Lemon Oregano Grilled Chicken
Grilled chicken with a lemon oregano marinade is an easy way to pack flavor into chicken. Marinade it for at least one hour before grilling.
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The Fence Between Us
We moved into our house over a year ago. While we were moving our stuff in, we met the older couple next door. He was Italian, she, we later learned, is Portuguese. They were excited to have new neighbors and most excited about the babe we introduced to them.
Over the next months, we saw them a lot. But not for reasons you’d expect. You see, a diagnosis like “Stage 4 lung cancer” isn’t something you typically walk through with your neighbor almost as soon as you meet. Yet, that was the intro to our friendship.
I’d take meals over, check in, hear how the meds were working and ask how we could be praying.
Just a few months into our new friendship, there was a roar of emergency vehicles outside. I was prepared to rush to the hospital with my neighbor if her husband had to be taken in. However, there would be no hospital visit that day. I held her hand. We cried. He passed away that day.
As the months have gone on, we’ve continued the visits. She gives us lemons, my babe gives her baby snuggles. We share life and she shares about her ups and downs. It is a friendship I cherish.
She tells me about her Portuguese roots and the special traditions she holds dear. She’s even let me borrow her beloved tray that was used at their Portuguese religious festival – called a “Festa” (pronounced fesh-ta).
I love the stories that dishes tell. Getting to share life with a sweet widow and learn about her traditions is a privilege I don’t take lightly.
Grilling Lemon Orageno Chicken
Grilling chicken seems like an easy way to make dry meat. That is, if you’re grilling chicken breasts. However, grilling bone-in meat is the way you get the most flavor. Yet it comes with some tricky rules for food safety.
Using an instant-read digital thermometer is a must when grilling meat. You don’t want to completely over-cook the meat, but you also don’t want to risk food poisoning by serving under-done chicken.
165 degrees is the minimum suggested temperature for safely cooking chicken. I, being the paranoid lady I am, prefer to see the thermometer reach 170°F.
But what if it is pink inside?
Is it possible for chicken meat to be fully cooked while there is still pink inside?
That is a question I asked google just a few days ago. To my horror, I was finishing my chicken when I found some pink meat. Thankfully, I was assured that if the temperature reaches 165, you’re good. I read a few articles like this one and this from popular food blogs and am happy to report that the meat I ate was perfectly safe and I did not get sick. Whew.
Because drumstick sizes can vary wildly from one company to the next (due to the age of the chicken), cooking times can vary. Grilling each side at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes is usually what gets me the right internal temperature.
If you don’t have a grill and want to bake it, you can bake it at 350°F for 35 minutes or until the meat temperature reaches 165°F.
Easy Lemon Oregano grilled chicken marinade
Marinades are ridiculously easy to make, but grocery stores charge sometimes double the price for meat in a marinade. You don’t need to pay this premium! Simply learn a few tricks of the trade and make your own marinades.
For this lemon oregano marinade you’ll need:
- Lemon Juice
- Lemon Zest
- Avocado oil
If you grow oregano or can get it at the grocery store, using fresh is the best option. If you only have the dried variety, that will work but I would definitely recommend marinading overnight.
What would you serve this with?
I’d serve this with just about any vegetable or salad. You may want to serve it with roasted cabbage. Other ideas include mushroom and spinach cauliflower rice or roasted broccoli would also be great!
For THM friends, this is an (S)
Lemon Oregano Grilled Chicken
- 1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- Juice of 1 lemon 2-3 tbsp
- 3 garlic cloves chopped
- 1 ½ tsp pink salt
- 2 T avocado oil
- 8 drumsticks approx 3 lbs
- Mix the marinade (everything except for the chicken).
- In either a Ziploc bag, glass dish, or container place the drumsticks. Pour marinade over. Mix so that each piece of chicken is fully covered.
- Marinade for at least 1 hour but preferably overnight.*
Grill Time (see notes for baking option)
- Preheat the grill to 325°F.
- Add drumsticks to the grill. Grill each side for approx 12-15 minutes.
- Use an instant-read thermometer in the thickest part of the meat (without touching the bone) and make sure each piece reaches 165°F.
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