Lemon Sage Chicken Recipe

Grilled Chicken
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  • 77 mins
  • Prep: 65 mins,
  • Cook: 12 mins

Marinating budget-friendly chicken pieces in herb-laced lemon juice and oil allows this succulent lemon sage chicken recipe to stay juicy through the cooking process. Simple grilled or baked potatoes, a fresh chopped salad, and a plate of fruit turn this into a complete, wholesome meal.

What You'll Need

  • 2 pounds chicken pieces
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed and chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (reduce to 1/4 teaspoon if using sodium-containing chicken)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

How to Make It

Stir the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, sage, garlic, salt, and pepper until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Pour the lemon-sage marinade into a large glass baking dish; add the chicken to the dish, turning the pieces once to coat with the marinade. Cover the dish and refrigerate the chicken for 1 hour, turning the pieces once every 15 minutes.

Preheat a grill or brush a large skillet with oil and set it over medium-high heat.

Arrange all the chicken pieces on the grill or place the chicken, in batches, into the hot skillet. Discard the marinade. Cook the chicken for 4 to 6 minutes on each side. The chicken is done when the thickest part feels firm to the touch and tests 165F on an instant-read thermometer. Serve hot as an entree or refrigerate the chicken and serve it sliced in a salad.

This lemon sage chicken recipe makes 6 servings.