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This Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken is the perfect summer BBQ recipe! This juicy chicken is packed with lemon, garlic and onion flavors that will make your mouth water and keep you coming back for more!

I love cooking on the grill all summer long! Pair this chicken with some delicious side dishes to make it a meal! I love this grilled asparagus, this delicious melon side dish and this delicious strawberry cheesecake salad!

Grilled chicken with lemon pepper on a platter with lemon wedges.

Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken Recipe

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is grilling. Although my husband is the king of the grill, I’m pretty good at it myself! I love lemon pepper spice so I was excited to try chicken to put on the grill. I already had a backup plan for my picky kids if they didn’t want that for dinner. But to my surprise (and delight!) they ate the whole piece of chicken and asked for seconds! If my kids loved it then I know your family will too!

This lemon chicken is marinated overnight in an amazing lemon pepper chicken marinade. It has a delicious balance of sweet and tart, and the lemon flavor is very subtle. The chicken was grilled to perfection and was so tender and juicy with just the right amount of flavor. I sliced ​​some lemons and grilled them on the grill and they garnished the perfect lemon zest for this amazing dish!

Ingredients in Lemon Pepper Chicken

This entire recipe (including the marinade) uses only seven ingredients! And that includes your chicken! You can find the exact measurements on the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Chicken breast: I always use boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe.
  • olive oil: The online oil serves as a base for the marinades and helps to make your chicken juicy
  • lemon juice: Don’t worry, the amount of lemon flavor is just perfect! not overwhelming but you can definitely taste it. You can use fresh lemon juice or lemon juice from the bottle.
  • garlic: I used minced garlic straight from my fridge which makes it so easy!
  • Onion: Dice your onion into small pieces so you can have that flavor in every bite!
  • salt and black pepper: These enhance any flavors in the marinade.

How to grill chicken with lemon pepper

Plan to make this recipe ahead of time so you can enjoy tender and juicy chicken the next day! It’s so good and makes an easy and delicious meal.

  1. whisk: Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, chopped garlic, salt and pepper. Add the diced onion.
  2. Marinate OVERNIGHT: Place chicken in a gallon-sized bag of marinade. Leave to marinate overnight.
  3. Cook: Place chicken on preheated grill and sprinkle with additional pepper. Grill on the grill for about 20 minutes or until no longer pink in the center. **You can also grill additional lemon slices for garnish.**

2 pictures.  1 shows how to add the lemon to the marinade and the other shows marinated chicken on the grill.

Tips for grilling chicken

Over the years I have learned many tips and tricks for grilling chicken. Through my learning process, I’ve put together everything you need to know to prepare the perfect Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken!

  • How hot does my grill need to be? Your grill must be at least 350 degrees before you start grilling your chicken.
  • Where do I put the chicken on the grill? You want to heat the chicken indirectly, so don’t place it directly over a flame. The inside of the chicken needs time to cook fully without burning the outside.
  • How long do I cook my chicken? Depending on the size or thickness of your chicken, each piece will be different. The average is 5-8 minutes per side. For example, a ¾ inch thick breast would cook 5 minutes per side. Add more time for a thicker cut or bone-in chicken.
  • Do I need to turn the chicken during cooking? Turn only once during cooking. Any more than that and your chicken may start to break apart or stick to the grates.
  • How do I know when my chicken is ready? The chicken is done when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Always use a meat thermometer to check and make sure it’s done.

The top view of grilled lemon pepper chicken on a gray plate.

How to store leftovers

We all know how good leftover Lemon Pepper Chicken can taste the next day! Proper storage is important! Here are some tips to keep your chicken from drying out the next day.

  • Refrigerate: Once your chicken has completely cooled, place in an airtight container and store in your refrigerator. It will take about 3 days.
  • Warm up: Place the chicken in a casserole dish and place in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook for about 5-10 minutes or until it reaches the desired temperature.

Grilled chicken on a plate, sliced ​​and ready to eat.

If you want to make this chicken but are wondering what to serve with it, well…I’ve got that covered! Side dishes are a MUST if you want your meal to rock and wow your friends and family. These are the best of the best!

  • Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, chopped garlic, salt and pepper. Add the diced onion.

  • Place chicken in a gallon-sized bag of marinade. Leave to marinate overnight.

  • Place chicken on preheated grill and sprinkle with additional pepper. Grill on the grill for about 20 minutes or until no longer pink in the center. **You can also grill additional lemon slices for garnish.**

serves: 6

calories499kcal (25%)carbohydrates3G (1%)protein32G (64%)Fat40G (62%)Saturated Fatty Acids6G (30%)Polyunsaturated fat4GMonounsaturated fatty acids27Gtrans fat0.02Gcholesterol96mg (32%)sodium370mg (fifteen%)potassium596mg (17%)fiber0.2G (1%)sugar1G (1%)Vitamin A48ie (1%)vitamin C13mg (16%)calcium14mg (1%)iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is an estimate only. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary per household based on the brands you use, measurement methods, and serving sizes.

course Dinner, main course

kitchen American

keyword Chicken Recipes, Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken, Lemon Pepper Chicken

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