Lemon BBQ Chicken

A lemon brine marinated chicken thigh recipe grilled until tender packed with BBQ flavors.  This is a sure fire chicken recipe that is sure to please the crowd!

Ask my daughter what she wants to eat and her answer will most likely be lemon chicken.  That’s how much she loves this dish!

Lemon BBQ chicken served on a plate with a wedge of lemon, side of Japanese yuzu kosho and topped with fresh chopped parsley being picked up with a silver fork.

I don’t blame her because this lemon chicken recipe is really GOOD!

This is a family recipe and it’s made by combining lemon juice and the halves in salted water then letting the chicken marinate in it for 8 hours or overnight.

The result is juicy chicken full of lemony flavor grilled to perfection.  So easy at that with only 5 ingredients!

What is Lemon BBQ Chicken?

Chicken thighs are marinated in lemon brine then grilled on the barbecue.  This recipe pairs well with Yuzu Kosho, a Japanese paste made from chili peppers, yuzu peel and salt.

Chicken thigh prepared on a wooden cutting board for marinating.

Why do you use chicken thigh rather than chicken breast for barbecuing chicken?

For the juiciest barbecue chicken, always go with chicken thigh.

Since it’s dark meat, it’s fattier and will retain more moisture when grilling resulting in soft and juicy chicken.

Do you have any tips on making Lemon BBQ Chicken?

  • The longer you marinate, the more flavorful your chicken will be.  I recommend at least 10-12 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Make sure to preheat the grill before grilling.
  • Once you start grilling, cook on low fire and cover the BBQ to incorporate the smoke into the chicken.  Try to maintain 350 degrees F.
  • Try to have a clean grill to avoid flame ups when grilling.

Chicken thigh being marinated inside a lemon brine for BBQ grilling.

Do you have any other grilled chicken recipes I can try?

Now, let’s BBQ this lemon chicken recipe!

  • Prepping Time 5M
  • Marination Time 8-12H
  • Cook Time 10M
  • Total Time 8H15M
  • Net Carb/Serv ~5g
  • Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Chicken Thigh Skinless and Boneless (about 3-4 chicken thighs)
  • 3 Cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 4 Large Lemons
  • 1 tsp Yuzu Kosho (optional)

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) In a glass mixing bowl, add water, salt, chicken, lemon juice and lemon shell.  Marinate for 8 hours to overnight.  Note – it’s recommended not to use metal bowls due to the interaction with lemon’s acidity.

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3) After marination, pat chicken dry with a paper towel and cut into 1″ x 1″ cubes.  Note – you can BBQ the chicken whole and cut it into pieces afterwards if preferred.

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4) Preheat grill to 350F.

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5) Once the grill is up to temp, reduce heat to medium and place chicken pieces on the grill.  Close lid and cook for 7-10 minutes or until internal temp reaches 165F while occasionally rotating the chicken.

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6) Transfer chicken to a serving plate and serve with optional Yuzu Kosho.

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Lemon BBQ Chicken

A lemon brine marinated chicken thigh recipe grilled until tender packed with BBQ flavors. This is a sure fire chicken recipe that is sure to please the crowd!
5 from 5 votes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Worldwide
Keyword: easy lemon chicken, grilled chicken recipe, lemon chicken recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marination Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 176kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Chicken Thigh Skinless and Boneless, about 3-4 chicken thighs
  • 3 Cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 4 Large Lemons
  • 1 tsp Yuzu Kosho  optional

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Lemon Chicken BBQ Recipe (20)
  • In a glass mixing bowl, add water, salt, chicken, lemon juice and lemon shell. Marinate for 8 hours to overnight. Note - it's recommended not to use metal bowls due to the interaction with lemon's acidity.
    Lemon Chicken BBQ Recipe (7)
  • After marination, pat chicken dry with a paper towel and cut into 1" x 1" cubes.  Note - you can BBQ the chicken whole and cut it into pieces afterwards if preferred.
    Lemon Chicken BBQ Recipe (22)
  • Preheat grill to 350F.
    Lemon Chicken BBQ Recipe (1)
  • Once the grill is up to temp, reduce heat to medium and place chicken pieces on the grill. Close lid and cook for 7-10 minutes or until internal temp reaches 165F while occasionally rotating the chicken.
    Lemon Chicken BBQ Recipe (23)
  • Transfer chicken to a serving plate and serve with optional Yuzu
    Lemon Chicken BBQ Recipe (2)

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Nutrition

Calories: 176kcal | Protein: 15g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 3563mg | Potassium: 154mg | Vitamin A: 114IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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