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Marinated chicken in lemon thyme, lemon, lemon zest, garlic & honey

on 06/05/2010

An alternative chicken dish: so easy to make too! 🙂

I was experimenting in making the perfect marinade for chicken. Finaly, I came up with this!
Chicken pieces, without skin, are marinated for about 3 to 4 hours in a combination of fresh lemon thyme, zest of 1/2 Sicilian lemon, juice of the same lemon, garlic cloves, a fruity EVOO & honey. It is healthy too. This must be tasty, right?? ooh,…yes!

Recipe: For 2 persons
2 chicken fillets, about 300 gr for 2 persons, cleaned, no skin, cut into smaller pieces, (the pieces cut in a bit so that the marinade can penetrate into the flesh )
1 full handful of fresh lemon thyme, washed & pad dry on kitchen paper/ You can eat the small stalks because they are tender/ remove tougher stalks
juice of 1 Sicilian lemon ( they smell amazingly fresh & sweet ) The skin isn’t treatened with chemicals!!
half of the zest of the same lemon ( 1/2 )
3 fat garlic cloves, peeled & finely diced
5 tablespoons of a fruity EVOO
1 heaped tablespoon of a good honey
grinds of black pepper
some sea salt flakes
** To serve: steamed green beans & red onion slices fried & some new boiled potatoes or a mixed salad.
1. Take a large Ziplock bag & place all the ingredients for the marinade in it, except the chicken. Mix carefully in the bag with a spoon because you don’t want to damage the plastic bag. Add a few grinds of black pepper & some sea salt flakes.
2. Add the chicken pieces. Close the bag and with the help of your hands, massage the bag on the outside. Then, place the closed bag in a fitting bowl for when there is leakage. Place in the fridge for about 3 to 4 hours. I marinated my chicken for 4 hours. From time to time, take the bag out of the fridge to massage the bag from the outside. Just before making dinner, take the bag out of the fridge.
3. When the rest of your dinner is prepared & ready, you can bake the chicken. Lift & drain the chicken with a skimmer but keep the marinade!!!! Take a large non stick pan on medium high heat & heat up. Pour a thin layer of the fruity EVOO in it. When hot & sizzling, add the chicken & fry for about 3 to 5 minutes or just when they are browned. Adjust the heat if necessary. When you turn the chicken in the pan, to fry the other side, pour the remaining marinade all over the chicken,…everything! Fry for about 2 to 3 minutes & the marinade will make everything caramelized a bit. It turns golden brown in colour. It smells amazing!
4. When everything is cooked through, serve on a plate with steamed green beans & fried red onion slices in the same fruity EVOO & with new boiled potatoes.
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116 responses to “Marinated chicken in lemon thyme, lemon, lemon zest, garlic & honey

  1. Junglefrog says:

    That looks like a really good marinade Sophie ! Will definetely try this!

  2. Junglefrog says:

    Sophie, I also gave you an award on my Dutch blog (which is!

  3. Happy Cook says:

    I have never made lemoncello at home love the idea and love the look of that chicken delicous.

  4. MaryMoh says:

    Love the ingredients. Your chicken dish look very delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Gail says:

    What a delicious and healthy sounding dish! I do love lemon thyme and it is so easy to grow. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  6. lisa says:

    This chicken sounds deliciously lemony! Enjoy your limoncello!

  7. Cathy says:

    I have lemon thyme growing in my garden. Love this marinade, Sophie. I imagine the chicken was so flavorful and tender.

  8. Valérie says:

    Mmmm. citrus and honey are so good together! This chicken must be excellent, Sophie!

  9. Wow! That looks spectacular! Next up on my list is this recipe! I too am making limoncello, can't wait to hear about your!

  10. A very flavorful dish! What a great combination!Cheers,Rosa

  11. Pam says:

    What a fantastic recipe – I love all the flavors used.

