Homemade Lemon Herb Chicken Recipe
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Homemade Lemon Herb Chicken Recipe

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If you're looking for the perfect combination, the mild taste of apple-wood chips pairs well wine, herbs and citrus flavor.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried savory
  • 1 small lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 empty 12-ounce beverage can
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3-1/2 to 4 pounds)

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 380 calories, 24g fat (9g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 168mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 33g protein.


  1. Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Loosen skin from around the chicken breast, thighs and legs. Rub the butter mixture under the skin. Rub any remaining mixture into the body and neck cavities.
  2. Arrange four to six lemon slices under the skin on the breast and thighs. Tuck wing tips behind the back.
  3. Poke additional holes in top of the empty can with a can opener. Pour the wine into the can. Holding the chicken with legs pointed down, lower chicken over the can so it fills the body cavity. Place chicken over drip pan.
  4. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180°. Remove chicken from grill; cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Lemon Herb Chicken in Backyard Living November/December 2005, p52

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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sgronholz User ID: 1473861 221340
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2015

"This recipe is outstanding! The chicken had a wonderful, mild herb flavor and was very moist and juicy. I definitely will be making this again, especially since I think it would be fun to try different herb combinations. I used a 6# chicken and doubled the amount of the herb rub. I also roasted the chicken in the oven for 2 1/4 hours at 350 degrees because the of the frigid temperature outside. I can't wait to try this on the grill this summer!"

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