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Gluten-free Grilled Lemon Garlic Chicken

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One of the first recipes I shared here on my blog, this gluten-free lemon chicken recipe is a long-time family favorite. I make this gluten-free grilled chicken often in the summer when we have company. It’s one of my favorite gluten-free bbq meals!

Gluten-free Grilled Lemon Garlic Chicken

During the hot summer months, we love to turn to the grill to help prepare dinner so we don’t have to heat up the house. This naturally gluten-free grilled lemon garlic chicken is super easy to prepare with my no-mess method, cooks quickly on the grill, and yields perfectly tender, flavorful chicken for an easy dinner. You can’t ask for more than that!

While you can easily cut the recipe in half, I prefer to make this large batch of chicken, even for our family of four, so that I have leftovers to freeze. It is so nice to pull out the leftover frozen grilled chicken to add to Pasta Alfredo for an easy weeknight meal. 

Just let your leftover chicken cool to room temp, place in a freezer bag (don’t forget to label), squeeze out the air, and freeze until you need it. You could also use this marinade to make up some uncooked meals for the freezer. Just follow the steps below to get the chicken marinating in the bags, and freeze them uncooked. When you want to use, just thaw all day in the marinade in the bag, and grill.

I’ve been making this marinade for years, since discovering it on one of my favorite blogs, Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. Our family fell in love with it the first time, and we’ve just adapted the prep method and cooking method to suit our family.

Lemon Garlic Chicken Marinade steps

I have an easy, no-mess method for making this gluten-free lemon chicken:

  1. Line a small/medium sized bowl with a gallon Ziploc bag, folding the top of the bag over the sides of the bowl. (first pic)
  2. Add all of the marinade ingredients to the bag.
  3. Seal the bag and gently knead the bag from the outside to mix the contents.
  4. Unseal and put the bag back into the bowl, again folding the top of the bag over the sides of the bowl (middle pic)
  5. As you trim your chicken tenders or breasts, drop them right into the bag in the bowl. When done, seal the bag up. (last pic)
  6. Again, use your hands to gently knead the bag from the outside to mix the marinade and chicken thoroughly.
  7. Put the bag in the bowl, and place the bowl in the fridge to marinate for 6-8 hours. This way, if you by chance have any leak from the bag, it will be caught in the bowl, so you don’t end up with a messy fridge!

How long should this gluten-free chicken marinate before grilling?

The longer this marinates, the stronger the lemon and garlic flavor are. The minimum I’ve marinated it with good flavor is 3 hours, but when possible, prefer 6-8 hours.

You could even let this marinate overnight if you want to prep the night before!

We enjoy eating this with a fresh summer salad and some corn on the cob! Nothing beats this easy dinner that doesn’t heat up the kitchen or dirty a lot of dishes! You could whip up this simple coleslaw recipe too!

This chicken would also pair well with this pesto sauce recipe – I can’t wait to try it! 

The next lemon recipe you should make is this basil and lemon baked salmon in foil.

For dessert, make these berry smoothie pops

Lemon Garlic Chicken {Gluten-free}

Gluten-free Grilled Lemon Chicken Recipe:

Yield: 8 servings

Gluten-free Grilled Lemon Garlic Chicken

Lemon Garlic Chicken {Gluten-free}

I make this gluten-free grilled lemon chicken often in the summer when we have company. It’s one of my favorite gluten-free bbq meals!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp. lemon juice (fresh, from 2 lemons)
  • 6 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic (from 3-4 cloves)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken tenders or breasts trimmed into strips

Instructions

  1. Line a small/medium sized bowl with a gallon Ziploc bag, folding the top of the bag over the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper to the bag.
  3. Seal the bag and gently knead the bag from the outside to mix the contents.
  4. Unseal and put the bag back into the bowl, again folding the top of the bag over the sides of the bowl.
  5. As you trim your chicken tenders or breasts, drop them right into the bag in the bowl. When done, seal the bag up.
  6. Again, use your hands to gently knead the bag from the outside to mix the marinade and chicken thoroughly.
  7. Put the bag in the bowl, and place the bowl in the fridge to marinate for 6-8 hours. This way, if you by chance have any leak from the bag, it will be caught in the bowl, so you don't end up with a messy fridge!
  8. After marinating, remove chicken from bag and place on grill over direct heat.
  9. Discard bag and remaining marinade. Do not reuse.
  10. Grill chicken over direct heat for 1 minute each side. Then move to top rack/indirect heat and grill for 8 minutes or until cooked through, flipping partway through if desired.
  11. Serve with your favorite sides!

Notes

The longer you give for this to marinate, the more flavorful it is. But it's still good even if you don't have 8 hours! I'd recommend at least 2 hours in a pinch!

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Karen Palin

Saturday 7th of September 2019

Had this chicken at Michelle’s house and now hunting for the recipe. She had a good looking chef! My son!

Toby Palin

Monday 19th of August 2013

This is the best chicken marinade that I have ever had. It is really easy and it makes the chicken tenders burst with flavor. It is great for all sorts of occasions (family, company, sports events). I love it.

Melody

Wednesday 14th of August 2013

I have enjoyed this twice at Michelle's and it's fantastic. even my two youngest who don't like meat in general, love it! by the way, great food photography! ;-)

Michelle Palin

Wednesday 14th of August 2013

Thanks for commenting, Melody! Hopefully you can make this at your house now that you know your kids love it too!