This quick and easy Lemon Basil Chicken is super juicy, and that all comes from the simple marinade of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and basil. It's fresh and light and can be served it with pasta, rice, in a sandwich or on a classic green salad. Chicken breasts never have to be dry or boring again! Naturally gluten free and a protein packed meal.
You are going to want to batch cook this chicken. It's so easy and convenient. Just keep it in your fridge to add to meals over the next couple of days. It is made with such a simple marinade, but it keeps the chicken super juicy and delicious.
Lemon and basil are both such light and fresh flavours, and this recipe has the perfect balance of them both - it keeps the chicken beautifully moist. Just a few minutes of prep time for this simple chicken dish.
Why you will love it
- Under 300 calories per serving
- Really easy to make
- A light and fresh marinade
- Tender and juicy
- Really versatile and can be used so many different ways
Step by step
One: Put the chicken into a dish and cover with the rest of the ingredients.
Two: Mix well, cover and marinade overnight (or for at least 4 hours).
Three: Put the marinated chicken in an oven proof dish in a preheated oven at 200°C/400°F/Gas6 and cook for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve on pasta, rice or mashed potato.
Is it healthy?
Yes, this is a really healthy chicken dish. It is protein packed, and the marinade doesn't have any honey or added sugar like most chicken marinades do. The main flavour comes from lemon and basil, which is low in calories.
What cut of chicken to use?
We wanted to keep this dish as lean as possible, so we used skinless and boneless chicken breasts. If you want an even juicier chicken dish, then I recommend using chicken thighs instead. These will also reheat better. Cooking time will very though, depending on the thickness of the thighs.
If you fancy trying something different with this lemon and basil marinade, then you could use it for prawns, salmon or even steak.
This is such an easy marinade, but quality is key. Firstly, you want to use the best quality olive oil that you can get - it will be more expensive but you can taste the difference.
Make sure it is well seasoned with salt and pepper and then you have the perfect balance of garlic, oregano and fresh basil. Make sure you use a juicy lemon, otherwise you might need to use a second lemon.
How to cook it
You have a few options here when it come to cooking the chicken. You can put it all in a baking dish (including the marinade) and cook in a preheated oven at 200°C for 30 minutes (or until it is cooked through).
However, you can also cook this under the grill, as it gets the chicken nice and crispy. This would also be great cooked on the BBQ if you wanted something easy to feed a crowd. You could even cook this in a hot pan on the hob.
What to serve it with
There are so many different ways that you can serve lemon basil chicken, which is why we usually batch cook it and then keep it in the fridge to use on meals over the next couple of days.
We serve it with spaghetti, on rice or mashed potato and we chop up leftovers to have a on a big green salad or in sandwiches and wraps. It also goes really well with our Italian Roasted Vegetables.
You don't have to marinate the chicken, but you will really taste a difference, Marinating it not only allows the flavours to really infuse, but the lemon also tenderises the chicken.
For best results, marinate the chicken overnight (around 12 hours), however try for a minimum of 4 hours.
Yes, this is recommended so that it has plenty of time to marinade. You could even make the marinade ahead of time and then just add it to the chicken when you are ready to marinade it.
You can freeze this chicken once it is cooked. Store in freezer bags for up to 2 months and then make sure it is fully defrosted before reheating. It will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.
To reheat, add to a pan with a little oil and heat through. Make sure you don't heat it for too long, otherwise it will become dry.
• Pound the chicken flat before marinating it. This will help it all be an even size and then it will cook at the same rate.
• To marinate the chicken, put it in a zip-lock bag, or a bowl with clingfilm on it.
• After the chicken has marinated, discard the marinade and then cook the chicken.
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Lemon Basil Chicken
- 300 g (10.5 oz) Chicken breast
- 2 tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 Lemon - (juice and zest only)
- 3 Garlic clove - crushed
- 8 tablespoon Fresh basil - chopped
- 1 Pinch Sea salt and black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Dried oregano
- Preheat your oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.
- Put the chicken into a dish and cover with the rest of the ingredients.
- Mix well and marinade overnight (or for at least 4 hours)
- Put the marinated chicken into an oven proof dish cook for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
- Pound the chicken before marinating it. This will help it all be an even size and then it will cook at the same rate.
- To marinate the chicken, put it in a zip-lock bag, or a bowl with clingfilm on it.
- After the chicken has marinated, discard the marinade and then cook the chicken.
I tried this recipe.It came fabulous.Thanks for sharing.I loved that lemon flavor in that.
Tried this recipe and it is going into my favourites, it was so easy and simple to make and is a very good addition to my healthy eating.
I'm so glad you enjoyed this.
Kerry @ Kerry Cooks
This would be such a yummy summer supper eaten outside with a glass of white - I can dream!
Lucy @ BakingQueen74
Mmm, this sounds delicious, just what I need. Going to try this this week. Thanks for the recipe!
love the sound of this! Perfect for summer time! :)
Is there a way to make this vegetarian? Would just roasted vegetables work well?
I am reading this as it is raining outside and I am looking forward to warm summer evenings so I can eat something like this in the garden. It sounds wonderfully light.
Great recipe, especially for people that are working out! I enjoyed it the next day too.
Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
The lemon and basil mixture with the wine sounds like a fab combination. Will have to try a veggie version!