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Lemon Grilled Chicken

"My mother relied on this recipe when I was growing up," recalls Ellen Seidl of Norfolk, Nebraska. "Its mild lemon taste reminds me of summertime."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. + marinating Grill: 40 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up


  • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first seven ingredients. Remove 1/4 cup for basting; cover and refrigerate. Add chicken to the bag; seal and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Drain and discard marinade from chicken. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 20 minutes. Baste with reserved marinade. Grill 20-30 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 170°, basting and turning several times.
Editor's Note: This recipe can also be prepared in the oven in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until juices run clear.

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  • PaigeIdzerda
    Jul 2, 2011

    This is a great recipe, we make this quite often, I usually do legs or leg quarters and remove the skin before marinating overnight. This marinade gives chicken a wonderful flavor!

  • wintermom9597
    Mar 15, 2010

    Great flavor, even though I wasn't able to marinate it as long as the recipe called for.

  • princesapg
    Nov 12, 2009

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  • JTullar
    Jan 4, 2009

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  • wynne50
    Nov 4, 2008

    good flavor! I baked it in the oven. to make it showy I topped each piece with a thin lemon slice,and then sprinkled green onions and chopped almonds over the top. I added cornstartch to some of the juice and returned it to the oven to glaze and thicken the chicken - wonderful!