This Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe is so versatile. It can be used on the grill, baked, pan fried, or even pressure cooked. It’s perfect for meal prep because you can just decide what to do with it day of, and it’s ZERO WW POINTS!
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You guys, this is the only Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe you’ll ever need!! The lemon garlic marinade is so simple and full of fresh, healthy flavors that infuse your chicken breasts, or chicken thighs, with so much intensity, your taste buds will wake right up.
I meal prepped this Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe last Sunday and then used it in two different preparations - one baked and one pan fried - and I will be sharing both of those complete recipes with you soon!
Making The Best Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe
Step 1 - Zest and juice the lemons
You are going to use both lemon zest and lemon juice in this lemon garlic marinade to make sure you get a super charged lemon flavor.
Always zest your lemons before cutting them open to juice! A whole lemon is going to be a thousand times easier to zest than a cut or juiced lemon.
When juicing the lemons, you can use any kind of juicing tool you have on hand. I’m very low tech because I keep forgetting to buy something that will make it simpler, so I just use my hands and a mesh strainer over a bowl.
This handheld Citrus Juicer is the one I will eventually get, but this simple Table Top Juicer is also a great, affordable option!
Step 2 - Combine marinade ingredients
In the same bowl with the zest, add the lemon juice, chopped parsley, minced garlic, salt, pepper and oil. Then just use a fork or a whisk to mix it all together.
Step 3 - The chicken breasts
I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts this time so that I could easily cook them in any application I wanted, but you could absolutely use bone in, skin on chicken breasts! In fact, that is my favorite way to cook chicken breasts.
Trim the raw chicken breasts of any excess fat, and then put them in a zip top bag or air tight container that you will use to marinate the chicken breasts.
Put your zip top bag in a mixing bowl and roll the top back so you can easily add your chicken breasts and lemon garlic marinade without getting the zipper part of the bag dirty.
Step 4 - Put it all together
Pour the marinade into the bag with the chicken. Close the zip top almost all the way, then gently use your hands to press out as much air as possible before closing it all the way.
Do another run over the zipper to make sure it’s closed tightly.
Then use your hands to mush the marinade around and completely cover every piece of chicken. This part takes a minute and you really need to use your fingers to get it all mixed together.
The next step from here depends on what you want to do with this Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe!
How long can you marinate meat in lemon juice? How long can I leave chicken in marinade?
Acids like lemon juice break down the proteins in the meat the longer they sit. So, with this Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe, you can let the meat marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes to 12 hours. After that, the texture of the meat will change and not be as appetizing.
However, if you place the chicken and marinade directly into the freezer, it will keep for up to 3 months. Then, when you want to cook it, you just submerge the bag of frozen chicken in cool water for 1 1/2 - 2 hours on the countertop, or up to 24 hours in the fridge. That will quickly thaw it and then you can cook immediately.
How do you know if chicken is done cooking?
You can cook this Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe in so many ways. You can make grilled chicken on the stove or on the bbq, make baked chicken breasts in the oven, pan fry chicken on the stove top, save time with pressure cooker chicken, or put in the crock pot for slow cooker chicken.
Any way you choose, the best way to know if chicken is done cooking is to use an instant read thermometer like THIS ONE.
Chicken is fully cooked when the middle of the thickest part reaches 165 degrees.
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