Lemon Pepper Chicken

This Lemon Pepper Chicken will keep you coming back for more! The wonderful citrus and peppery flavors work so well together with chicken. You will find yourself coming back to this recipe time and time again!

lemon pepper

What is lemon pepper?

Lemon pepper is made by infusing cracked black pepper with fresh lemon zest and salt. The oils from the zest penetrate the pepper, which gives it a unique zesty flavor. Lemon pepper is used in various dishes and is quite easy to find in local stores and online. Keep in mind that some commercial products contain other spices in addition to black pepper and lemon zest. 

What you’ll need to make Lemon Pepper Chicken:

First and foremost, this recipe was designed to be cooked on the grill. However, you can bake this chicken in the oven at 375 degrees F. until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. 

Chicken breasts: You’ll need 4 medium boneless and skinless chicken breasts. 

Lemon zest and juice: We always recommend using fresh lemon juice over bottled any day of the week.

Lemon pepper

Fresh Garlic

Olive oil

Onion powder, salt, and paprika

Marinating Chicken

Marinade for lemon pepper chicken 

  1. Zest the lemons first before squeezing the juice! Use a microplane zester to remove just the yellow zest. Do not grate the white rind. It does not have a pleasant flavor. After zesting, squeeze the lemons of their juice.
  2. Combine juice and zest with olive oil, crushed garlic, lemon pepper, onion powder, paprika, and salt in a bowl. Taste for salt content and add more if needed. You can also add red pepper flakes and a tablespoon of herbs like chopped basil, oregano, thyme, or parsley to the marinade.
  3. Submerge the chicken in the marinade, cover, and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. 
Grilling Chicken Breast

Grilling:

Prepare your grill for medium heat (350-375 degrees F). 

Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade and place them on the grill. They will cook within 10-12 minutes, depending on thickness and the type of grill you are using. Turn a few times during the cooking process. Once they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees at the thickest part of the breast, they have cooked through. Check each breast before removing them from the grill.  

Place your lemon pepper chicken on a clean platter or cutting board, and let them rest for 5-10 minutes while you get your sides ready.  Slice and serve.

Lemon Pepper Chicken Plated

Serving ideas:

This lemon pepper chicken makes a great addition to salads, wraps, soups, casseroles, nachos, or serve whole. They are also a great option for make-ahead meals!

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Lemon-Garlic Wings

Cilantro-Lime Chicken Breasts

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Lemon Pepper Chicken

Lemon Pepper Chicken

This Lemon Pepper Chicken will keep you coming back for more! The wonderful citrus and peppery flavors work so well together with chicken. You will find yourself coming back to this recipe time and time again!
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Course: Marinades/Brines
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken marinades, lemon pepper chicken, marinades
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Author: Sabrina Baksh

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Juice and zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon pepper (add more if preferred)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (add more if needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 medium chicken breasts skinless and boneless

Instructions

  • Zest the lemons before squeezing juice. This steep will just make your life easier. Use a citrus zester and make sure not to overdo it. You just want the yellow bits, not the bitter white part that lies right under the rind. After zesting, cut lemons in half and squeeze juice through a strainer into a bowl.
  • Combine lemon juice, zest, garlic in a bowl. Slowly drizzle in olive oil until well combined. Add remaining ingredients and stir through.
  • Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts into a resealable plastic bag, and pour mixture over top. Coat well, release air from bag, seal, and place into the refrigerator for 2-3 hours. If using marinade on wings or drumsticks, marinate them for 2-4 hours.
  • Preheat your grill for medium heat (375 degrees F).
  • Remove chicken breasts from marinade and place them on the grill. Cook for 10-12 minutes, turning a few times during the cooking process. Once they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, at the thickest part of the breast, they are done.
  • Let the chicken breast rest for a few minutes before slicing.

Photos by: elenathewise, vaivirga, mpessaris, and Szakaly/Depositphotos

Lemon Pepper Chicken

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