Looking for a mouthwatering and simple chicken recipe? Look no further than BBQ Lemon Chicken! This zesty delight features tender chicken marinated in a refreshing lemon brine, delivering a burst of smoky citrus goodness with every bite. If you’re craving an easy and flavorful way to grill chicken to perfection, this recipe is your answer!
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Why I Love This Recipe
I always make this BBQ Lemon Chicken recipe because of its sheer simplicity and ease of preparation! This delightful dish belongs to the realm of worldwide cuisine and features boneless, skinless chicken thighs marinated in a sea salt and lemon brine, resulting in flavorful main course. The flavor profile strikes a perfect balance between smoky juicy tender chicken and citrus notes, making it a treat for those who savor a hint of tanginess in their grilled delights.
This recipe is the go-to choice for anyone in search of a hassle-free way to grill chicken to perfection. Similar to our beloved Baked Soy Sauce Chicken and Korean BBQ Marinated Chicken, it follows a comparable marinade approach, ensuring an irresistible addition to your collection of chicken recipes. Don’t miss out on this opportunity, treat yourself to the delightful flavors of this grilled chicken recipe today!
- Chicken – boneless and skinless chicken thigh.
- Water – used for the salt brine.
- Salt – sea salt preferred.
- Lemons – fresh lemons cut in halves into the brine.
Essential Kitchen Equipment
- Large Glass Bowl
Step 1 Combine water, salt, lemon juice, lemon shell, and chicken in a glass mixing bowl. Marinate for 4-6 hours at room temperature.
Step 2 Grill the marinated chicken at 350°F, covered, for 7-9 minutes per side.
Step 3 Serve with a wedge of lemon or lemon zest, and optionally garnish with parsley.
Pair with a classic Caesar Salad for a timeless combination. For an Asian-inspired twist, serve it with steamed vegetables and Miso Mayo Dipping Sauce. If you prefer a heartier side, opt for Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice, or make it a co-main dish with comforting Peruvian Chicken Soup. These choices add variety and complement the zesty chicken flavors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh lemons?
While fresh lemons are recommended for the best flavor, you can use bottled lemon juice as a substitute.
Can I grill the chicken on an indoor grill or stovetop grill pan?
Yes, you can grill the chicken indoors using an indoor grill or stovetop grill pan if you don't have access to an outdoor barbecue.
What type of salt is best to use for the salt brine?
Kosher sea salt is the preferred salt to use for the salt brine.
To store leftovers, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate. The chicken will remain fresh for 5-7 days. When reheating, use a microwave for a quick reheat.
Other Chicken Recipes You Might Like
- Creamy Lemon Chicken
- Spicy Baked Chicken With Sriracha Mayo
- Benihana Style Hibachi Chicken
- Chicken Satay With Peanut Sauce
Watch How To Make It
BBQ Lemon Chicken
- Gather all the ingredients.
- In a glass mixing bowl, add water, salt, chicken, lemon juice and lemon shell. Marinate for 4-6 hours. Note - it's recommended not to use metal bowls due to the interaction with lemon's acidity.
- Preheat grill to 350F.
- Once the grill is up to temp, reduce heat to medium and place chicken pieces on the grill. Close lid and cook for 7-9 minutes per side or until internal temp reaches 165F while occasionally rotating the chicken.
- Cut chicken in to bite size pieces and transfer chicken to a serving plate.