Grilled Lemon Lime Pepper Chicken

With just a hint of lemon-lime, you’ll love this Grilled Lemon Lime Pepper Chicken, marinated in olive oil overnight. It’s tender and especially healthy!

Table of Contents
  1. About Grilled Lemon Lime Pepper Chicken
  2. Easy Chicken Marinade
  3. How to Make Lemon Lime Pepper Chicken
  4. Serving Suggestions
  5. Grilled Lemon Lime Pepper Chicken Recipe
  6. Other Chicken Dinner Recipes

Picnic season is here! We’re normally burger kind of people when it comes to grilling for picnics. We love our Cola Burgers and our new favorite, Chicken Ranch Burgers. Have you tried them yet?

If you’re thinking of going with something other than burgers for your summer picnics, I’d suggest you try this Grilled Lemon-Lime Pepper Chicken. I saw this recipe on The Recipe Critic when I was looking for healthy, homemade chicken marinade. I had all of the ingredients, and it looked like it had potential. Lemon is great in chicken marinades, but I decided to throw in some lime too for an extra punch of citrus.

grilled chicken and a salad on a plate

About Grilled Lemon Lime Pepper Chicken

  • Flavor: The chicken has a very mild flavor. You’ll taste the lemon and lime slightly, but it is mostly for tenderizing the chicken. The mild flavor of the chicken helps it to pair perfectly with so many different sides and salads.
  • Texture: You’ll love the tenderness of this chicken.  The tenderness is due to the olive oil in the marinade.  It is so juicy!

Easy Chicken Marinade

The homemade marinade just has olive oil, garlic, onion, pepper, salt and lemon juice and lime juice.  The original recipe just calls for lemon juice, but the first time I made this, I didn’t quite have enough lemon juice, so substituted half of the lemon juice with lime juice.

The second time I made it, I used straight-up lemon juice, and we liked the lemon-lime combination better, so that’s what we’ve stuck with.

Simple marinade, though, right? The added benefits are that it is full of heart-healthy olive oil and has no sugar.

What’s even better? This recipe fits paleo, Whole30, gluten free and keto eating plans.

How to Make Lemon Lime Pepper Chicken

  • Mix together olive oil, lemon & lime juice, garlic, salt, pepper and onion.
lemon juice pouring in a bowl
  • Put chicken in a Ziploc bag and pour marinade over it. Allow to marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
chicken breasts marinating in a plastic bag
  • Place chicken on preheated grill (400ºF) and cook for about 10 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is no longer pink.
  • Allow the chicken to rest for 3-5 minutes, then serve.

Grilling Tip

In order to get your meat not to stick to the grill, be sure to preheat the grill to at least 400 degrees before putting your meat on.  Don’t get impatient and put it on too soon or the chicken may stick.

Serving Suggestions

This is literally a chicken that I could have in the fridge all summer to eat for lunches, dinners, you name it.  Serve it with a salad, or slice up the chicken and serve it on top of the salad.

overhead view of grilled chicken with lemon lime flavor
overhead view of grilled chicken with lemon lime flavor

Grilled Lemon Lime Pepper Chicken

5 from 2 votes
With just a hint of lemon-lime, you’ll love this Grilled Lemon-Lime Pepper Chicken, marinated in olive oil overnight. It’s tender and especially healthy!
Servings 6
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinating Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts about 6 small pieces
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Mix together olive oil, lemon & lime juice, garlic, salt, pepper and onion.
  • Put chicken in a Ziploc bag and pour marinade over it. Allow to marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Place chicken on preheated grill (400 degrees) and cook for about 10 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is no longer pink.
  • Allow the chicken to rest for 3-5 minutes, then serve.
  • Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.
The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 6, with 1 serving being ⅙ of the chicken. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 369mg | Potassium: 589mg | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 11.1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.6mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 210
Keyword chicken on the grill, chicken recipe, summer picnic

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About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Donna Clark
9 years ago

Another great healthy, yummy recipe!!

Thank you!
You are a blessing!

Love, Grandma Clark

Kristen D
9 years ago

This recipe looks great! I’m making it this week!

I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award 🙂

Here’s the link! http://3monkeysmommy.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-liebster-award.html#more

Sharon
9 years ago

I made this for dinner this evening and it was great. Very moist and I liked that the flavors were subtle, nothing overpowering. Definitely a keeper.

sue
9 years ago

Alwaus a treat to come visit and see what you two have come up with! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this with us at One Sharendipity Place this weekend! We’ve already got this pinned! 🙂

Sue @thet2women.com

Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
9 years ago

Ooh lemon lime! Sounds great! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #20!

~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
http://www.dessertnowdinnerlater.com

Alexa (Kat Biggie)
9 years ago

Yum and more yum! Love the healthy and light recipes! Thanks for sharing!

Anyonita
9 years ago

Delicious! 🙂 Love a good citrusy grilled chicken dish 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

Cindy Eikenberg
8 years ago

We grill a lot during the summer and make a lot of chicken – this sounds so delicious and love finding a new way to enjoy grilled chicken! Thanks for sharing the recipe – pinning and sharing! Have a great Monday!

Lisa @ Cooking with Curls
8 years ago

I am a lover of all things lemon, and this chicken sounds amazing!!

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
8 years ago

I love recipes that use ingredients I have on hand!! We grill pretty much year round here in Phoenix – I need to try this!

Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain
8 years ago

Gorgeous chicken Julie. So full of flavor! 🙂

Judy
6 years ago

I don;t have a grill. If I were to use the oven or stove instead, what would you recommend?

Jun An
5 years ago

what is the recipe for 1 person?Thanks in advance 🙂

Lisa
4 years ago

5 stars
My husband flipped when he ate this! I loved it as well since it fit with my Whole 30 diet. Super yummy and very easy – this recipe is a keeper!