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Oven-Fried Picnic Chicken

My great-grandson Austin eats only chicken, so it appears on the menu at every family gathering. This version, which marinates chicken in lemonade, is among his favorites.—Anneliese Deising, Plymouth, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + marinating Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    4-6 servings


  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  • Refrigerate 1/4 cup lemonade concentrate for basting. Pour remaining concentrate into a large resealable plastic bag; add chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 4 hours, turning occasionally.
  • Drain and discard marinade from chicken. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Add chicken, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat.
  • In a large skillet, brown chicken in oil for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  • Place chicken on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Brush with butter. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until juices run clear, basting with reserved lemonade concentrate every 15 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

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  • scalleja
    Feb 17, 2013

    This is one of my Son's favorite recipes. I marinate it overnight and it makes a GREAT Sunday dinner!!

  • cwbuff2
    Aug 4, 2012

    This is a tasty and different take on fried chicken. I thought maybe the lemonade concentrate would turn out too strong, but my family and I liked the tang the lemonade gave the coating. However, I suggest "dabbing" the butter and lemonade on, not "brushing" it which would disrupt the coating. In order for it to turn out a little more crispy, next time I think I'll baste the chicken only 2 times, not 3 as the recipe indicates, and I did marinate it overnight beforehand. Oh, and tell the food police to take a hike.

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    Jan 20, 2012


  • mom210
    May 30, 2011

    I should have marinated the chicken overnight for more lemon flavor, but still the family loved it. The skin had a nice crispness and the meat was very tender.

  • johnsen
    Mar 12, 2011

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  • loving good food
    Jan 26, 2011

    this was so delicious...if you prefer light chicken recipes then go to that the reviews for the ones that have tried and like the recipe please. thank you.

  • cherikzaiger
    May 30, 2009

    If I wanted a "light" recipe I would have looked in the "light" section. Perhaps dentaljenn is in the wrong area. This sounds great to me and I plan to try it! Thanks for the posting.

  • Sugarbusch
    May 24, 2009

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  • Terysen
    May 22, 2009

    I think it sound great and I plan on trying it. Thanks for the recipe.

  • dentaljenn
    May 21, 2009

    It's not in the light section for a reason guys.