Lemon Lime Marinated Chicken


July 20, 2010 by Dana

Have you ever heard someone say “it’s so hot you can fry an egg on the sidewalk”?  I have.  And I’ve always thought the people that said it were a little… off.  I mean, come on.  Cooking an egg on the sidewalk?  That’s ridiculous.

… Or is it?  I must admit, the recent heat wave in NYC has made me reconsider my stance.  It is just SO hot and humid outside.  Even with yesterday’s rain and “cold front” it only cooled down to 80°.  I’m starting to think that I really could cook something on the sidewalk.  Maybe.  I don’t know.

But what I do know for sure is that it is too hot to cook anything inside.  The thought of turning on my oven in this unrelenting heat and humidity is truly unbearable.  So here’s a recipe that will keep your apartment cool and your stomach full…  There’s no need to turn on the oven with this easy and delicious Lemon Lime Marinated Chicken recipe for the grill.


Juice of 2 lemons
Juice of 2 limes
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
1-2 lbs Chicken*

* The great thing about this recipe is that you can use whatever chicken you prefer.  Jake requested chicken thighs on the bone, and I prefer boneless skinless chicken breasts.  I threw all of the chicken in one large ziplock and marinated them together.  No extra work and everyone is happy!


1.  In a shallow dish, combine the lemon and lime juice with the thyme, red pepper flakes, garlic, oil, salt, and black pepper.

2.  Prick the chicken with a fork.  Add chicken pieces and marinade to a large ziplock bag and make sure chicken is coated well.  Let marinate for at least 2 and up to 24 hours.

3.  Grill the chicken over moderately high heat.  For breasts, grill for 8 to 10 minutes, turn, and cook until the chicken is just done, about 10 minutes longer.  Thicker pieces, like bone in thighs, will take a litle longer.  Cook until chicken is no longer pink, and juices run clear.

If you have the time, definitely let the chicken marinate overnight.  The result is very moist and very tender chicken, with a little kick from the pepper and a little tang from the citrus.  Delicious!


8 thoughts on “Lemon Lime Marinated Chicken

  1. niconica says:

    Sounds like a good idea. :) I’ll give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers, Niconica

  2. I am trying this tonight! Chicken is marinating as we speak!

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