Recipes Everyone Should Know: Simple Lemon Grilled Chicken for Summer

Lemon Chicken
Image source: Kelsey Banfield

When it comes down to recipes I think everyone should know how to make, this one is near the top of the list. Lemon chicken is always an easy, healthy dinner, and this version is grilled outdoors for summer. Of course, if you are lucky enough to live in an area where you can grill year-round, you will find this recipe especially suitable for you. I think the best way to impart terrific flavor into your grilled chicken is to marinate it for a few hours before grilling. I do this by marinating the chicken in a ziploc bag with all the ingredients and keeping it in the fridge. This way the meat is completely surrounded with the flavorful marinade. Then it is just a matter of grilling it up and serving. This fall I’ll post a great way to bake this for dinner, too. That is the best way to enjoy lemon chicken when it isn’t grilling season!

Simple Lemon Grilled Chicken

4 bone-in split chicken breasts
Juice of 5 medium lemons
1 cup olive oil, or more as needed
zest of 2 lemons
Kosher salt
4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1 pinch cayenne pepper

1. In a large bowl combine the lemon juice, zest, salt, garlic and cayenne. Pour the olive oil in while whisking to emulsify the marinade. Whisk it very thoroughly until it becomes almost liquid. Pour the liquid into a large ziploc bag. Add the chicken breasts, seal the bag well and swish the marinade all around the meat. You may need to use ziploc bags in the chicken breasts are large. Simple divide the marinade equally between each bag.

2. Store the chicken in the fridge until it you are ready to grill. It tastes best if allowed to marinate for at least 4 hours. It can marinate for up to 24 hours in the fridge if you need to make it far ahead of time.

3. Light the grill to medium flame and grill the chicken until cooked through. Discard the liquid from the bags carefully since it contained raw chicken. Enjoy!

Article Posted 5 years Ago

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