Have you tried Air Fried Lemon ChickenLemon Chicken Marinade is one of those recipes you didn’t know you needed until you tried it.  The simple marinade really turns a piece of chicken into a delicious mouthwatering dish you will love. 

Lemon Chicken Marinade

Seasoned with Italian Seasonings, Olive Oil and Fresh Lemon Juice, it won’t matter if you marinate Chicken Thighs or Breasts.  They will all be delicious.

Trust me when I say that this recipe is a keeper.  So Pin it NOW so you can find it later.  Lemon Chicken is a standard recipe.  Each piece of chicken will be perfectly seasoned and marinated.  Fresh Lemon Juice penetrates deep to ensure every bite has a citrus tangy taste.

Lemon Chicken Marinade

Weather you Air Fry, Grill, or Bake you will go back for more so make sure to throw some extra pieces in the marinade because you will want them.

Cuts of Chicken

Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs are wonderful to marinate.  The tender dark meat is flavored perfectly if dark meat is your jam.

Chicken Breasts are also ideal.  I prefer to slice larger breasts in half horizontally to make a smaller chicken cutlet. 

Whole Chickens can also be marinated and seasoned but you will want to Roast in the Oven for best results.

Lemon Chicken Marinade Ingredients

Lemon Chicken Ingredients

  • 1½ lbs Chicken
  • 4 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 4 Tbs Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbs Italian Seasonings
  • 1 Tbs Garlic Crushed
  • ½ tsp Pepper
  • ¾  tsp Salt
  • 1 Lemon sliced thin

In a bowl combine Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Italian Seasoning, Crushed Garlic, Salt and Pepper.  Stir to combine.  Marinade Chicken Breasts or Thighs for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours. 

Lemon Chicken Marinade in a bowl

Add sliced Lemons to the marinade and stir all ingredients.

I prefer to place marinade with chicken to a Zip-Loc bag.  It’s easily placed in refrigerator to marinate.  Shake bag to ensure chicken is coated.

I don’t recommend marinating overnight.  Lemon Juice, although a great tenderizer can also change the texture of chicken if left to marinate too long. 

How to Air Fry Chicken

Make sure to refer to your users manual for your specific Air Fryer.  I love to use the Mealthy CrispLid which will turn any 6qt or 8qt Pressure Cooker into an Air Fryer.  The small space of the CrispLid is ideal for so many reasons.

I personally love how compact this until it.  I just don’t have room for another full size appliance.  The CrispLid is perfect for my family.

I slice Chicken Breasts in half lengthwise (horizontally) to make a smaller Cutlet.  Each cutlet will Air Fry at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes per side depending on size. 

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Bake for Temperature

You’ve seen me use the Thermapen MK4 to test internal temperature.  Honestly, I threw all my other pen type thermometers away once I tried the Thermapen.  It’s so accurate and easily folds and is stored away for later use.

Chicken Breasts should reach 165 degrees internal temperature.  When you cook using Temperatures you guarantee yourself consistent results.

Learn more about the Thermapen MK4. This is the only digital thermometer brand I trust.

Air Fried Chicken Marinade

What to Serve with Air Fried Lemon Chicken? 

Make sure to try this easy to make Instant Pot Lemon Rice Pilaf Recipe.  It’s super simple and will compliment this Chicken Marinade nicely.  You might also enjoy these recipes too!

Lemon Chicken Marinade
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Lemon Chicken Marinade

Lemon Chicken Marinade is one of those recipes you didn’t know you needed until you tried it.  The simple marinade really turns a piece of chicken into a delicious mouthwatering dish you will love. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time16 mins
Marinate4 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 317kcal


  • 1 1/2 Lb Chicken Breasts or Thighs
  • 4 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 4 Tbs Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbs Italian Seasonings
  • 1 Tbs Garlic Crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 Lemon Sliced


Lemon Chicken Marinade

  • In a bowl combine Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Italian Seasonings, Garlic, salt and pepper
  • Mix to combine
  • Add Chicken
  • Marinate for 1 hour or up to 4 hours

Air Fryer Directions

  • Place Chicken in Air Fryer
  • Bake at 350 Degrees for 8 minutes per side or until internal temperature reached 165 degrees to ensure fully cooked.
  • Top with Lemon. Enjoy.


Marinate for 1 to 4 hours.  Do not over marinate.
Lemon Juice is a natural tenderizer but too much of a good thing will change the texture of the chicken to stringy and the meat will fall apart.


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 495mg | Potassium: 223mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
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