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Grilled chicken breast on a plate aside bread, peppers, and salad.

Simple (And Juicy! And Delicious!) Grilled Chicken Breasts

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The brine recipe is from Cook’s Science. The marinade comes from this Dead Easy Steak Marinade


  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 to 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • lemon pepper, salt-free if possible, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons neutral oil or olive oil 
  • kosher salt to taste


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the salt and sugar in 1.5 quarts of cold water. 
  2. Place the chicken breasts on a clean cutting board. Cover with a sheet of plastic wrap, parchment paper, or wax paper. Use a meat mallet to pound the breasts to a thickness of 1/2 inch. Submerge the breasts in the water and leave for 30 to 60 minutes. I’ve also left the breasts in the brine for 3 to 4 hours without any adverse effects. I brine the breasts at room temperature if the brining period is going to be brief (under 1 hour), and I refrigerate the breasts if it’s going to be longer. 
  3. Remove the breasts from the brine, and pat dry.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, honey, and lemon pepper to taste — I use at least a teaspoon in the marinade. Let the breasts marinate for 15 minutes or up to 24 hours. 
  5. Heat a grill or a grill pan over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, brush with 2 teaspoons of the neutral oil or olive oil. Remove the breasts from the marinade, letting the excess marinade drip off. Place the breasts on the grill or grill pan — if you are using a grill pan, you’ll likely need to do this in batches. Season the top side of the breasts with salt. I like to sprinkle on a little more lemon pepper at this step. Cook 3 minutes. Flip. Season the cooked side with salt, and cook for 3 minutes more or until the chicken is cooked through. 
  6. Transfer the chicken to a plate to cool. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving. 
  • Prep Time: 60 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American