Dad’s Lemony Grilled Chicken
Total TimePrep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 30 min.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
Nutrition Facts1 chicken drumstick and thigh: 528 calories, 39g fat (8g saturated fat), 129mg cholesterol, 318mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 38g protein.
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Aug 4, 2016
Very good! Next time I'll try with breasts instead, as my family prefers them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 21, 2014
I use this same recipe for Cornish hens, it's excellent.
Aug 13, 2013
Very tasty! I used boneless skinless chicken breasts and marinated overnight.
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.
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!