Lemonade Chicken Recipe
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Lemonade Chicken Recipe

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It doesn't take a seasoned cook to turn out this scrumptious entree. Served with your favorite salad, it makes a wonderful summer supper. Try it with limeade or orange juice in place of lemonade. My family raves about every refreshing version.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced fresh mint or 1/4 teaspoon dried mint
  • 4 pounds bone-in chicken breast halves (8 ounces each)


  1. In a large resealable bag, combine the first five ingredients. Remove half of the marinade to a small bowl; cover and refrigerate. Add chicken to the bag; seal and turn to coat. Refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally.
  2. Drain and discard marinade. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 10 minutes on each side, basting occasionally with reserved marinade. Grill 5-10 minutes longer or until chicken juices run clear; basting and turning several times. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Lemonade Chicken in Country Woman July/August 2003, p33

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Jun. 23, 2011

"I made a paste of all the ingredients except the lemonade, and rubbed them all over the back & legs of a whole chicken. Then I placed it breast side down in a crockpot & poured the lemonade around it. Took about 5 hours on low and it was *fabulous.*

I poured all the juices from the crockpot into a glass container & tucked it into the fridge. The next day, I separated off the fat from the top and used the juices (plus some water) in my rice cooker with basmati rice.
I chunked the remaining cooked chicken, sautéed some onion, bell pepper & canned pineapple chunks and mixed it all together. Garnished with maraschino cherry halves, it was a perfect 2nd meal!"

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2011

"tasty! and so easy"

Reviewed Aug. 15, 2010

"Very good grilled chicken. We will make this again."

Reviewed Mar. 19, 2009 Edited Dec. 2, 2011

"I made this last summer and it was SO delicious! Never had a more flavorful, refreshing meal! Is good also with limeade and a little cilantro instead of mint."

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2008

"I don't grill either, but I do everything on my George Foreman.  I will try it that way and get back to you."

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