I was looking for a nice main dish to accompany the Orzo with Roasted Vegetables and decided that chicken breasts marinated in lemon, garlic, and basil would be perfect. Not only was the chicken extremely easy to make, but there was also very little cleanup and it was quick to prepare. The chicken turned out moist and tender – the lemon, basil, and garlic really made the chicken extra delicious. This dish paired perfectly with the orzo. It was a huge hit with my entire family – I love that.
Lemon and Basil Chicken Breasts:
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of any excess fat
- Juice and zest of one lemon
- 3 tablespoons of fresh basil, chopped (divided)
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp olive oil (divided)
How to Make Lemon and Basil Chicken Breasts
Place trimmed chicken breast in a large zip lock bag. Pound the chicken breasts flat with a mallet until 1/2 inch thick. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, 2 1/2 tablespoons of fresh basil, salt, pepper, and minced garlic. Mix thoroughly and marinate in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
Remove chicken from the refrigerator 10 minutes prior to cooking.
Heat the 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large grill pan or skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add chicken breasts and cook for 4 minutes then flip. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until juices run clear. Remove from heat and let the meat “rest” for at least 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with the last half tablespoon of fresh basil and extra lemon. Enjoy.
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