Dad’s Lemony Grilled Chicken

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 30 min.


8 servings

Updated: Oct. 22, 2022
Lemon juice, onions and garlic add tangy flavor to chicken when firing up the grill. —Mike Schulz, Tawas City, Michigan
Dad's Lemony Grilled Chicken Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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 5 ingredients until blended; stir in onions. Pour 1-1/2 cups marinade into a large shallow dish. Add chicken and turn to coat. Cover; refrigerate overnight. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  2. Prepare grill for indirect heat. Drain chicken, discarding marinade in dish. Place chicken on grill rack, skin side up. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat 15 minutes. Turn; grill until a thermometer reads 170°-175°, 15-20 minutes longer, basting occasionally with reserved marinade.

Nutrition 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.