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One Hour Broiled Lemon Chicken

Easy One Hour Broiled Lemon Chicken. Broiling is a terrific method for quickly infusing flavour into this lemon chicken recipe, while ensuring the meat stays tender and juicy.

One Hour Broiled Lemon Chicken

One Hour Broiled Lemon Chicken

This is my kind of recipe; quick, easy and super tasty. It seems nobody broils anything any more but this recipe has taught me that maybe it is a grossly under-used cooking method.

I first saw this recipe idea on a TV show some weeks back and was struck by the short cooking time as well as the quick and easy preparation.

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

One whole chicken cut into 8 pieces.

I do recommend using a meat thermometer to get the cooking time exactly right. When you do, this chicken turns out succulent and juicy with plenty of lemon infused flavour. 

One Hour Broiled Lemon Chicken

One Hour Broiled Lemon Chicken

In terms of the amount of effort this takes to the level of flavour that results, I would probably have to call this the best lemon chicken recipe I’ve ever tried. Broiling the chicken also provides some very tasty pan drippings which I skimmed of excess fat and poured over the platter of chicken.

Lemons with leaves on a white background.

Organic unwaxed lemons are always best for zesting and in recipes like this Broiled Lemon Chicken.

Next time though, I will transfer the skimmed pan drippings into a gravy boat to serve with the chicken. This terrific dish will undoubtedly me made again and again at our house and I’m already thinking about more broiled chicken recipes.

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Originally published April 2013. Updated March 2020.
One Hour Broiled Lemon Chicken
Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Easy Broiled Lemon Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Easy Broiled Lemon Chicken - broiling is a terrific method for quickly infusing flavour into this lemon chicken recipe, while ensuring the meat stays tender and juicy.

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
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Juice of 2 large or 3 small lemons, reserve the peels for the roasting pan

Instructions

  1. Wash your chicken pieces well and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Add the chicken pieces to a large shallow pan. It is very important not to crowd the chicken pieces in the pan. They should not touch each other at all and should have at least a half inch of space between the pieces for good heat circulation and even browning. If necessary, us two smaller pans in order not to crowd the pieces together.
  3. To the pan add the olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano and lemon juice.
  4. Toss together well, massaging the chicken pieces well with the lemon, oil and seasonings.
  5. Spread out the pieces in the pan.
  6. Add the lemon peel pieces to the pan as well; the roasted lemon pieces add extra flavour to the pan drippings.

Use your judgement

  1. Because individual broilers vary greatly you will have to use some judgement in the cooking method and time to suit your individual broiler. I broiled this chicken on high but kept the pan on the second lowest rack from the bottom. Watch the chicken carefully so that it does not brown too quickly. If it does start to brown too quickly, lower the rack even further or if possible, turn the temperature down on your broiler. If your broiler is temperature controlled I would set it at about 400 to 425 degrees F.
  2. It is important to turn the chicken several times during the broiling time. I turned the pieces about 4 times during the 35-40 minute cooking time.
  3. 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 oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  4. Skim the excess fat from the pan drippings and serve with the chicken.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

g

Amount Per Serving Calories 580Total Fat 31gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 20gCholesterol 264mgSodium 379mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 66g

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.

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Tamara

Saturday 24th of October 2020

Hello and good day. Thank you for the recipe in advance. As I've aged LOL I have a hard time with bones in the chicken. Would this work okay for boneless or would it be to dry? I would greatly appreciate any recommendations you would have. Thank you once again.

Janice Winsor

Monday 30th of March 2020

Looks like delicious chicken. Can’t wait to try it. Love this website!

Helen

Saturday 11th of May 2019

Thanks for this - it looks like just the thing for our Sunday dinner! [As an aside, I've stopped washing chicken after the recent government health suggestions https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2019/05/04/do-not-wash-raw-chicken-cdc-warns-this-is-what-could-happen/#354bbd36286d ]

Rachelle

Friday 13th of February 2015

How much chicken would I use if I were to use chicken wings?

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 25th of March 2015

Sme amount but watch the time. These will cook faster.

Carol Ann

Thursday 4th of September 2014

Thank you for the broiling tips. It's been so long since I've broiled chicken I couldn't remember what I should do.

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