A little lemon and a little pepper liven up ordinary chicken breasts for dinner on the grill.
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4 (8-ounce) bone-in, skin on, split chicken breasts
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt, divided
2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Fresh thyme sprigs, if desired
Grilled lemon slices, if desired
Heat gas grill on medium or charcoal grill until coals are ash white.
Combine 2 tablespoons Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt, lemon zest and pepper in bowl; mix well.
Loosen skin on chicken breasts; spread lemon butter mixture under skin of each breast.
Place remaining butter into bowl; microwave 5-10 seconds or just until melted. Stir in lemon juice.
Place chicken onto grill, skin-side up. Grill 8 minutes. Turn chicken; brush top of chicken with 1/3 butter mixture. Grill 8 minutes. Turn chicken again, brush with 1/3 butter mixture. Grill 8 minutes. Turn chicken again, brush with remaining butter mixture. Grill 8-10 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165ºF and juices run clear when pierced with fork.
Garnish with thyme sprigs and lemon slices, if desired.
To grill lemon slices, slice lemon into 1/4 inch thick slices. Brush lightly with additional melted Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt. Grill, turning once, 2-3 minutes until slightly charred.
Throw some chicken on the grill and you are half way to an easy, delicious dinner. Chicken is a crowd-pleaser and goes well with everything from lemon pepper to fruity salsas.