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Grilled Chicken With Lemon Soy Sauce Marinade

One of my favorite summer time meals growing up was my dad’s grilled chicken with a lemon soy sauce marinade. It’s pretty much the only way I knew BBQ chicken as a kid. It has so much flavor and is so simple to make!

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Soy Sauce. Lemon Juice. Green Onion. That’s it. I’ve added my own touch with some brown sugar to give it a little sweetness, almost like a teriyaki (but not really) and this grilled chicken really comes out delicious!

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Prep

Using a Whole Chicken

If you haven’t already noticed from other posts, but I’m a huge proponent of using whole chickens rather then buying them precut. Yeah it’ll take you a little more time but once you master the art of quartering a chicken, you’ll appreciate how much money you end up saving going this route.

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How Long to marinade?

I definitely recommend marinading 4-6 hours or even overnight to really let the flavors set in a give you really amazing grilled chicken. However if you want to cook this same day it will still taste amazing if you let it marinate for about an hour!

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Cooking

Watch For Flare Ups

When I first started cooking chicken with skin on, it was almost impossible for me not to burn the skin. The problem I was facing was the temperature of my grill was too damn high! Whether it was charcoal or propane the dripping from the fat of the skin would cause a lot of flare ups from the high hit and ending up in a black sad chicken skin.

What I’ve learned is keeping grill on medium heat (around 300) helps with this issue so that I don’t have to constantly check the grill for flare ups.

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Enough Talk. More Rock.

On To The Recipe

Grilled Chicken With Lemon Soy Sauce Marinade
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Grilled Chicken marinade recipe with soy sauce, lemon, green onion and a little brown sugar. Makes an amazing dinner for the weekend with the family!
Servings Prep Time
4 People 15 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 Minutes 1-24 Hours
Servings Prep Time
4 People 15 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 Minutes 1-24 Hours
Grilled Chicken With Lemon Soy Sauce Marinade
Yum
Votes: 4
Rating: 2
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Grilled Chicken marinade recipe with soy sauce, lemon, green onion and a little brown sugar. Makes an amazing dinner for the weekend with the family!
Servings Prep Time
4 People 15 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 Minutes 1-24 Hours
Servings Prep Time
4 People 15 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 Minutes 1-24 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Units:
People
Instructions
Marinating
  1. Place chicken in a mixing bowl along with soy sauce and green onions
  2. Add brown sugar and squeeze out lemon juice. Might as well through the remaining lemons in as well.
  3. Add water and give it a little stir. Place in the Fridge for an hour (24 hours for best results)
Grilling
  1. When the chicken is ready place over medium heat on your grill. Let it sit for about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Turn over with tongs every 3-5 minutes or as needed.
  3. If you're using a mixture of legs and breast you'll eventually want to move the smaller legs and thrigh off direct heat to make sure everything is done at the same time. If you keep the drum and thigh connected you don't need to worry about this.
  4. Should take around 15-25 minutes to cook depending on your grill. You're looking to get a temperature of 165-170.
  5. Let it rest for about 5 minutes.
  6. If you're grilling might as well throw some corn on that bbq and server it up with a baked or mashed potatoes while you're at it! Enjoy!
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Derek Campanile
Derek Campanile
I'm an IT professional by day. Home cook for the family by night. Follow my blog for easy to make recipes, how-to's and ideas to gather the family at the dinner table!
  • This looks delicious! The marinade is simple but flavorful. Often times simple, easy recipes are the family favorites.

    • Thanks! I agree, sometimes it’s the simply things that make the memories!

  • Kathleen @ hapanom

    So funny – one of my favorite summer meals was also my dad’s soy marinated grilled chicken! Except I don’t think he used lemon.. what a great idea! I love a bit a acid to balance out some of those heavier flavors.

  • Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

    Wow, this looks amazing! We’ve been firing up the grill a lot lately, with the warmer weather. I’ll have to put these ingredients on my shopping list. I can already tell it’ll be a big hit with the family! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Joscelyn! It’s been a hit since I was little I had to pass it on!

  • That char… man, I’m drooling!! My husband will LOVE grilling this chicken 🙂

    • Oh yes, it’s smells so good while you grill. The skin gets super crispy and packed with flavor!

  • This looks and sounds amazing!