamic Grilled (Or Pan Fried) Chicken

A tried and true chicken breast recipe that is filled with lots of citrus flavor, herbs and spices. Grilled or pan fried! It will be your new go-to chicken breast recipe before you know it!
4.91 from 10 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinate Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 472kcal
Author: MinShien


  • 2 lbs chicken breast or chicken tenderloins
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6-8 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp onion powder optional
  • ~1 tbsp vegetable oil


  • Create the marinate by mixing olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, fresh lemon juice, oregano, salt, basil, thyme, sugar and onion powder (optional) together in a food processor/blender. If you don’t have a food processor or blender, mince garlic and combine everything together and mix well. 
  • Coat chicken breast evenly with marinate and marinate for at least 3 hours.
  • Pre-heat grill, grill pan or skillet on medium-medium high heat. Add/brush with some vegetable oil. Once heated up, add chicken and let it sit for 3-4 minutes, then flip over (See Note 1). Cook until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (check multiple spots and the thickest spot on the chicken). Remove promptly. (See Note 2)
  • Serve and enjoy!


Note 1: Letting the chicken breast sit a few minutes prior to flipping will help create “grill marks” if using grill or grill pan
Note 2: Depending on how well your appliances retain heat, the thickness of the chicken, cook time for chicken will vary.


Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1430mg | Potassium: 895mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 111IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg
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    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Aww thank you so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. 5 stars
    I do a lot of grilled chicken in the spring and summer and like trying a variety of different marinades. Already had most of the ingredients for this one, so we gave it a try and really enjoyed it!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Hi Tom! Thank you for trying out the recipe! So glad you enjoyed it!

    2. 5 stars
      We made this for a second time! We’ll probably add it to our regular meal rotation.

    3. Joyous Apron says:

      That is great! Super thrilled you are liking it and making it again! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. this looks fresh and light. I am going to try this for sure!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      We love this, easy and delicious! I hope you will enjoy it too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know how it goes!

    2. thanks. will do. have most of the ingredients so no excuses, I will make it soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Laurie Seville says:

    5 stars
    I really like the taste of the chicken, very juicy too. I didnโ€™t have balsamic vinegar but had balsamic glaze so used that and omitted the sugar. It worked great. I was unfamiliar with your website until today but so many things look good, I will try more. Thank you!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you Laurie! I’m so glad you found us and I hope you continue loving the other recipes as well ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep me posted on what else you make! Happy cooking!