Honey Lemon Garlic Chicken


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This simple but delicious grilled chicken is one of my family’s very favorite “cheater” freezer recipes.  Even my littlest, who doesn’t normally like chicken, gobbles it up like she has never seen food before.   I like it because it is ridiculously easy and makes almost no mess.  My husband likes it because it involves the grill, which he would happily cook with every single night if he could.


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To make it as part of a freezer cooking day, just double or triple the recipe, split the marinade & chicken into multiple bags, then throw it right into the freezer–no cooking required!  Making it ahead of time is not necessary, though, as it is equally delicious just marinated at room temperature

You can use any type of chicken but my family much prefers the boneless, skinless chicken thighs, which are a darker, juicier meat and also tend to be cheaper than the boneless skinless breasts.

Assemble the ingredients for this easy chicken recipe: olive oil, chicken, honey, lemon, garlic and seasoning.

Here is what you need:

2 lemons
1 cup olive oil
8-10 cloves garlic
8 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
3.5-4 pounds boneless chicken

Squeeze out the juice of the lemons into a measuring cup.

Step 1:  Squeeze lemons to release 2/3 cup of fresh lemon juice.

Use a garlic press to finely mince several cloves of garlic.

Step 2: Mince or crush garlic in garlic press.

Whisk together the honey, lemon juice and herbs with the olive oil.

Step 3: Whisk lemon juice, olive oil, honey, minced garlic, parsley, seasoned salt, & pepper together in bowl, then divide into 2 1-gallon freezer bags.  (If freezing, be sure to label bags ahead of time.)

Coat the chicken with the honey, garlic, lemon mixture inside freezer bags.

Step 4: Marinate chicken in bag for at least 30 minutes or longer, or press out air from bag and freeze.

After marinating the chicken it's ready to grill.

Step 5: Thaw if frozen.  Grill 6-8 minutes per side, basting with additional marinade, if desired.

 Honey Lemon Garlic Chicken: An Easy, Juicy Chicken Recipe

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What are your favorite freezer recipes?


  1. March 26 at 09:04AM

    This looks and sounds so good. I love freezer cooking meals too! BBQ season is upon us… I can’t wait!

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Jessie
    March 26 at 10:03AM

    Yum! Trying this tonight!

  3. March 26 at 12:27PM

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I always order this when we go to a chinese restaurant. They really do this very well 🙂

  4. March 26 at 02:55PM

    Thanks for this recipe. I suppose I could pan sear the chicken if hubby doesn’t feel like breaking out the grill? Here’s hoping!

    • Cindy
      March 2 at 08:56PM

      We use our George Foreman grill instead of the outdoor grill. Marinated chicken comes out tender and juicy. (If you don’t have one, they aren’t that expensive at Walmart or Amazon and there are other brands available. If you buy one, get the one that has removable plates to make clean up easier.)

  5. March 26 at 11:21PM

    Love lemon chicken. Definitely going to be trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing Ruth!

  6. Anonymous
    April 7 at 11:18AM

    Finally found it again! I remembered reading the recipe a couple weeks ago, and then I couldn’t remember where I’d seen it. I’m so glad I found it again! Made sure to save it to Pinterest this time and I will definitely be trying it soon!

  7. Anonymous
    June 18 at 02:43PM

    I tried this the other night and my family loved it! It was great with a little bit of reserved marinade poured over it when served. I actually added a little ground mustard to it as well and that gave it a really nice flavor!

    • sona
      July 22 at 09:37AM

      Be sure to use fresh marinade to serve, not the marinate the chicken has been marinading in as it will have raw chicken juice in with it.

  8. Teri
    July 23 at 08:59PM

    Can this be done in the crock pot instead of the grill?

  9. Anonymous
    August 8 at 10:11PM

    Grilled this on our new infrared grill. This is very flavorful, just right on lemon and sweetness (not overpowering). I used boneless breasts and thighs and both were very moist. Marinated meat for over an hour. Thank you for the recipe , it will be a favorite.

  10. Kathy Richard
    September 15 at 08:21PM

    We had this tonight for dinner and it was WONDERFUL!!!!! You can taste the honey and the lemon in every bite. Yum, yum!

    • Ruth Soukup
      September 16 at 05:56AM

      So glad you enjoyed it Kathy! 🙂

  11. Chrystal
    September 24 at 10:56AM

    I have this pulled out to cook and its raining. How would you do this if you didn’t use a grill? Pan sear or bake? would you cook it in the marinade?
    thanks so much!

  12. PS
    April 2 at 12:24PM

    It looks to me like you make your own seasoned salt. Have you shared that recipe somewhere? Thanks!

  13. Jan
    April 14 at 11:02AM

    This sounds AMAZING, but my hubby is a diabetic so that much honey is a no-no. Can anyone suggest a way to make this with an artificial sweetener like Splenda, maybe?

    • Naomi
      July 8 at 02:11AM

      Hi! My husband is diabetic also. I like to use Agave as a substitute for sugar or honey. It is low on the glycemic index and is sweeter than sugar per serving. So 1 tsp of sugar would be about equivalent to 1/2 tsp of Agave. Like everything, use it in moderation.

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