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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.

Lemon BBQ Chicken

A delicious out-of-this-world lemon marinade for chicken that's easy to make and packed with flavor. This 4 ingredient chicken marinade recipe comes together quickly and is sure to please a crowd.
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Worldwide
Keyword 4 ingredient chicken marinade, lemon chicken on grill, lemon chicken recipe, lemon marinade for chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marination Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 177kcal


  • 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


  • Gather all the ingredients.
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  • In a glass mixing bowl, add water, salt, chicken, lemon juice and lemon shell. Marinate for 8 hours. Note - it's recommended not to use metal bowls due to the interaction with lemon's acidity.
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  • 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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  • Preheat grill to 350F.
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  • Once the grill is up to temp, reduce heat to medium and place chicken pieces on the grill. Close lid and cook for 7-14 minutes or until internal temp reaches 165F while occasionally rotating the chicken.
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  • Transfer chicken to a serving plate and serve with optional Yuzu
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Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 162mg | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg