This is the BEST grilled chicken breast recipe! The chicken breasts are marinated in an easy to make wet rub using pantry staple spices then grilled until juicy and crazy delicious. With a few tips that I have, learn how to grill chicken breast so it is juicy and delicious every time.

4 juicy grilled chicken breast on a plate with tasty grill marks all over them.

Let's give it up for easy and delicious grilled chicken breast recipes! This one is my all-time favorite and the one I make for my family all summer long. The chicken breasts are flavorful and always juicy.

This recipe is really simple and the perfect recipe to keep in your back pocket for when you need to get dinner on the table quickly or you just don't feel like thinking about what to make for dinner. The answer is always these grilled chicken breasts. After you make them once, you'll make them again and again.

I serve these with some veggies that I put on the grill with the chicken and a big salad. It makes a quick and delicious dinner.

Why you want to make this grilled chicken breast

  • This is the juiciest grilled chicken ever. ← truth!
  • And tastiest. ← also true!
  • The wet spice rub (made with pantry-staple spices that you probably have on hand right now) give it tons of flavor.
  • Lean chicken breast is a healthy protein option. Learning how to cook them on the grill so they don't dry out will make your dinners healthier and tastier.
  • They are low-carb, gluten-free, paleo, and Whole30 compliant!

A close up of the bright red, grilled chicken marinade.

Best Grilled Chicken Marinade

To make the tastiest grill chicken breast you need the best grilled chicken marinade. I've tested more chicken marinades than I can count and this is the very best one I've tried. It's adapted from the rub I use in both my Perfect Baked Chicken Breasts and my Juicy Baked Pork Chops recipes.

Since the dry heat of the BBQ can dry out chicken breasts, I've made this a wet marinade. It's more like a paste (as you can see in the picture above) and it coats the chicken in a blanket of spices which help prevent it from becoming dry. It's also amazingly flavorful.

The spices you'll need are:

  • Paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Then you'll mix a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into the spices (which helps to tenderize the meat) and enough olive oil to make a paste. This basic grilled chicken marinade helps to keep the chicken juicy and has so much flavor.

How long should I let my chicken marinade?

As this marinade really coats the chicken, you don't need to let it marinate long. When I'm in a rush, I'll coat the chicken in the marinade right before I turn on the BBQ. Even then, with only 10 minutes to soak up the flavor, it is still delicious.

If you have the time, 2-3 hours is ideal. I don't recommend letting the chicken breasts marinate longer than 8 hours as the acid from the vinegar will start to break down the meat.

The grilled chicken marinade poured over chicken breasts in a glass bowl.

How to grill chicken breast

If you've ever wondered how to grill the perfect chicken breast, I've got the answer for you. Luckily, it's easy to grill juicy and delicious chicken breast.

  1. Start with the best grilled chicken marinade. The apple cider vinegar in the marinade will help make the chicken tender while the coating of spices will help prevent it from drying.
  2. If you have a BBQ Mat, use it. It makes clean up a breeze!
  3. Use a medium-high heat setting. You want to cook the chicken quickly and get lots of tasty charred bits. To do this, you'll need a hot BBQ.
  4. Let the chicken breasts rest for 5 minutes after they come off the grill.

How long to grill chicken breast

The ‘trick' to making juicy grilled chicken breasts is to not overcook them. Chicken breast is lean meat and it will dry out and become tough if you leave them on the BBQ for too long.

The best way to tell if your chicken breasts are ready to come off the grill is to use an instant read meat thermometer. Chicken should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. I use my meat thermometer to make sure I don't overcook the meat.

I've found that most chicken breasts are perfectly cooked after 18 minutes on the grill at medium-high heat. Smaller ones may need 2 minutes less time and larger ones may need 2 minutes more. I find it's best to cook the breasts for 9 minutes then flip them over and let them cook for another 7 minutes before testing to see if they are done. This way you won't risk overcooking them.

4 grilled chicken breasts with lots of tasty grill marks on a white plate.

Is this grilled chicken breast recipe healthy?

It sure is! Chicken breasts, which are lean meat, are low in calories and fat and high in protein. This recipe is made without any sugar. Often, grilled chicken recipes will call for sugar in the ingredients. But adding sugar increases the chance of the marinade burning. It's also totally unnecessary to take a healthy cut of meat and add a bunch of unhealthy sugar. Sugar-free is the way to go!

This recipe is also low-carb, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, and Whole30 compliant.

So yes, it's a very healthy grilled chicken recipe!

Once the weather cools down, make sure to check out my Perfect Baked Chicken Breast recipe. It's the oven baked version of this one and a great way to keep enjoying the flavors of this grilled chicken breast all year long. 

A close up of a slice of juicy grilled chicken breast.

What to serve with this grilled chicken

I like to serve grilled chicken with a simple salad and some grilled veggies. Here are a few of my favorites:

Side salads

Grilled veggies

Grilled potatoes

And of course, I like to have a Fizzy Lime Margarita in my hand while I'm at the BBQ!

A juicy grilled chicken breast sliced on a plate beside cauliflower salad.

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4 juicy grilled chicken breast on a plate with tasty grill marks all over them.

Grilled Chicken Breast

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 18 mins
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This is the BEST grilled chicken breast recipe! The chicken breasts are marinated in an easy to make wet rub using pantry staple spices then grilled until juicy and crazy delicious. With a few tips that I have, learn how to grill chicken breast so it is juicy and delicious every time.


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Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder and garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, salt, and pepper
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper. It will be a thick paste.
  2. Add the boneless chicken breasts to the bowl and mix well so they are completely coated in the marinade. Let them marinate while your BBQ heats up, or up to 8 hours.
  3. Preheat your BBQ to medium-high heat and oil the grates well. (Or use a BBQ matt for easy cleanup.) Grill the chicken breasts for 9 minutes on each side, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  4. Remove them from the grill and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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Juicy grilled chicken breast on a plate with the recipe title at the top of the picture.