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Lemonade Chicken

  • Author: Autumn Reo of


This lemonade-inspired chicken includes a lemon marinate and lemon batter for the perfect mix of lemon, crispy chicken made in the oven.


  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 5 chicken drumsticks
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or seasoning salt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • Cooking spray


  1. Mix half the lemon zest and the lemon juice in a large bowl.
  2. Add 1/2 cup water, sugar and whisk to dissolve.
  3. Add the buttermilk.
  4. Poke chicken fork and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Place in a plastic zipper bag.
  6. Add the marinade and refrigerate overnight.
  7. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  8. To batter the chicken: Mix panko, thyme, lemon zest, seasonings in a large resealable plastic bag.
  9. Shake to mix.
  10. In a bowl, add mayonnaise and roll chicken in mayo.
  11. Then add chicken to the bag and shake to coat.
  12. Spray the pan with cooking spray and to chicken.
  13. Bake until golden, about 35 minutes.
  14. Turn over and then bake until browned and crisp.