  12. The marinade sounds wonderful! Great flavours.

  13. Koko says:

    Wow, that marinade looks amazing!! And Sophie, we made your limoncello recipe last year, and it's just LOVELY! I love limoncello. I first tried it in Italy. Yum! I like your lemon thyme plant! I have one in my garden, too!

  14. A fantastic marinade and the chicken sound super delicious!

  15. Claudia says:

    I do love thyme and lemon (and garlic – always garlic) with chicken. The honey is just brilliant. And it ties it together and makes it look so lovingly cooked.

  16. Paz says:

    OMG! I want some! I want some now! 😉 Yes, it sounds delicious and healthy. Bisous from NY,Paz

  17. That's a really lovely sounding marinade Sophie and clever you making your own limoncello! 😀

  18. . says:

    now this is a good combo of flavors sophie. honey & lemon go so well together. and I would love to try making my own lemoncello or however you spell it.

  19. This sounds wonderful with its multi-layered lemon treatment. I love the gorgeous caramelised colour you ended up with!

  20. lisa says:

    I love marinating chicken lemon, it give it such a touch of tang, especially with the zest. This is a great combination of flavors — great marinade!

  21. Nadji says:

    Avec toutes ces saveurs, ce plat doit être délicieux.A bientôt.

  22. Yum, yum Sophie. I'm always on the lookout for new chicken recipes, especially featuring lemon.Sam

  23. So delicious and refreshing!! I imagine the chicken is fork tender too!

  24. Clemence says:

    ces goûts acidulés, j'adore !

  25. theUngourmet says:

    This does look delicious! I love lemon with my chicken! I want to try making Limoncello sometime too!

  26. Bo says:

    Sophie….This chicken sounds so delicious!

  27. Lynda says:

    I love the sound of this dish…thyme is one of my favorite herbs, and honey is the perfect addition to this lemon sauce. So delicious Sofie!

  28. This looks so flavourful and delicious. I am have no energy today, I think a big plate of this would really perk me up. Got any left overs?Have a wonderful weekend.*kisses* HH

  29. Hungry Dog says:

    Wow, this looks absolutely delicious. Nice job!

  30. I have not thought of Western style Lemon chicken, your combination with Thyme is great again. BTW, I just came back from Brussels, stayed there for 2 days. Sent you a short sms, maybe it did not reach you. I think I won't be able visit Brussels for a long time.

  31. grace says:

    that marinade is definitely amazing, sophie–gorgeous dish!

  32. SophieI can't think of a better marinade for chicken! I would not dream of one without lemons! Limoncello homemade? I am impressed!

  33. Yum! Nice job again Sophie, you've got so much talent!

  34. Velva says:

    What a wonderful flavor combination for a marinade. This is quite lovely. I think I will follow your directions to make this lovely recipe.

  35. Carolyn Jung says:

    That's one beautiful, lush thyme plant. I love growing my own herbs, too. It's one of the few things that doesn't die on me. LOL

  36. Jo says:

    Delicious marinate and you even use your own home grown herbs. Way to go!

  37. Natasha says:

    Sophie, I can almost smell the lemons! Lovely dish.By the way, here is a link to the Sriracha sauce that you were asking about on my blog. hope you find it informative. Take care!

  38. I love chicken and lemon, so both together!! miammm I want it!Kisses

  39. Joanne says:

    These seem INCREDIBLY tasty! I love the lemon and honey combo in the marinade!

  40. This chicken dish with its hint of lemon (:-) sounds incredible. Lemon + honey is one of my favorite combinations. Cannot wait to give it a try.

  41. Erica says:

    I can smell that chicken from here!!! That sounds buenisimo, Sophie!

  42. zurin says:

    Oh Sophie…this looks perfect for me..i always cook chicken without skin. im going to try this…it looks absolutely YUMMSomething is wrong with ur link on my blogroll…ur new posts doesnt show up n I just dont know why…ive missed so many of your wonderful posts!:(((I have to get someone to help me with it. but have a good day while i catch up with ur other posts!

