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A piece of grilled lemon pepper chicken in a serving bowl with rice and salad on the side.

Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken

  • Author: Mollie
  • Total Time: 12 hours, 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This grilled lemon pepper chicken is marinated to juicy, flavorful perfection and then grilled in less than 20 minutes. It's the perfect summer grilling recipe and goes great with a selection of fresh summer sides.



2 pounds chicken breast

1/4 cup lemon juice (1.5-2 lemons)

Zest of 1 lemon

3/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons black pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes

4 cloves garlic, minced


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a gallon ziplock baggie and shake to combine. Refrigerate for at least an hour and up to 24 hours.
  2. Once the chicken is done marinating, turn your grill to medium high heat, and allow the temperature to get to 475°F. Add the chicken directly to the grill grates and cook for 4-5 minutes. Then flip and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.  


Use freshly ground pepper, fresh lemon juice, and fresh garlic for the best flavor

Don't overcook the chicken. Once it reaches 165°F, take it off the grill. Additional cook time will lead to dry chicken.

Nutritional information is only an estimate. 

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Marinating Time: 12 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 8 ounces of chicken
  • Calories: 646
  • Sugar: 0.5 g
  • Sodium: 684.8 mg
  • Fat: 48.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.5 g
  • Protein: 51.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 165.5 mg