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Dad's Lemony Grilled Chicken Recipe

Dad's Lemony Grilled Chicken Recipe

Lemon juice, onions and garlic add tangy flavor to chicken when firing up the grill. — Mike Schulz, Tawas City, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 8 chicken drumsticks (2 pounds)
  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs (2 pounds)


  • 1. In a small bowl, whisk the first five ingredients until blended; stir in onions. Pour 1-1/2 cups marinade into a large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate overnight. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  • 2. Prepare grill for indirect heat. Drain chicken, discarding marinade in bag. Place chicken on grill rack, skin side up. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat 15 minutes. Turn; grill 15-20 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 170°-175°, basting occasionally with reserved marinade. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken drumstick and thigh: 528 calories, 39g fat (8g saturated fat), 129mg cholesterol, 318mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 38g protein.

Reviews for Dad's Lemony Grilled Chicken

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fensternat User ID: 8283025 252214
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2016

"Very good! Next time I'll try with breasts instead, as my family prefers them."

GigiMarieMeme User ID: 7494410 249618
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2016

"I followed the recipe exactly and it was only okay. I marinated the chicken in the refrigerator for two days, so I expected it to be very flavorful but it wasn't nearly salty or lemony enough."

KALS User ID: 3377630 228455
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2015

"We used a cut up chicken for this recipe. I only added one onion (Vidalia) because it looked like enough and I think it was. Prepare one day and grill the next. This would be an easy recipe for a workday meal. This is a nice summer recipe."

tsuop User ID: 6274346 120602
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2014

"I really enjoyed this. I added 1Tab. of Italian seasoning and marinated it overnight. It added a little extra omph! Will use this many times."

swinny User ID: 1858482 198709
Reviewed May. 22, 2014

"We had this for dinner tonight on the grill. Delish. I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts and would definitely make again. I threw everything into a plastic bag and marinated over night. No basting required and still moist and delish. We did use the direct method and only for 7 minutes on each side."

rebelwithoutaclue User ID: 4288906 190398
Reviewed May. 21, 2014

"This recipe is better than the version we have used forever. Thanks! 95% of our grilling, we do a ton of it, is over indirect coals. Place the thighs and legs away from the coals, skin side up, cover with lid with the vents wide open. In 50-55 min you have great juicy chicken. Do not turn, peek or baste during the cooking time. Marinating overnight is a plus. With this amount of oil your chicken skin will look and taste almost like fried chicken. Reheat marinade and baste at the table for a wonderful finishing touch."

mysticgardener User ID: 6103411 126403
Reviewed May. 21, 2014

"I use this same recipe for Cornish hens, it's excellent."

pschube User ID: 2658481 199239
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

"Very tasty! I used boneless skinless chicken breasts and marinated overnight."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 140913
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2013

"This came out moist and pleasant. I'm not sure that the marinade added as much flavor as I would have liked, but it was good."

Idahogem1 User ID: 4985974 213565
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2013

"This recipe was a hit in our house! I am so glad we tried it. I had my sister pick something for us to make for dinner and was kind of leery of the lemon chicken because normally I'm not a lemon fan but this surprised me and I loved it! We started it on the grill and had to finish it in the oven due to flare ups but it still turned out great! When we put it in the oven we dumped the remaining marinade on top and it was awesome! I made the recipe as listed except I didn't have quite the 2/3 cup of lemon juice. I used the juice of 4 fresh squeezed lemons. A great recipe that will make your family wanting more! We didn't have a piece leftover!"

Beema User ID: 446601 198705
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2013

"This is a variation of one of my own recipes, so I was already prepared to really enjoy it. Had to cut it down for two, very easy to do, and I did ours in the oven. Excellent."

ahmom User ID: 3426126 127730
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2013


rachellestratton User ID: 2983875 139774
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2013

"Very tasty. I doubled the recipe for extras during the week."

Cook_aholic User ID: 797539 139773
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2013

"I loved this. Used boneless skinless chicken at the time but it is really a good seasoning."

annrms User ID: 2649709 199238
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2013

"Easy to prepare; extra marinade to baste not really necessary. Indirect grilling kept the chicken moist. Very flavorful and tender."

mel7445 User ID: 3057977 139772
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2013

"Made this recipe tonight with boneless skinless chicken thighs. Grilled for about 6 minutes on medium heat. The flavor was mild enough for picky eaters and complex enough for foodies. Will definitely make several times this summer!"

sallyjojo User ID: 5675269 140912
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2013

"VERY good! Marinated for 2 days and grilled chicken with some of the onions from the marinade on top. Garlic and lemon flavors came through fabulously. Will definitely make again."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.