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Maple Rosemary Grilled Chicken

Maple Rosemary Grilled Chicken - Truly the best grilled chicken ever! It's wonderfully sweet and savory with just so much flavor with the simplest marinade!

Truly the best grilled chicken ever! It’s wonderfully sweet and savory with just so much flavor with the simplest marinade!

Maple Rosemary Grilled Chicken - Truly the best grilled chicken ever! It's wonderfully sweet and savory with just so much flavor with the simplest marinade!

Happy Monday!

Butters and I have not moved off the couch since Saturday night.

Because, guys, we just went to our very first So Cal Corgi Beach Day over the weekend!

It was…EPIC. Legit epic. There were so many corgis, including baby corgis, and even one in a wheelchair wearing a cape and sunglasses!

I basically wanted to take every single corgi home.

But don’t worry. I didn’t.

Maple Rosemary Grilled Chicken - Truly the best grilled chicken ever! It's wonderfully sweet and savory with just so much flavor with the simplest marinade!

Instead, I came home and grilled lots of chicken breasts.

But not just any chicken breasts.

I soaked the crap out of them with the best marinade ever!

All you need is some pantry-friendly ingredients.

That’s it. Marinate them and throw them on the grill.

Serve with veggies or in quesadillas or even with some scrambled eggs with your breakfast. It’ll be a huge staple in your household this summer!

Maple Rosemary Grilled Chicken

Truly the best grilled chicken ever! It’s wonderfully sweet and savory with just so much flavor with the simplest marinade!

45 minutes10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary


  1. In a small bowl, combine maple syrup, soy sauce, 2 tablespoons olive oil, shallot, rosemary, lemon juice, Dijon and garlic; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. In a gallon size Ziploc bag, combine maple syrup mixture and chicken; marinate for at least 30 minutes to overnight, turning the bag occasionally. Drain the chicken from the marinade, discarding the marinade.
  3. Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  4. Brush chicken with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add chicken to grill, and cook, turning occasionally, until chicken is completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 10 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately, garnished with rosemary, if desired.

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  1. Yo, I love maple syrup and pan seared chicken. Your recipe has great reviews, but what if I cannot have soy sauce? Is there a healthy substitute option?


    • I’ve heard that coconut aminos can be used as a substitute for soy sauce! (It has less salt but is NOT low-sodium). I haven’t personally tried it, so you may need to adjust the amounts

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    This marinade is amazing! I think we made it at least 8-9 times this summer. The flavours are perfectly balanced and the chicken came out super tender. We made it both on the BBQ but also a couple of times in a cast iron frying pan just on the stove. We also used both chicken breasts as well as chicken tenders and it always turned out super tasty. A new summer favourite for our family!

  3. Same with this recipe. Any tips and tricks for cooking recipes that normally would be cooked on the grill in an oven instead? I do t have a grill and I live in a condo. 

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazing recipe. I love mapley rosemary flavors and this was perfectly sweet and savory. Will definitely make again. I dont have a grill so I seared it in a skillet then finished in the oven. It was still nicely moist.

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    Made this tonight for dinner. Marinated overnight in ziplock baggy. I made it just as directed…. our only complaint was too much rosemary for us. Next time only use 1tbsp of the fresh herb. Otherwise a great easy, tasty protein! Served with mashed potatoes and California vegetables. 

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious! We used boneless chicken thighs instead of breasts. 

  7. What do you think about using this marinade for boneless chops? I’ve found that I’ve been able to interchange most chicken and pork marinades.

  8. I made this today, after buying a huge bottle of real maple syrup from Costco. No fresh rosemary or lemon on hand, so I used dried rosemary and bottled lemon juice. I grilled the chicken on the stove with a cast iron grilled pan and served it with rosemary roasted potatoes. It was damn delicious! Thanks for a great recipe!

  9. Omg, I made this recipe, and it was amazing.  I loved it, and so did my family.  I cut the into slices like a filleted fish.  I did not marinated my chicken over night, only because I forgot to do so.  However, I did get up early that morning, and marinated most of the day before cooking it on the grill, and it still tasted amazing.  Thanks for this recipe, because my family loved it.  I will be making it again today for dinner, this time I let it marinated over night.  I am sure it still will be mouthwatering.

  10. When I made this for my family, my husband said after the first bite that it was the best marinated chicken he has EVER had. Both of my kids loved it too. My husband keeps requesting it ever since. Absolutely delicious!

  11. What would you recommend as sides for this for dinner? I’m marinating this for tonight.

  12. Great recipe! A huge hit with my family. I marinated it for about an hour and was still so moist and flavorful. This one’s going in regular rotation!

  13. I made this last night. My picky family (6 of us) loved it. I started the marinade in the morning and the result was awesome flavor. While the chicken was marinading I put leftover lemon and rosemary in a pot of water and let it boil for awhile. My whole house smelled wonderful.

  14. I love this recipe! I actually put it all in a ziploc bag in the freezer (part of my weekly market day is prep and freeze day, so meals are ready throughout the week). As it thawed it marinated in the fridge, and was great for grilling. All my children liked it. Adding this to my meal plan!

  15. Made our first recipe with sausage and green beans on the grill. Its now on our favorites and I will recommend your blog to everyone I know.

    Today trying the Rosemary chicken

  16. Hello! What are your thoughts on using honey instead of maple syrup? Do you think it would taste good? I have honey leftover from the honey garlic sauce and I don’t have any maple syrup.

    • Hi Hayley! Honey sounds like an amazing idea but unfortunately, without having tried it myself, I cannot really say with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment when making substitutions and modifications.

  17. I marinated this chicken overnight, throughout the workday, and it was grilled to amazing, delicious perfection tonight! This one is going in the recipe box! I took a photo of it…not quite a blog-worthy photo…but oh-so good!

  18. I made this last night & it is delicious.  We marinated it for a day & it turned out wonderfully! Great recipe, thank you!

  19. I have this marinating right now for tonight!  If I bake it do I need to get rid of all of the excess marinade before baking, or can I cook it in the excess marinade? 

  20. What is Dijon? 

  21. I had a couple of precooked (grilled) chicken breasts in my freezer that really needed to be used. I defrosted them today, then I saw this recipe and said “why not?” I actually mixed your marinade as a sauce, simmered it in the microwave to cook the shallots and blend the flavors, and then placed the sliced chicken in a pan, and added the marinade. In fifteen minutes, I had a fabulous chicken that I poured over brown rice with green beans on the side.

    That marinade makes a marvelous sauce, and I will make it again and again. What is so good about it is the sweetness combined with the mustard, which makes it slightly tangy and not cloying in any way. Thanks so much for such a wonderful addition to my cooking repertoire!

  22. Can you use the pancake waffle maple syrup or is the real stuff? It’s just that real maple syrup is so expensive and honestly I prefer the pancake syrup.

  23. Hi looks good I have more chicken thighs I want to use would they be ok instead of the breast chicken. Marilyn

  24. Can this recipe be baked instead of grilled?

  25. This chicken looks amazing! I need this in my life!