  43. Yummy. I love lemon flavoured…anything!

  44. Olive says:

    Hello Sophie! :)that looks sooo delicous… I could eat a lot of rice with that 🙂

  45. zurin says:

    dear Sophie, I clicked on ur RSS. the one that says "subscribe in a reader" next to teh orange RSS symbol…that's the one isn't it? I clicked once. Is that all I shd do? Nothing happened on my blogroll I'm afraid. maybe I shd wait? perhaps it will be ok later?

  46. Gloria says:

    Dear Sophie this dish look awesome and delicious, love it, gloria

  47. Great chicken recipe! Lots of different lemon flavours.

  48. Donna-FFW says:

    Sounds like a most delicious marinade Sophie!! The chicken looks so moist too!! Pefect dinner!

  49. this marinated chicken recipe looks very tasty; perfect for the coming summer days at a bbq.

  50. zurin says:

    Sophie….:) tq for replying..yes i did it and its now ok..have a wonderful day

  51. NO wonder it looks so good with all thyme, lemon and honey! That's a fabulous combination.

  52. I can always use another great chicken recipe!

  53. Juliana says:

    Sophie…this chicken sounds and looks so yummie, love the combination of thyme and lots of lemon…very tasty and somehow refreshing 🙂

  54. Barbara says:

    I'm jumping all over this marinade, Sophie! It sounds (and looks) marvelous! Dark and delicious.

  55. zerrin says:

    The marinade sounds so appetizing. And this chicken looks so tempting. I must cook this for tomorrow2s dinner.

  56. Jennifer says:

    Loving the flavour combination!!! YUM

  57. Syrie says:

    Finger-licking good Sophie!

  58. lesley says:

    Hi Sophie,I'm thinking your chicken & my veggie baskets…gotta be done! Come on over! x

  59. El says:

    Hi Sophie- Love the addition of citrus. And your own limoncello…that's impressive!!

  60. Ruth says:

    yummy contrast of flavours! so going to try this!!

  61. elra says:

    Your marinated chicken sounds really delicious and pack of flavor.

  62. mangocheeks says:

    Sophie,I am always afraid to comment on a fellow bloggers blog especially when there are so many comments there. Its a great compliment for you, forsure, but I worry if my comment will ever get read 😦 I have no doubt it will. But I just wanted to say, I like the idea of the limoncello! I have never had it.

  63. what a beautiful thyme plant! love chicken with lemons and also olives or capers.last night at my spinning class i learned that lemon also decreases hunger! a winner all around.

  64. oh wow looks great as ever

  65. Queen B. says:

    Oh Sophie !I have never even tried Limoncello, let alone MAKE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YOU ARE AMAZING. Your marinade sounds DIVINE.I will need to make it all summer long…perfect for lazy days after the beach :)xo

  66. khadija says:

    miam miam

  67. Jamie says:

    Mmm love these flavors which go so well with chicken. And it will be perfect for my husband's diet! I love finding really flavorful dinner recipes that are healthy and low fat too.

  68. Simply Life says:

    oh that looks so full of flavor – delicious!

  69. Diana H says:

    Lots of lemony goodness. I have lemon thyme growing in my herb beds too, and it always smells so good, just waving your hand over it.

  70. Jan says:

    I am growing some lemon thyme but it doesn't look as healthy as your plant. Delish sounding recipe.

  71. Kevin says:

    What a tasty chicken dish! I really like using lemon with chicken in dishes like this!

  72. Sophie says:

    @ everyone of you: thanks for the compliments, my friends!Enjoy & try making your own limoncello: I asure you: You will love it!

  73. Mrs. Ed says:

    How perfect! I am growing herbs in my flower beds this year and have been looking for recipes with fresh herbs. This looks so good I can't wait to try it. Thanks Sophie!

  74. Nadji says:

    Avec tout ce que tu as mis dans la marinade, le goût de ce poulet doit être des plus extras.
    J’aime beaucoup.
    A très bientôt.

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