Healthy BBQ Recipe: Easy Grilling for Guilt-Free Feasts

Get ready to savor a guilt-free BBQ feast with these delicious and healthy recipes that won’t sacrifice flavor for fitness!

Hold onto your spatula, because we’re about to flip the BBQ world upside down! Picture this: juicy grilled veggies, mouth-watering lean meats, and a flavor explosion that’s kind to your waistline. Get ready to unleash the healthiest and most tantalizing BBQ recipes that even your kale-loving friends will drool over. Say goodbye to boring salads and hello to guilt-free grilling heaven. Let’s fire it up!

Grilled Citrus Herb Chicken

grilled citrus herb chicken
A zesty burst of citrus combined with aromatic herbs makes this grilled chicken recipe a fresh and healthy BBQ delight. Perfect for those who want flavor without all the extra calories. It’s tangy, juicy, and crowd-approved.
  • Cooking method: Grilling
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Cuisine type: American


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 lemons (juiced and zested)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together lemon juice, lemon zest, minced garlic, olive oil, thyme, rosemary, salt, and black pepper. Let’s get that zesty party started!
  2. Add chicken breasts to the marinade. Make sure they’re totally covered as if they’re on a spa day. Marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours if you can bear the wait.
  3. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat (about 375°F/190°C). While waiting, do some chicken dance moves to warm up.
  4. Grill the chicken for about 6-7 minutes per side, or until a meat thermometer reads 165°F/74°C. No one likes raw surprises!
  5. Remove from grill and let it rest for 5 minutes—chicken needs a breather too!
  6. Slice and serve. Enjoy the applause.


  • Swap lemon with lime for a twist. Twist it good!
  • Add a pinch of chili flakes for some heat.
  • Serve with a side of grilled veggies for extra crunch and color.
  • Garnish with some fresh parsley to make it pop.
  • If you’re out of thyme (pun intended), use basil or oregano.
  • Use a meat tenderizer to even out chicken thickness for more uniform grilling.
  • Leftovers? Dice them up and toss into a salad. Boom, meal prep win!