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 Half Stick (1/4 cup) Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt softened
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, 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.
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.
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There's no better way to enjoy your long-awaited summer weekends than with good food and good company.
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.