Lemon Chicken

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4 servings

Lemon Chicken


Your BBQ called and it wants you to grill up this tangy chicken tonight. Pair it with a crunchy Greek salad and a side of creamy tzatziki.


  • 2 lemons
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 1/2 lb. meat , such as 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken breast or 8 drumstick or 2 pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 English cucumber , halved lengthwise
  • 1 1/2 cups Balkan yogurt , or Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped dill
  • 1 small garlic clove , minced (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Squeeze juice from lemons. In a large bowl, whisk lemon juice with seasonings. Slowly whisk in oil. Add meat, turn to coat, then cover and refrigerate. Marinate at least 1 hour or up to 3 hours, turning over occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, make Tzatziki Sauce: Using a spoon, scrape out and discard seeds from cucumber. Finely chop cucumber, and place in a bowl. Stir in yogurt, dill, garlic and salt. Sauce will keep well, covered and refrigerated, for up to 2 days.
  • When you’re ready, oil grill, then preheat barbecue to medium. Place meat on grill. Discard marinade. If grilling chicken, barbecue with lid closed; turn occasionally until cooked through and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of chicken (without touching bone) reads 180°F (82°C). If grilling pork, cook until internal temperature reaches 155°F (68°C). Cooking will take 20-40 minutes, depending on the meat you’ve chosen.
  • Remove from grill; cover loosely and let stand 5-10 minutes. If using pork, slice into rounds. Serve with Tzatziki Sauce.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 92,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 44 g,
  • Fibre
  • 27 g,
  • Sodium
  • 1 mg.

Originally published in the July 2011 issue. Photo by Yvonne Duivenvoorden.