Grilled Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs with Herbs


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Grilled Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs with Herbs
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
8 chicken thighs


Herb Mixture:

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 medium lemons, zested and juiced

  • 5 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves stripped and finely chopped

  • 5 sprigs Fresh Sage

  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper


  • 8 (5 ounce) chicken thighs, trimmed

  • kosher salt to taste

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, or to taste

  • 2 medium lemons


  1. Zest and juice 4 lemons; reserve remaining 2 whole.

  2. Combine olive oil, lemon zest and juice, rosemary, sage, garlic, and crushed red pepper for marinade in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.

  3. Place chicken thighs in a single layer in a wide, flat dish. Add the herb mixture and massage to coat. Cover and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight.

  4. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

  5. Remove the chicken from the marinade and brush off any excess herbs and oil. Season generously with salt and drizzle with olive oil.

  6. Cut the 2 whole lemons in half and cut the tips off of the ends; this will allow the lemons to stand up without rolling around.

  7. Place the chicken, skin side-down, on the preheated grill. Grill chicken for 3 to 4 minutes, then rotate 90 degrees to create a crosshatch pattern. Grill another 3 to 4 minutes, then turn and grill until no longer pink in the center and juices run clear, 4 to 5 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  8. At the same time, grill the lemons, flesh-side down, alongside the chicken, until caramelized. Flip over to grill on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve with grilled chicken.

Cook's Note:

If doing a quick marinade, leave the chicken out of the refrigerator for up to 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

394 Calories
31g Fat
9g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 394
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 39%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 82mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 58mg 292%
Calcium 63mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 330mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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