Sticky lemon chicken

Sticky lemon chicken

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(38 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
This tasty, low-fat lemon chicken recipe has a Mediterranean feel and just four ingredients- chicken, lemon, thyme and honey

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal193
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs6g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre0g
  • protein33g
  • salt0.83g


  • 4 chicken breast fillets with skin, about 150g/5oz each



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  • 1 large lemon



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  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves or a generous sprinkling of dried


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  • 1½ tbsp clear honey



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  1. Preheat the grill to high and lightly oil a shallow heatproof dish. Put the chicken in the dish, skin side down, and season with salt and pepper. Grill for 5 minutes. While the chicken is grilling, cut four thin slices from the lemon.

  2. Turn the chicken fillets over and put a slice of lemon on top of each one. Sprinkle over the thyme and a little more seasoning, then drizzle with the honey. Squeeze over the juice from the remaining lemon and spoon round 2 tbsp water. Return to the grill for 10 minutes more, until the chicken is golden and cooked all the way through. Serve the chicken and the sticky juices with rice or potatoes and a green veg – broccoli or leeks are good.

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21st Apr, 2014
Really yummy! I lightly fried instead of bottled and it was delish!!!
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joseph stalin
14th Mar, 2018
good to hear you liked it!
23rd Jan, 2014
Quick and easy to cook, and absolutely delicious. I will definitely make it again.
14th Dec, 2013
nice but with a big breast you lose a lot of the flavour
13th Nov, 2013
Found this too sweet for my taste
9th Jun, 2013
Bland, and was still raw in the middle following the cooking time / temp given here (I had my grill at its maximum temp).
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2nd Feb, 2013
Rub crushed garlic for a tastier dish. Simple and very quick to make!
22nd Jan, 2013
Quick, easy, looks good and tastes good. Be careful not to overdo the water or your sticky juices are more like runny juices.
12th Jul, 2012
Found I didn't have a lemon so used an orange instead and was great.
5th Jul, 2012
As a student, I used to make this a lot with dried thyme which is fine! Always turn to it when I have spare chicken.. Quick and easy to make, plus no lack of flavour!


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