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Lemon Sage Chicken Recipe


Grilled Chicken
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Marinating budget-friendly chicken pieces in herb-laced lemon juice and oil allows this succulent lemon sage chicken recipe to stay juicy through the cooking process. Simple grilled or baked potatoes, a fresh chopped salad, and a plate of fruit turn this into a complete, wholesome meal.

Prep Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 17 minutes


  • 2 pounds chicken pieces
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed and chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (reduce to 1/4 teaspoon if using sodium-containing chicken)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


Stir the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, sage, garlic, salt, and pepper until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Pour the lemon-sage marinade into a large glass baking dish; add the chicken to the dish, turning the pieces once to coat with the marinade. Cover the dish and refrigerate the chicken for 1 hour, turning the pieces once every 15 minutes.

Preheat a grill or brush a large skillet with oil and set it over medium-high heat. Arrange all the chicken pieces on the grill or place the chicken, in batches, into the hot skillet. Discard the marinade. Cook the chicken for 4 to 6 minutes on each side. The chicken is done when the thickest part feels firm to the touch and tests 165F on an instant-read thermometer. Serve hot as an entree or refrigerate the chicken and serve it sliced in a salad.

This lemon sage chicken recipe makes 6 servings.

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