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Lemonade Chicken

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Active time 15 mins
Total time 40 mins

Serves 8 (serving size: 1/4 chicken)

Frozen lemonade concentrate was introduced in the late 1950s and soon became a favorite ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes. Here it teams up with soy sauce for a quick-fix basting sauce that amps up the smoky flavors of charcoal-grilled chicken. Feel free to substitute frozen limeade or orange juice concentrate.


  • 1/2 (12-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 (2 1/2- to 3-lb.) whole chickens, cut up
  • Lemon slices

How to Make It

  1. Preheat grill to medium (350° to 400°F). Stir together concentrate, soy sauce, seasoned salt, celery salt, and garlic powder.

  2. Grill chicken, covered, until skin begins to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Brush with lemonade mixture, and grill, covered, turning and basting often, until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 165°F, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with lemon.

Recipe Revival, Oxmoor House, copyright 2016.