Lemon-Garlic Chicken

A simple marinade of lemon and garlic is more than enough to make this chicken recipe a standout. For even more flavor, lemon peel and fresh sage are sprinkled on the chicken before serving.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins
4 servings


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (1 to 1 1/4 pounds total)

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced (see Tip)

  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, finely shredded (see Tip)

  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh sage

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or cracked black pepper


  1. Place each chicken breast half between two pieces of plastic wrap. Using the flat side of a meat mallet, pound each lightly until an even thickness (about 1/2 inch). Remove plastic wrap.

  2. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine lemon juice, oil and garlic. Add chicken. Seal bag; turn to coat chicken. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours, turning bag once or twice.

  3. Preheat broiler. Place chicken on the unheated rack of a foil-lined broiler pan. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 10 to 12 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (170 degrees F), turning once halfway through broiling and sprinkling with cheese for the last minute of broiling.

  4. In a small bowl, combine lemon peel, sage and pepper. Sprinkle over chicken just before serving.


Tips: For finely minced garlic, peel the garlic cloves; shred garlic with a Microplane(R).

Shredding hard cheeses with a Microplane(R) rather than a regular shredder gives you about four times the volume of fine, fluffy shreds. You get the same amount of cheese per serving, but it looks much more generous.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

188 Calories
7g Fat
2g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 chicken breast half
Calories 188
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 29g 58%
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Vitamin A 65IU 1%
Vitamin C 8mg 9%
Folate 7mcg 2%
Sodium 173mg 8%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 1mg 5%
Magnesium 29mg 7%
Potassium 265mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

Related Articles