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Ina Garten’s Tuscan Lemon Chicken

Tuscan Lemon Chicken is about the most perfect summertime dinner you could have. Grilled to perfection, with fresh lemon and woodsy rosemary; the meat is moist and delicious, perfectly seasoned. This is one of those meals you can make all on the grill, too! Keeping your house nice and cool during these hot (muggy!) summer months! You can make these skillet grilled green beans to go along with your tuscan lemon chicken and have a low carb dinner. 

Tuscan lemon chicken is a great meal to throw on the grill and invite a few friends over. Make a charcuterie board and pour some drinks while you gather with your people around the table. 

This chicken is super yummy. If you love lemon and rosemary, you will LOVE this. 

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    Tuscan Lemon Chicken

    • Author: Ina Garten


    • 1 (3 1/2-pound) chicken, flattened
    • Kosher salt
    • 1/3 cup good olive oil
    • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
    • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 lemon, halved


    1. Sprinkle the chicken with 1 teaspoon salt on each side. Combine the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, rosemary, and 2 teaspoons pepper in a small measuring cup. Place the chicken in a ceramic or glass dish just large enough to hold it flat. Pour the lemon marinade over the chicken, turning it in the dish. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Turn the chicken 2 or 3 times while marinating.
    2. When ready to grill, prepare a hot charcoal fire on 1 side of a grill (or turn a gas grill on low heat). Spread 1/4 of the coals across the other side of the grill. Place the chicken on the cooler side, skin side up, and weigh it down with the dish you used for marinating. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, until the underside is golden brown. Turn the chicken skin side down, weight again with the dish, and cook for another 12 to 15 minutes, until the skin is golden brown and the chicken is cooked through. Place the lemon halves on the cool side of the grill, cut side down for the last 10 minutes of cooking. Remove the chicken to a plate or cutting board, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Cut in quarters, sprinkle with salt, and serve with the grilled lemon halves.

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The grilled lemons are CLUTCH, y’all! Seriously. These are what make this dish — that extra hit of lemon juice from a smokey, grilled lemon. Yum-O! I haven’t tried it, but I’m thinking a few grilled lemons and limes for this Juice of a Few Flowers cocktail would be amazing, as well!

Cheers to Summer, Y’all!

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  1. Citrus and chicken together are such good flavor combinations. I’ll have to give this Tuscan lemon chicken recipe a try. It looks amazing! #HomeMattersParty

  2. Whenever I get a chance to watch the Food Channel I really enjoy watching Ina’s show because her recipes are never too complicated that you would never attempt them. I’m sure this one is delicious too. #HomeMattersParty

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