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Ina’s Grilled Lemon Chicken

gluten free Grilled Lemon Chicken

This gluten free Grilled Lemon Chicken recipe from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa cookbook is easy to make and amazingly delicious.

I cut her recipe in half and it was not nearly enough for my family.  They licked their plates clean and my little one asked if we could have the chicken again the next night for dinner –and he’s a guy that complains about lack of variety, so you get the idea here.

Gluten Free Grilled Lemon Chicken


  • ⅓ cup lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, minced
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts, halved (not butterflied) and skins removed
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, remove bottom and chiffonade leaves
  • 2 large carrots, grated or juilenned
  • “Peanut” Sauce
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme to make marinade
  2. Place chicken breasts in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish, then pour marinade over chicken and refrigerate for 6 hours to overnight
  3. Heat grill and cook chicken breasts for 10 minutes on each side until cooked through
  4. Cool chicken and cut diagonally into ½ inch thick slices
  5. Place chiffonaded Romaine on a serving platter, then top with julienned carrots
  6. Place chicken over vegetables and serve with “Peanut” Sauce

Serves 2

Note: to make this dish candida friendly serve without “Peanut” Sauce

I’m on an Ina Garten roll, her recipes are simple, full of fresh flavors and most importantly, my family loves them.  Tonight I making a fabulous grilled salmon salad from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook.  I love that her dishes are easy to make, and that so many of them are gluten free as well.

My best friend Helen is a big fan of Ina Garten’s and gets all of the credit for getting me onto this Barefoot Contessa kick.

posted on October 14, 2009, 21 comments

  1. It does sound good. I don’t know why but I don’t have a single one of her books. (Not that I need more books, but I might have to buy one!)

  2. christie, honoring health @ honormyhealth.com

    I love Ina! She always makes the simplest yet most tempting food! I don’t own a single one of her cookbooks, though, oddly enough since I have a collection of at least 100 right now.

  3. Emily

    My mom just loves Barefoot Contessa! She takes a nap to her show every afternoon and always buys the latest kitchen gadget Ina is raving about. She has every single one of her cookbooks but I’ve never bothered to look through them because I assumed they’d be full of off limit ingredients. Good to know, I will be borrowing some of them from her next time we’re over there!! That chicken looks delish!

  4. Can’t go wrong with an Ina recipe! :-D

  5. Helen

    Ina Rocks!! – and so does Elana!

  6. i love ina’s recipes!
    ina + elana= the perfect recipe! hehe

  7. Chris James @ celiachandbook.com

    Ina Garten is by far our favorite Food Network personality. Her food is never short of amazing. She would be my dream personal chef — although I’d surely be gaining some weight. We’ve made several of her dishes and have never had trouble altering them to be gluten-free.

  8. You know, I think I must be missing out on the Ina thing. I really haven’t watched her, and don’t have her cookbooks, but yet every time I see someone cook one of her recipes, I’m in love with it. So maybe I need to get on the bandwagon – this looks tasty!

  9. Brenda

    I have all of Ina’s cookbooks. Her recipes are great.

  10. The Diary of an Epic Failure @ failurediary.wordpress.com

    Ina is fantastic! Her recipes are not complicated, but they pack A LOT of flavor and a sense that someone put time and love into their food. Good call, Elana!

  11. Joey

    Ina Garten is one of my favorite Food Network personalities. This really appealed to me, so I’m making this for our dinner tonight. We don’t eat a lot of meat so I’m definitely going to enjoy this treat. I did make a bigger portion then your Elana, I took your advice and made a bit more. I have the chicken marinading in the fridge. I put the marinade in a plastic zip lock bag and put the chicken in it. Every so often I’ll go massage the chicken to distribute the liquid. It saves on a messy dish :)I didn’t have any thyme so am using herbs De province in my marinade.

  12. Jeannette

    I’ve hit a brick wall lately when it comes to ways to prepare my chicken. Thanks for this one..and my husband thanks you too!

  13. My husband and I absolutely love the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks! This is one of our favorite chicken recipes and we usually double (or triple) this recipe so we have extra for the week. Have you tried Ina’s Grilled Tuna Salad w. avocado? That’s another favorite of ours. By the way, I love you blog! Thanks for all the great recipes!

  14. Kathryn Olney

    I wanted to have this for dinner and had not marinated ealier in the day or prepared it the night before. I mixed up the marinade and let it set for about 10 minutes and grilled it. It was delicious.

  15. Rosy

    I made this sans peanut sauce and it was a big hit! I looked up more of Ina Garten’s stuff. OMG! What have I been missing?

  16. michelle

    so delicious! just wondering if the marinade could be boiled off and used later on to drizzle on the chicken. wasnt sure about the safety of this. have some peanut allergic friends and my husband too. thx!

  17. Elena

    Do you have the recipe for the peanut sauce that goes with the Grilled Chicken? Thanks a bunch. Elena

  18. Just made this tonight. Fantastic! I had some chicken I needed to use up so I grilled four pounds of chicken–leftovers yay! Thank you for the recipe.

  19. Sammi

    I was wondering if there is anything i can substitute the Ume Plum Vinegar with or what supermarkets would sell it? I can’t seem to find it anywhere and would rather use something that could be used in everyday cooking. Thanks a bunch!

  20. Thank you. I made this tonight and my husband and I enjoyed it, and my 5 year old liked the chicken. Hopefully one day soon he’ll eat the veggies too! I am really picky about chicken, and this was great because it was tasty and gluten-free!

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