Here’s my wife’s latest marinade for chicken. Of course this can be used very nicely on any poultry, pork or fish I would say.
My wife and I make a great team. She makes the marinade, and I smoke or grill it up. Sometimes she grills it too, and sometimes I make the marinade and cook it up. Either way, it’s working, because we’re eating pretty damn good these days!
Plus, you’ll notice if you look around at some of the recipes on this website that they’re on the healthier side. We use lean meat, and low fat ingredients wherever possible.
Smoked Honey Lemon Chicken
Preparation Time: 45 minutes
Marinade Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: 2 hours
- 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Clean and rinse your chicken breasts and put them in a sealable container.
- Combine the lemon juice, honey and olive oil in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 10 seconds. This will thin out the honey and allow for better mixing. And only 10 seconds will keep it from getting too warm to safely mix with the meat. Pour this over the chicken breasts, seal the container and refrigerate over night, or for 8 hours.
- After the meat is thoroughly marinated, take the chicken out of the marinade and discard the marinade. Get your smoker set up. You'll want to get this up to about 250 to 270 degrees F. I used apple wood for this, but you can certainly use the wood of your choice.
- Once the smoker is settled in at about 260 degrees F, put the chicken directly on the grate. This will take about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to get done. Depending on how done you like your chicken.
Note: I recommend taking it off when the temperature of the meat, (measured at the center of the thickest part of the breast), reaches about 160 degrees on a digital thermometer. Most charts list 167 degrees as the temperature for being done. I’ve personally found that 160 degrees is thoroughly cooked, but still very moist and tender. 167 degrees tends to be more dried out and a bit on the chalky side.