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Easy Grilled Lemon Chicken

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I often say a fantastic dinner can be with a few ingredients, like my Grilled Lemon Chicken. Grilled Lemon Chicken might sound passè, but with a bit of love, it becomes elevated yet accessible. The secret is grilling fresh lemons to create complex flavors for our marinade. 

For the longest time, I wasn’t a chicken fan. I found most chicken to be bland, dry, and tasteless. After some research, I discovered that my dry chicken was caused for several reasons. 

  1. I was using chicken breast, and although it’s leaner & “healthier,” I find it’s not as flavorful as chicken thigh.
  2. Like so many, I wasn’t taking the extra few minutes to marinate my chicken. 
  3. Salmonella is a serious concern, but I find that fear causes a lot of people to overcook their chicken. According to most, chicken must only be cooked at 165° F. That means I usually cook it to around 160° F and rely on carryover cooking to sail the chicken past the 165° F mark.
Raw chicken in a bowl and surrounded by marinade ingredients and grilled lemons

Grilled Lemon Chicken Marinade

The easiest thing I do to create flavorful chicken is to make a quick marinade. Sometimes, hearing the word marinade, people think it takes long hours or days to marinate meat. The good news is that chicken doesn’t take long to absorb unique flavors. Usually, I only marinate my chicken for 30 minutes to 2 hours any longer, and the meat gets chewy. 

grilled lemons on a plate

Usually, any marinade I make consists of an acid to help tenderize the meat. That is where the grilled lemons play a crucial part in my marinade. I lightly spray the lemons with Chosen Foods avocado oil and grill them (on my Bull Grill) until they are lightly charred. Grilling the lemons will add tremendous complexity to the lemons and elevate our grilled lemon chicken.

lemons cut in half on a grill

Grilling lemons or other citrus can also be a fantastic way to create cocktails, mocktails, and other recipes. Many times, when a recipe calls for regular citrus, I’ll grill it and wow my friends and family.

chicken marinating in lemon marinade in a bowl on a pink napkin

Easy Grilled Lemon Chicken

Chef Anthony Serrano
Elevate dinner with our Grilled Lemon Chicken: rich flavors, simple steps. Perfect for families. Try it today!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 People


  • Bull Grillwww.bullbbq.com


  • 1 pound Chicken Thigh boneless skinless
  • 1/4 cup Mustard
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice grilled & strained
  • 1 tsp Herbs de Provence
  • 2 tbsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup Chosen Foods Avocado Oil
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp White Pepper


  • In a large bowl combine grilled lemon juice, herbs, salt, garlic, and white pepper. Whisk the ingredients together and slowly drizzle in all the avocado oil.
  • Toss the chicken in the marinade and allow to marinate for 30 minutes to 60 minutes covered in the fridge. That is plenty of time for the chicken to absorb the flavors. Any longer and the meat might become tougher because of the acidity in the lemon.
  • Place chicken on a medium-high preheated Bull Grill. Grill each side of the chicken for approximately 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat once the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165°.
  • Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes and serve with grilled lemon halves.
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By on October 21st, 2021

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