Lemon and Soy Sauce Marinated Chicken Breasts

4.71 from 75 votes

Easy to prepare for yourself or a crowd, lean chicken breasts are marinated in a lemon soy marinade then grilled or broiled until tender and juicy.

lemon soy chicken breasts on a plate

One can never have too many chicken recipes, am I right? We eat chicken at least 2-3 nights a week because it's versatile, affordable, and packed with protein. Today's chicken recipe is one of my favorite quick and easy go-to marinades. All of the ingredients can be found right in your pantry and it only takes minutes to prepare.

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Liz Marinading Chicken Breasts
Chicken Marinading
Chicken being marinaded

Dish Saving Tip: If you throw everything in a plastic bag and grill the meat - you create no dishes preparing the dish!

Creating the lemon soy marinade

To make the marinade, whisk together soy sauce, lemon, olive oil, and garlic in a medium bowl with a little salt and pepper. Add chicken breasts to the bowl and toss several times to coat. Marinade in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.

Liz Broiling Chicken

Tender Lemon Soy Marinated Grilled Chicken Breasts

This recipe serves 4 but I encourage you to make extras. Need a quick side dish to go with the chicken? Prepare brown rice and stir in fresh scallions and a bit of sesame oil and soy sauce. Leftover chicken tastes fabulous in a sandwich, salad, or wrap.

Lemon Soy Marinated Grilled Chicken Breasts

Frequently asked questions:

How do I grill chicken without a grill?

The broiler in your oven is essentially an indoor grill! Working with the same type of direct heat, you'll simply cook the chicken breasts under the broiler for about 4-5 minutes per side, flipping once, until chicken reaches an internal cooking temperature of 165 degrees.

What's the best type of brown rice to use?

Nishiki Sushi Grade Brown Rice. You can find it at any Asian market or purchase online. After many years of eating dull, mushy Uncle Ben's brown rice, this variety of brown rice is a welcome change of pace.
The firm texture and chewy bite make it well worth the 50 minutes it takes to prepare. My tip? Throw it in a rice cooker and you can literally walk away and forget about it until dinner time. My husband absolutely loves it and always asks for seconds.

Your fork is waiting.

📖 Recipe

chicken breast with soy marinade

Lemon and Soy Sauce Marinated Chicken Breasts

4.71 from 75 votes
Lean chicken breasts are marinated in a lemon-soy marinade then grilled or broiled until tender and juicy.
PREP: 35 mins
COOK: 15 mins
TOTAL: 50 mins
Servings: 4


  • 4 chicken breasts (about 6 ounces each)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic (grated)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • Toasted sesame seeds (optional garnish )


  • Place all ingredients in a large zip-lock bag and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or as long as you wish.
  • Grill or broil on medium-high heat until chicken breasts are fully cooked, about 4-5 minutes per side.
  • Garnish with toasted sesame seeds.
  • Leftovers taste great in sandwiches or on salads.


Serving: 1breastCalories: 255kcalCarbohydrates: 2.4gProtein: 35.5gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 0.9gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 920mg
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