Skip to Content

Grilled Lemon Chicken

Grilled Lemon Chicken. A super simple, easy marinade with few ingredients is all you need to add bright fresh flavour to the summertime grill. Delicious!

Grilled Lemon Chicken close up photo of cooked chicken on a white platter

Super Easy Grilled Lemon Chicken.

It’s no surprise to anyone who reads this blog regularly that I love my summer barbecues. There have been numerous recipes over the years, many featuring my now famous Smokin’ Summer Spice BBQ Seasoning.

There have also been many made with one of a growing collection of Homemade BBQ Sauces. With these sauces and the BBQ seasoning mix, there are endless possibilities for bringing juicy, succulent, chicken, pork, beef or lamb to the table.

Grilled Lemon Chicken when it forst hits the grill

Grill on low or medium low to prevent flare ups.

Sometimes though I like to take a break from traditional BBQ recipes and stick with something simple. Our Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken or Grilled Pork Souvlaki are great examples of this approach.

Something simple and flavourful for the grill.

We have enjoyed many such meals already this summer already. But with yet another whole chicken defrosting in the fridge, I decided I needed some similar inspiration.

One whole chicken on a white plastic cutting board cut into 8 pieces

One whole chicken cut into 8 pieces

There is practically always a bag of lemons hanging around our kitchen. Often too many because of the “Costco curse”; that moment when you buy more of a thing than you should because of the low price. 

Please don’t get Spouse started on black peppercorns! We have enough here to pass on to our yet unborn grandchildren!

But I digress. Lemon and chicken are a naturally delicious combination and I suddenly thought of my recipe for Broiled Lemon Chicken. We often serve that during the winter months.

Grilled lemon chicken and lemon halves on a hot grill

Turn the chicken several times during the grilling time to ensure even cooking.

Why hadn’t I thought of doing a similar recipe on the grill? The slight char from the grill plus a bit of a smoky touch added from grilling lemons was sure to be delicious.

Grilled Lemon Chicken, the result.

It did not disappoint. With a last minute squeeze of the grilled lemons over the chicken on the serving platter, it quickly disappeared in no time.

So much for that leftover chicken sandwich I had planned. Next time I’ll grill 2 chickens. I’ll bet those leftover chicken sandwiches will be excellent.

Grilled Lemon Chicken photo of chicken on a whiote platter with salad in background

Super Easy Grilled Lemon Chicken.

Need side dish inspiration too?

We have plenty more summer side dish inspiration to explore. Everything from baked beans & corn bread to deliciously different potato and pasta salads. Be sure to check out our collection of 35 Best BBQ Side Dishes

26 Best Barbecue Side Dishes photo collage for Pinterest 

Like this Grilled Lemon Chicken recipe?

You’ll find hundreds of other great ideas in our Chicken Recipes Category and even more in our BBQ & Grilling Category.

It’s easy to keep up with the latest home style cooking & baking ideas from Rock Recipes. Be sure to follow Rock Recipes Facebook Page and follow us on Instagram

Plus you’ll see daily recipe suggestions from decadent desserts to quick delicious weekday meals too. 

Grilled Lemon Chicken photo with title text added for Pinterest

You can also sign up for our FREE newsletter to know immediately when we add new recipes. You’ll also get weekly suggestions for great family friendly  meals and desserts too!


Rock Recipes a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Our product recommendations are almost exclusively for those we currently use or have used in the past.
 
Visit my Amazon Store for my favourite kitchen gadgets and appliances, plus recommendations from my personal cookbook collection.
Grilled Lemon Chicken close up photo of cooked chicken on a white platter
Yield: 4-6 servings.

Grilled Lemon Chicken

Grilled Lemon Chicken. A super simple, easy marinade with few ingredients is all you need to add bright fresh flavour to the summertime grill. Delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken cut in pieces, or about 3 lbs chicken pieces
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice of 2 large or 3 small lemons (Plus one lemon for grilling.)
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 tsp dried oregano (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wash your chicken pieces well and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Add the chicken pieces to a large Ziploc bag. 
  3. To the bag add the olive oil, salt, pepper, (optional oregano) and lemon juice.Toss together well, massaging the chicken pieces well with the lemon, oil and seasonings.
  4. Let the chicken marinate for up to an hour.Preheat your grill to low or medium low heat.
  5. Add the chicken pieces to the grill along with the extra lemon, cut in half with the cut side down.
  6. Use your judgement and grill the chicken pieces until fully cooked. It is important to turn the chicken several times during the grilling time. I turned the pieces about 4 times during the 35-40 minute cooking time.
  7. Cooking time will vary, depending on the size of the pieces.
  8. Use a meat thermometer to take a reading from the center of the largest pieces of chicken and when the internal temperature reaches 170 degrees F remove the pieces from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes.
  9. Just before serving, squeeze the grilled lemon halves over the cooked chicken.

Notes

Another great idea , instead of using the optional oregano is to sprinkle fresh chopped basil on the chicken before serving. Lemon and basil go very well together.

Nutritional information based upon 6 servings.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 571Total Fat 37gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 24gCholesterol 213mgSodium 356mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 55g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Did you like this recipe?

Do you love our "Real food recipes for real people'? Share the recipe on Facebook to let your friends know about us. They'll thank you for it.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

camery robert

Wednesday 9th of December 2020

Hey Its really looks awesome. a must try i must say.....every time i need a ready made chicken dish or even a beef. i order from Tandoori Eh.

Eve wood

Saturday 15th of August 2020

Very good site recommended by my brother

Eve wood

Saturday 15th of August 2020

Very good site

Erin

Friday 14th of August 2020

The ingredients list does not shoe the oregano (or qty) you mention in the directions. Fresh or dried? Quantity?

Barbara

Friday 14th of August 2020

I don’t see the amount of oregano in the recipe. And do you use dried or fresh?

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Skip to Recipe

Sharing is Caring

Help spread the word. You're awesome for doing it!