Ina’s 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.

Ina's Grilled Lemon Chicken

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Servings 2


  • cup lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 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 julienned
  • "Peanut" Sauce


  • In a medium bowl, Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme to make marinade
  • Place chicken breasts in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish, then pour marinade over chicken and refrigerate for 6 hours to overnight
  • Heat grill and cook chicken breasts for 10 minutes on each side until cooked through
  • Cool chicken and cut diagonally into ½ inch thick slices
  • Place chiffonaded Romaine on a serving platter, then top with julienned carrots
  • Place chicken over vegetables and serve with "Peanut" Sauce
Prep Time 20 mins
Marinate Time 6 hours
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 40 mins
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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.


21 responses to “Ina’s Grilled Lemon Chicken”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 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!)

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