Lemon basil chicken breast with mashed potatoes on a white plate.
5 from 7 votes

Lemon Basil Chicken

This lemon basil chicken is made with chicken breasts marinaded in lemon juice, fresh basil, honey and garlic for a juicy and flavourful meat. The perfect healthy dinner! Paleo and naturally gluten free.  

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword #chickenrecipe, #easychickenrecipe, #lemonchicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 178 kcal


  • 2 large chicken breasts about 1.5 lbs / 680 grams total
  • 8 tbsp lemon juice from about 3 large lemons
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 12 fresh basil leaves roughly chopped
  • salt to taste
  • freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • fresh parsley chopped, to serve – optional


  1. Cut chicken breasts in half lengthwise to make 4 pieces (try to make them equal sized for an even cooking). Set aside.

  2. Prepare the marinade. In a large glass bowl combine lemon juice, honey, water, garlic and basil. (You can also use a large ziplock bag: add all the ingredients, seal and shake to combine).

  3. Place chicken in the marinade bowl (or ziplock bag) and toss so that all the breasts are covered with marinade. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, refrigerate and marinate for one hour (or at least 30 minutes). 

  4. When chicken has marinated, heat olive oil in a non stick skillet, on high heat. Remove chicken from marinade, paying attention to remove all the garlic and basil leaves that may have sticked to the breasts (they would burn while cooking).

  5. When skillet is very hot, brown chicken breasts 2 minutes per side (4 minutes total). Pour the marinade in the skillet and mix well to get all the meat juices. Bring to a boil (this will happen very quickly) and cook for one minute. 

  6. Reduce to a rapid simmer (medium heat) and cook for 5 more minutes, basting the sauce over the chicken breasts regularly. Chicken is ready when no longer pink inside (don't over cook to make sure chicken isn't dry).

  7. To serve, place chicken on a plate, and spoon sauce on top. Scatter fresh basil or parsley, if using, and serve.

  8. Sides suggestion: mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower to soak up all the sauce, with a green salad on the side. 

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Basil Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 portion (1/2 chicken breast + sauce))
Calories 178 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 132mg 6%
Potassium 458mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Sugars 7g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 1.9%
Vitamin C 16.8%
Calcium 1%
Iron 2.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.