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Lemon Herb Chicken
Lemon Herb Chicken

Lemon Herb Chicken, we live in a community where everyone has fruit trees and this time of year we trade citrus with each other. Thanks, Rudy for all the lemons. We used bone in thighs because they were a great price, but you can do these just as well with bone in chicken breasts. We marinated them over night, it would work just as well for a minimum of six hours.

Patti and I have set one night a week just for us. It’s our date night. We usually put something special on our Green Mountain Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker but sometimes we cook inside. We always eat outside on our patio where it is very comfortable with a rainforest theme.  Wood Pellet Patio Heater, little lights, candles, lanterns and surround sound. We enjoy a little wine, or strawberry margaritas using frozen strawberries for ice, good food, music and sometimes a dance or two…

Lemon Herb Chicken
A Gas Grill Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus marinate time
Cook Time: 30 minutes @ 400* (205c)
Grill: Gas
Pellets: Green Mountain’s Fruitwood Blend BBQ Pellet

Ingredients: Lemon Herb Chicken

  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs

Ingredients: Marinade

  • 1 cup Italian salad dressing
  • ¼ cup fresh rosemary, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 8 ozs. fresh lemon juice

Lemon Herb Chicken
A Gas Grill Recipe

What You Need for Smokin on Your Gasser: 

First, you need a grill that burners go front to back.

You need to be able to control the burners, by shutting off some of the burners while at the same time be able to control the temperature on other burners. I always light the left burner and turn the rest off. But it doesn’t matter if you use the left or right burner. You need at least 3 burners with 4 being even better.

You need oven thermometer, so you can see the temperature of the meat at/on your grill grate. Your hood thermometer won’t help, you don’t care the temp is up there, but you need to know what it is where the meat is.

I use a Maverick XR50 using 2 probes, one for the meat and one for the grill level. I also use the hand held Maverick ProTemp Instant Read Thermometer for checking meat temps.

Then, you need a “Smoke Box” and the “Wedgie” is a great one. The cool thing about using the “Wedgie” is that “BBQ Pellets on Line” sells 1, 3 or 10-pound bags of pellets so you don’t have to buy a big bag that will last a year and makes it easy to mix and match pellets for the smoke flavor you want. They have over 21 different flavors of pellets! 

Lemon Herb Chicken
A Gas Grill Recipe

Cooking Directions: Lemon Herb Chicken

In a large freezer bag or marinater add chicken.

In a small bowl, blend marinade ingredients and add to chicken.

Seal well and refrigerate (we did overnight). Turn bag every so often to evenly coat chicken.

Preheat your grill to 400* (205c) and light your wedgie. We put some Grill Grates on the gasser for tonight’s cook.

Place chicken directly onto the “Hot” grill. Give them about 15 minutes or so until you flip them. This will vary a bit on different grills, but you’ll know it’s ready to flip when the chicken doesn’t stick to the grill.

You want to cook by internal temperature rather than time tonight again due the different grills will cook a bit differently. I like an internal temperature around 170* to 175* (77c) because I think the meat flakes apart nicely at that temp..

When the chicken reaches an internal temperature around 170* (77c) pull it off, cover it and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. U.S.D.A. safe is 165* (74c). Keep in mind that the chicken will continue cooking for another 5 to 10 degrees after you pull it off the grill. I use a Maverick ProTemp Instant Read Thermometer for checking meat temps.

Lemon Herb Chicken
Marinade Over Night

I get a lot of questions about the kind of pellets you can use with a recipe. Keep in mind that a recipe is just an outline. Some you need to follow closely like when you are making bread, but most you can do anything you can dream, our favorite way to cook. Feel free to mix and match the pellets until you find a combination you really like. Also you are only smoking at temps less than 250 degrees (122c), anything higher is cooking and there will not be much if any smoke so it does not matter what kind of pellet you are using.

Lemon Herb Chicken
A Gas Grill Recipe

Lemon Herb Chicken
A Kiss of Smoke


Lemon Herb Chicken
Ready to Flip


Lemon Herb Chicken
Time to Bring It In

Lemon Herb Chicken
A Gas Grill Recipe

Lemon Herb Chicken
Let’s Eat!!!

About our Recipes

We do our recipes on our patio where we have a lineup of grills, including Green Mountain, Sawtooth, Louisiana, Royall, Memphis, Traeger pellet grills, Char Griller side box smoker, Saber, Charmglow, Char-Broil, The Big Easy, Pacific Living Outdoor Oven, Lodge Sportsman’s, Brinkman and Weber. I call it our “Wall of Grill”. Our grilling styles are healthy and low fat and will fit pelletheads, gas, natural wood and even charcoal purists. Almost any of our recipes can be done on any kind of good BBQ.

The important thing to keep in mind is TIME & TEMPERATURE. You can do our recipes on any grill, even some of them in the oven or crock pot, but, then you lose all the flavors you get from cooking outdoors. But sometimes it does rain.

Remember that a recipe is simply an outline; it is not written in stone. Don’t be afraid to make changes to suit your taste. Take it and run with it….

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Ken & Patti
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