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The Best Marinated Grilled Chicken

Juicy, lemony, flavor-packed grilled chicken
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Marinating Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 55 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: barbecue, chicken, grilled, lemon
Servings: 4


  • Grill


  • 2 tbsp minced lemongrass
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 20 garlic cloves peeled and smashed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 tbsp dry mustard
  • 2 tbsp worchestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 pounds chicken pieces bone-in, skin-on


  • Combine all the ingredients except the chicken pieces and mix well. Pour into a resealable bag or container.
  • Using the tip of a sharp knife, cut several tiny slits all over the chicken pieces. Place the chicken in the container with the marinade and turn to coat.
  • Refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
  • When ready to cook prepare a grill for indirect heat. If using a charcoal grill, light the charcoal and wait until the coals are ready. Then bank the coals to one side so there is a cool side to the grill. If using a gas grill, light all the burners to high and preheat to about 400°. Turn off all but one burner and use the unlit side as the cooking area.
  • Once your grill is preheated or the charcoal is ready, remove the chicken from the marinade and pat dry. Oil the grill grates and place the chicken skin side down on the cool side of the grill (indirect heat). Grill for 15 minutes. Turn the chicken over and cook another 10 minutes.
  • When the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165° move the chicken pieces over the direct heat and grill for about 5 minutes. If you are using barbecue sauce, brush the sauce on the chicken now. Turn the chicken as needed to brown and crisp the skin, being careful not to burn it.
  • Remove the chicken from the grill and let rest for at least 10 minutes before serving.


Lemongrass can be found at many grocery stores and all Asian markets. If you’ve never used lemongrass before watch this video for how to easily prep it: https://youtu.be/F8ivUqbcLfc