Lemon Chicken In Quick and Easy Marinade Recipe

Lemon Chicken In Quick and Easy Marinade Recipe


Fantastic Lemon Chicken recipe makes quick work of basic ingredients turning them into a wonderful meal good for dinner or barbecue.

Ingredients Chicken In Quick and Easy Marinade Recipe

  • 3-4 pounds chicken parts (thighs and legs recommended), skin-on, bone-in, trimmed of excess fat
  • 2 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp fresh chopped thyme (or 2 teaspoons dried)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chopped rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 Tbsp Jake's seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2-3 Tbsp melted butter
  • Lemon slices for garnish

Cooking Steps

1 Place lemon juice, lemon peel, garlic, thyme, rosemary, Jake's Seasoned Salt, and ground black pepper in a small bowl, whisk to combine. With the tip of a sharp knife, cut into each chicken piece one or two times by about 1/2 an inch. (This will help the marinade penetrate.) Place the chicken pieces and the marinade in a gallon-sized freezer bag. Rotate the bag so that all chicken pieces are coated with the marinade. Seal the bag and place in a bowl in the refrigerator (in case of leakage). Let marinate for 2 hours.

2 Preheat oven to 425°F. Remove chicken from marinade and place in a single layer in a large baking dish, skin side up. Reserve the marinade. Use a pastry brush to brush a little melted butter on to each piece of chicken.

3 Bake for a total of 50 to 55 minutes, until the skins are crispy brown, and the chicken is cooked through, juices running clear (breasts have an internal temperature of 175°F and thighs 175-180°F). Half-way through the baking, at about the 25 minute mark, baste the chicken pieces generously with reserved marinade.

Depending on the size of the breasts, they may be ready before the thighs, so if you are cooking a mix of chicken parts, keep that in mind, you may have to take them out of the oven before the thighs.

Let rest, covered in foil, for 10 minutes before serving.

4 Pour the juices from the pan into a serving bowl. Use a tablespoon to skim the fat off the top (save the fat for cooking with later, or discard, but do not discard down the drain or it will solidify and clog your drain). Serve the chicken with the juices on the side or a little poured over the top of the chicken.

Serve Chicken In Quick and Easy Marinade Recipe alone or with steamed rice and serve with asparagus, broccoli or parmesan broiled asparagus.  In addition this Chicken recipe goes great with garlic mashed potatoes.  

We've made this recipe numerous times and continue to share it with our friends.  I use it as a go to for those time when doing a barbecue meal just may not be good enough.  And if you have chicken available without much planned this makes a great option for your dinner table.  I shared this recipe with a great friend in the U.K and they love the recipe and try it often with their version of chicken and chicken marinades.  While I find a lot of the U.K. version foods somewhat bland this recipe drives up the flavor and gives the residents a taste of what we might enjoy on a daily basis.  

Serves 4-6.



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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 20 September, 2017.