Thyme Marinated Chicken

Thyme Marinated Chicken

Marinating budget-friendly chicken pieces in herb-laced lemon juice, white wine, and oil allows this flavorful thyme chicken recipe to stay juicy through the cooking process.  Make it a full meal by adding a fresh, garden salad, baguettes, and grilled fruit with creme fraiche.


1kg chicken pieces
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
¼ cup dry white wine
3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
1 clove garlic, crushed and chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Garnish: 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves


  1. Stir the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, white wine, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  2. Pour the lemon-thyme marinade into a large glass baking dish; add the chicken to the dish, turning the pieces once to coat with the marinade.
  3. Cover the dish and refrigerate the chicken for 1 hour, turning the pieces once every 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat a grill or brush a large skillet with oil and set it over medium-high heat. Arrange all the chicken pieces on the grill or place the chicken, in batches, into the hot skillet. Discard the marinade.
  5. Cook the chicken for 4 to 6 minutes on each side. The chicken is done when the thickest part feels firm to the touch .
  6. Serve hot as an entree or refrigerate the chicken and serve it sliced in a salad.
  7. Garnish with additional fresh thyme.

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