Here's How To Grill The Perfect Chicken Breast Every Time

I know what you’re thinking: Grilled chicken breasts can verge on boring. And, okay, it's true that if not prepared correctly, they can end up dried out or rubbery (no, thank you!). But when soaked in my super quick and delicious balsamic marinade, you’re guaranteed an absolutely irresistible main, perfect for serving with all your fave summer sides. Keep reading below the recipe for all my top tips on how to make juicy and flavorful grilled chicken breasts every time:

What People Are Saying:
"Grilling newbie here! This is the first recipe I've made on the grill and it was delicious!" - GreenScissors

"Tried this recipe for the first time, and I am hooked ! My sons usually grill for us, but I was on my own and looking for something quick and easy. It was both, and tasted delicious! Chicken was juicy and tender, and came out perfectly ! Will definitely be making this again!!" - jojo18

Yields: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 45 mins


  • 3

    cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1/4 c.

    balsamic vinegar

  • 3 tbsp.

    extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tbsp.

    brown sugar

  • 1 tsp.

    dried rosemary

  • 1 tsp.

    dried thyme

  • 4

    (6- to 8-0z.) boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • Chopped fresh parsley, for serving


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk garlic, vinegar, oil, brown sugar, rosemary, and thyme; generously season with salt and pepper. Reserve 1/4 cup in a small bowl for basting. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. Add chicken to the bowl and toss to combine. Let marinate at least 20 minutes at room temperatureor cover and refrigerate up to overnight.

  3. Prepare a grill for medium-high heat (or heat a grill pan over medium-high heat); preheat 5 minutes. Grill chicken, turning halfway through and basting with reserved marinade, until cooked through and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part registers 165°, about 6 minutes per side.

  4. Transfer chicken to a platter. Top with parsley.

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