Lemon Basil Chicken

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I totally forget the origins of this recipe other then someone in my family. I’d guess it came from a book, but it’s so simple and fast to make, once you’ve read it, you don’t really need the recipe!


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp dried basil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp oil (Take your pick as to type)


  • Oven or grill
  • baking sheet


  1. Chop the chicken into pieces (I typically go for bits about the size of my thumb or smaller)
  2. Mix all four ingredients in a bowl
  3. Toss in the chicken and let it sit in the fridge to marinate for a bit (I tend to leave it for 20 mins or so)
  4. Broil the chicken on the baking sheet (with the marinade too, it helps keep it moist) for ~ 7 minutes a side, or until it starts browning
  5. Grill the chicken based on your grill settings, hotter is better to sear in the juices/flavour from what I’ve found

What you should know

This produces a fantastic piece of chicken that can be used hot or cold with a massive number of things (Pastas, salads, sandwiches).

It’s super fast to make / cook and always a crowd pleaser. Perfect for kids to mix up as well while you’re chopping the chicken ;-)

Re: Lemon Basil Chicken

If I were to suggest purple Thai basil here would I be on to something?

Re: Lemon Basil Chicken

I haven’t tried it with purple basil yet, though I have tried it with fresh basil instead of dried.

I find the dried basil gives is a more pronounced taste over the fresh (go figure), and that tends to be more flexible in terms of using for a lot of things.

Having said that, I’m intrigued about trying it with the thai basil.

Re: Lemon Basil Chicken

Did you end up trying the purple thai basil ?

Re: Lemon Basil Chicken

Not yet, but I will… and I will report back here.

Re: Lemon Basil Chicken