Lemon Herb Barbeque Sauce for Chicken

Lemon Herb Barbeque Sauce for Chicken


"This recipe is an awesome alternative to a red barbeque sauce for chicken. It was a neighborhood favorite during summer when I was growing up. Submitted in memory of Ruth Karahan who originally had the recipe and passed away in 2004."
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30 m servings 254 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 254 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 16.5 g
  • 25%
  • Carbs:
  • 1g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 24.6 g
  • 49%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 67 mg
  • 22%
  • Sodium:
  • 349 mg
  • 14%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat grill for high heat.
  2. In a blender or food processor, blend the oil, lemon juice, onion, salt, thyme, marjoram, and garlic until thick and smooth.
  3. Coat the grill grate with aluminum foil. Poke holes in the foil and spray with cooking spray. Arrange chicken on grate, and cook 15 minutes, turning once and brushing constantly with the sauce, until juices run clear.


  • Note
  • You can also marinate the chicken overnight in the refrigerator, reserving enough sauce to coat the chicken as it cooks on the grill.


  1. 96 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

A wonderful marinade. Really penetrates the meat with lemon flavor. I substituted Splenda for sugar & used garlic-olive-oil. Marinated a cut-up chicken for 3 hours or more (overnight even better...

Most helpful critical review

It was good, but not exceptional. I doubled the recipe, but didn't double the salt. I also used thighs. Next time I'll use all the lemon zest and double the salt. I also used fresh Thyme.

A wonderful marinade. Really penetrates the meat with lemon flavor. I substituted Splenda for sugar & used garlic-olive-oil. Marinated a cut-up chicken for 3 hours or more (overnight even better...

This is an awesome recipe! I increased the flavor even more by adding the zest from the lemons I juiced and adding several more cloves of garlic. I marinaded it for about 2 hours. Wow! It wa...

AWESOME......I doubled this recipe for 4 lbs of chicken breasts. Oh, I also used olive oil, but that was the only change. Used half to marinate; the rest to baste while grilling. My husband do...

This is now my favorite recipe on this site. I have made it several times and like to, as the submitter suggests, marinate the chicken before grilling for a few hours if time allows. But by all ...

Wow, this was good. I used olive oil and dried oregano instead of marjoram. We used this on a quartered chicken (bone in), and marinated it for about an hour before grilling (didn't bother with ...

my husband and I loved this. I marinated it overnight and it came out so juicy. I think maybe next time I'll try this recipe with salmon.

The sauce is great, although I did leave out the marjoram <purely a matter of preference> and added a couple slices of jalapeno. Since chicken breasts are too bland for me, I used it on thighs....

If I could give this 10 stars I would. The only change I made was to use fresh herbs from my garden. I reserved 1/2 the marinade and heated it gently then used it to season some rice which I s...

Followed the recipe exactly and used it as a marinade for approx 1 1/2 hours then cooked on the grill. My granddaughter said it was the best chicken she had ever eaten! That's good enough for ...