Rosemary Chicken Breasts

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Garlic and lemon make these rosemary chicken breasts tasty, but they also pack a load of protein in a low-calorie meal.

Garnishing rosemary chicken breasts.

You can find me out at the grill as soon as the snow in Michigan melts, and I’ll stay there until the snow falls again! Grilling is a great way to cook your meals while saving on energy and keeping your kitchen clean. And this simple but delicious Rosemary Chicken Breasts is a great recipe to add to your rotation. Make extra chicken and use the leftovers on salads, wrapped in a pita with hummus, or for quick and easy taco night.


  • Chicken breasts: High in protein while low in calories, it’s a great meat option for a balanced diet.
  • Lemon juice and zest: Adds bright, citrusy flavor that pairs well with the undertones of the rosemary.
  • Garlic: Nutty, earthy, and robust in flavor, I’ll add garlic to almost anything.
  • Olive oil: Helps to coat the chicken and marinate in the rest of the flavors.
  • Rosemary: Aromatic with hints of evergreen, citrus, pepper, and sage.

How to Make Rosemary CHicken Breasts

Chopping rosemary

Start your Rosemary Chicken Breasts by freshly chopping some rosemary sprigs.

Freshly squeezing lemon juice

Then in a small measuring cup or bowl, start your marinade by adding the lemon juice.

Grating garlic into marinade

Then using a microplane, freshly grate your garlic into the marinade.

Adding salt to marinade

Add the chopped rosemary and some salt and pepper.

Adding olive oil to marinade

Then stir in the olive oil.

Pouring marinade over chicken

Next, in a large resealable bag, pour the marinade over your chicken breasts and let marinate for at least 30 minutes, but preferably overnight in the fridge.

Grilling rosemary chicken

Preheat your grill, and grill your chicken breasts over high heat for about 5 minutes per side.

Rosemary chicken breasts

Serve sliced or whole with fresh lemon slices as garnish, and enjoy your grilled Rosemary Chicken Breasts!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What do you serve chicken with?

I love to serve chicken with a rice pilaf, or with vegetables like my grilled asparagus.

Can I use thyme instead of rosemary?

Yes, thyme is a great replacement for rosemary.

Can I make this in the oven?

Yes you can! Using the broil function of your oven is almost like an indoor grill. Follow the same directions, but broil for about 5 minutes per side on high.

Grilled rosemary chicken breasts.

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Liz eating rosemary chicken breasts.

No matter how you choose to enjoy it, be sure to add this Rosemary Chicken Breasts to your regular rotation. With just 218 calories and over 30g protein per serving, it’s the perfect addition to any dinner plate.

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Rosemary chicken breasts

Rosemary Chicken Breasts

4.10 stars average
Garlic and lemon not only make this rosemary chicken breast recipe tasty but also packs 30 g of protein per 218 calorie serving.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 20 minutes


  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless skinless (about six oz each))
  • 2 lemons (juice and zest of both)
  • 3 cloves garlic (grated)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  • Place chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag.
  • Using a microplane, zest both lemons over a small bowl.
  • Add juice of both lemons along with all remaining ingredients and whisk to combine.
  • Pour marinade over the chicken and refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight.
  • Pre-heat grill pan or grill over high heat.
  • Cook chicken for 4-5 minutes per side or until internal temp reads 165 degrees or higher.
  • Serve chicken breasts whole or sliced.

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Good source of Vitamin C


Calories: 218kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 34.6gFat: 9.1gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 928mgFiber: 0.2g
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10 responses to “Rosemary Chicken Breasts”

  1. Angus Rose Avatar
    Angus Rose

    Absolutely lovely. So quick, so simple and so tasty. My kids love it.

    Is it on Yummly?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m not sure! I hope you love it tho!

  2. Linda Avatar

    I just made this tonight. It was so easy and so delicious and flavorful!!! I will definitely be making this throughout the summer!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it Linda! Let me know what other recipes you try!

  3. Elaine Avatar

    This is a flavorful recipe. I ate one the night I prepared them, one cold the next day and one reheated today. They were all good. I’m making more soon. Great recipe!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Great minds think alike – we had this for dinner TONIGHT Elaine!! Glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Kitty Avatar

    Last night I wanted chicken with a southwestern twist, so I substituted cilantro for rosemary and limes for lemons. It was great! I will do rosemary and lemon soon.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I love cilantro – what an amazing idea!

  5. keekee Avatar

    I made these chicken fingers tonight for dinner. They were sublime. I am glad that I found you on MYFOODDIARY. I can not wait to try another recipe tomorrow night.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      That is music to my ears – I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! Thanks for finding me and good luck on your journey with My Food Diary!