lemon rosemary chicken sliced on a plate with fresh herbs and lemon slices

Why I love this lemon rosemary chicken

I haven’t always been a fan of chicken for dinner. It’s just so hard to cook a good chicken breast, but this simple lemon rosemary chicken marinade really livens up a boring chicken breast.

It’s packed full of flavor – zippy, citrusy lemon balanced by earthy, herbaceous rosemary – and broiled to perfection in the oven.

If you’ve never broiled chicken before, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by just how great it is – perfect charred on the outside and juicy on the inside – without much effort at all.

broiled chicken breast of a platter with fresh herbs and lemon slices

Here’s what you’ll need to make it

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broiled chicken breast on a platter with lemon slices

How to pound chicken

To help the chicken cook in the oven, it’s important to pound it to an even thickness. I always do that before marinating it and it doesn’t take long at all.

Simply cover the uncooked chicken with plastic wrap and use a meat mallet – or my favorite, the bottom of a small saucepan – to pound the thicker part of the chicken breast until it’s close to the size of the thinner part.

Repeat until you’re done with all pieces. When done, they should be less than 1 inch in thickness.

chicken marinating in a glass container

Make the lemon chicken marinade

Make the marinade. Combine the marinade ingredients in a large bowl, or the container you’re going to marinate the chicken in, and whisk to combine them.

Marinate the chicken. Put the chicken in an airtight container or zip-top bag and add the marinade. Make sure the chicken is submerged in the liquid and cover or seal.

Place the chicken into the fridge and let it marinate for at least an hour, but the longer the better. I normally do it overnight.

If you’re chicken isn’t completely submerged, try to rotate or move it around at some point to redistribute the marinade.

How to broil chicken breast

Start your oven broiler and give the oven some time to heat up, and make sure your oven rack is about 4″ from the broiler.

When the oven is heated, put the chicken onto a pan – I like to use a foil lined baking sheet – and put it in the oven.

Allow the chicken to broil for about 10 minutes total – or 5 minutes per side. I like to turn my chicken once to help it cook evenly, but you don’t have to as long as you make sure you’re cooking the chicken until it reaches 165˚F.

lemon marinated chicken breast on a platter with fresh rosemary and lemon slices

FAQs and tips about broiled chicken breast

Do you wash marinade off before cooking?

No. You don’t need to wash marinade off before cooking. In some cases, you might want to pat the meat dry before cooking to help the meat brown.

How long should you marinate chicken?

You should marinate chicken for at least one hour, but not longer than 24 hours.

Is it better to bake or broil chicken breast?

I think it’s best to broil chicken breast because it cooks the chicken quickly and it allows the chicken to brown more creating a more intense, flavorful chicken breast.

How long should I broil chicken?

Chicken breast should be broiled for about 10 minutes total, or 5 minutes per side. This is based on a 1-inch thick piece of boneless, skinless chicken breast, but can vary based on the thickness of each piece.

Can you broil on a cookie sheet?

Absolutely. I used to think you needed one of those weird broiler pans that comes with your oven, but I hated cleaning them so I switched to a foil lined baking sheet and it works just as well.

closeup of sliced lemon chicken with fresh rosemary on a plate

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Lemon Rosemary Broiled Chicken Breast

Marinated in fresh herbs, garlic and lemon juice, this easy lemon rosemary broiled chicken breast is full of flavor and super easy to make. Serve it with a salad or pair it with your favorite sides for a complete meal.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Broiling
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 sprig rosemary, chopped leaves only
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme, leaves only
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast, pounded to 1-inch thickness


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the marinade ingredients until combined.
  2. Place chicken breast into a container and over with marinade. Cover and allow the chicken to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat broiler to 550˚F and line a baking sheet with foil.
  4. Remove chicken from marinade and place onto prepared baking sheet. Broil for 10 minutes, turning once, or until chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165˚F.
  5. Remove from oven and allow chicken to rest for a few minutes before serving.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 182
  • Sugar: 0.2 g
  • Sodium: 77.7 mg
  • Fat: 5.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.7 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 30.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 99.3 mg

Keywords: dairy free, egg free, gluten free, easy, broiled, chicken, poultry, lemon, rosemary, healthy

Last Updated on October 14, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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