I love 30 minute marinades. Life gets so darned busy that I just don’t have time to spend hours preparing for a meal. This Rosemary Thyme Chicken is one of those super-fast recipes that is extremely tender and juicy and delicious!
We started playing a bit more with our chicken recipes lately and created Rosemary Thyme Chicken for three reasons:
- We love the taste of these two herbs in our recipes
- I have a ton growing in the garden already
- It only takes 30 minutes to marinade
Fast, Easy, and Delicious! My favorite elements of a recipe!
If you aren’t a fan of thyme, make it without like we do in the cast iron Grilled Rosemary Garlic Chicken. You can always keep the base of a recipe and switch it up a bit
🌿 Fresh Herbs
We use fresh herbs a lot, so when spring hits, we are planting early to allow to harvest as soon as possible. Everyone can plant herbs to use in their garden!
We live in a neighborhood that has a strict HOA, so we do not have the large, raised beds that we would like so we plant them in large pots on our deck (buy them at a TJ Maxx, Homegoods or the like to get the best prices!) A couple of years ago, Jason wanted to see if he could over-winter some and planted them by our lamp post in the front yard. Personally, I thought he was crazy, but they have done fabulous and he has been able to overwinter many herbs. So for about 8 – 9 months of the year, we can harvest herbs in Northern Virginia.
So maybe you can’t or don’t want to grow your own herbs, which is great as well. Your grocery store will often sell the live plants in addition to the pre-cut herbs in the plastic containers that you find by the vegetables. You can get herbs that are much fresher and will last much longer for less money!!
Here is a quick video of a girl that I think is adorable showing you how to take those pesky thyme leaves off!!! Yes, there is a trick and once you learn it, it makes it so much more enjoyable and you will use thyme more often!
🍲 Meal Preparation
I can’t get enough of 30 or even 60 minute marinades. They are quick, easy and make it simple for me to create homemade meals in no time without sacrificing flavor. This one is super simple! You will love it!
Combine the olive oil, fresh chopped rosemary, fresh chopped thyme and add your chicken breasts in a gallon Ziploc bag. Move it all around and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
🔥 Grilling Instructions
Step One: Set the grill to 375 degrees. If you have a kamado grill, remove the plate setter and use direct heat. For gas grills, just turn it on and dial in the temperature.
Step Two: Remove the chicken from the marinade and place them on the grill. I really enjoy using GrillGrates for the excellent job this accessory does with creating sear marks. Not only do they look great, the flavoring of the sear is outstanding!
Note: I love using the GrillGrate. It is the single best accessory I have for my grill. The fins get smoking hot, leaving delicious sear marks. In addition, the base prevents oils and juices from dripping into the coals, causing unwanted flare-ups.
Step Three: Set the grill for direct heat at 375 degrees. Depending on their thickness, estimate that the marinated chicken breasts will take 5-7 minutes per side. Always check the temperature though, and make sure it reaches 165 degrees.
Note: Boneless, Skinless chicken breasts will grill very quickly. If you are not careful, they can dry out. With a few easy-to-follow tips and tricks, you can have the juiciest boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
Other Grilled Chicken Recipes
Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs – Learn to make your own lemon pepper seasoning and avoid the nasty additives you find in store bought varieties.
Smoked Chicken Thighs – I love the combination of dry rub and the homemade sauce that is brushed on at the end of the smoke. This is perfect for your Kamado grill.
Smoked IPA Chicken Wings – Ready for Game Day? These wings will be the hit of the show and your friends just might spend more time eating them than actually watching the game!
Rosemary Thyme Chicken – 30 Minute Marinade
- 4 Chicken Breasts
For the 30 Minute Marinade
- ¼ cup Olive Oil
- 2-3 tbsp Rosemary fresh
- 2-3 tbsp Thyme fresh
Prepare the Marinade
- Combine marinade ingredients in a Ziploc bag and add in the chicken
- Work the marinade around the chicken to ensure uniform coverage
- Let sit for 30 minutes in the refrigerator
Grill the Rosemary Thyme Chicken
- Set the grill to 375 degrees
- Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade
- Place chicken breasts on the grill and cook for about 7 minutes on each side
- Make sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees before serving