Tuscan Lemon Chicken (Skillet or Grill)

READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by blucoat

This easy dinner recipe is adapted from "Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics", by Ina Garten. The chicken gets so tender, it just falls off the bone. Chicken needs to marinate for at least 4 hours, so you can prepare it in the morning (or the evening before) and then just cook before dinner. {The original recipe calls for grilling the chicken. If you want to grill the chicken: Spread 1/4 of the coals across the other side of the grill, place the chicken on the cooler side, skin side up, and weight it down with a heavy dish. Cook for 12-15 minutes, until the underside is golden brown, turn over and weight it again. Cook for another 12-15 minutes. Place the lemon halves on the cool side of the grill in the last 10 minutes of cooking. Remove chicken to a plate and tent with tin foil. Allow to rest for 5 minutes. Cut into quarters, sprinkle with salt and serve with grilled lemon halves.} THE CALORIE COUNT FOR THIS RECIPE IS INCORRECT: I used the USDA website to calculate it and it is actually 357 calories per serving.

Top Review by CIndytc

We made this the other night on the grill...wonderful recipe...Great way to serve chicken and it tasted fantastic

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sprinkle chicken with 1 tsp salt on each side.
  2. Combine oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, rosemary and 1 tsp pepper in a glass dish (just large enough to hold the flattened chicken). Add the chicken, and turn to coat. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  4. Flatten the chicken by removing the back bone in the center. Then with your hands, press down, Cut around and remove the breastbone with a boning knife.
  5. Heat a cast iron pan over MED-HIGH heat. Add some oil and when it starts to smoke, put chicken inches Cook on both sides, brown well. Should be 5-8 minutes per side, and then turn the chicken over. Put pan with chicken in oven and roast for 30-45 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and let sit, tented with tin foil, for 5-10 minutes to let it rest. Return cast iron pan to stovetop, put over MED heat, and grill the cut sides of the lemons for 5 minutes or so.
  7. Break apart into quarters, sprinkle with salt and serve with grilled lemon halves.

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