This Grilled Rosemary Lemon Chicken recipe is easy to make for a crowd! I used drumsticks and thighs for the recipe, but breasts would work as well. This recipe can be part of a low-carb, keto, Atkins, gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, or Banting diet.

Grilled Rosemary Lemon Chicken -drumstick on a plate ready for eating.

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The Recipe

This Grilled Rosemary Lemon Chicken recipe starts by marinating the chicken pieces in a lemon juice, avocado oil,  garlic and rosemary. This allows the flavors to soak deep in the meat so you get that rosemary, lemon, and garlic goodness in every bite. 

Grilled Rosemary Lemon Chicken-lemon juice, rosemary and garlic ingredients shot.

I used skin-on thighs and drumsticks for this recipe. These work well for those on a keto diet because they have a richer fat content. I love them because they have a deeper flavor and are juicier than the breast pieces. One of my favorite things about the thighs and legs is that they are inexpensive. More flavor for less money–Who doesn’t want that?

Of course, there are those people out there who are will only eat chicken breasts. This recipe will work for those too. Skin-on breasts will turn out juicier than skinless breasts, but the skinless will still be tasty.

The Inspiration

This recipe was inspired by the need to feed lots of people at once. Summer is here and we have had several batches of relatives make their yearly trek to spend some time with us. I have found grilling to be a super simple way to feed everyone and still be able to spend time enjoying their company.

Grilled Rosemary Lemon Chicken on a serving platter.

During one of these visits, one evening I decided to pop some hot dogs on the grill for the kids, but thought the adults might like some marinated chicken for a more grown-up dinner. I thought the flavors of lemon and rosemary would fit the bill, so I threw together this marinade. 

This chicken was such a hit that even the kids ate multiple pieces. I had some hot dogs left over that night, but every single piece of chicken was gone. 

Grilled Rosemary Lemon Chicken -Cutting into a drumstick.

While I have the recipe in the blog to cover about two drumsticks and two thighs, you can easily double or triple the dish to serve lots of people. If you love grilling, you may also want to try my recipe for Easy Low-Carb Citrus-Ginger Grilled Chicken KabobsGrilled Marinated London Broil Recipe,  Grilled Chili Lime Shrimp Kabobs or this keto bbq sauce from Low Carb Maven. Enjoy!


I really wasn’t sure how to do the nutritional information for the marinate since much of it doesn’t get eaten, so the nutritional estimation for this recipe includes all of the marinate. This will overestimate all of the values.

Grilled Rosemary Lemon Chicken-Recipe shot
5 from 6 votes

Grilled Rosemary Lemon Chicken Recipe

This Grilled Rosemary Lemon Chicken recipe is easy to make for a crowd! I used drumsticks and thighs for the recipe, but breasts would work as well. This recipe can be part of a low-carb, keto, Atkins, gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, or Banting diet.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, low-carb
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating time 45 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 407 kcal
Author Annissa Slusher


  • 1/4 cup lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil (or oll of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 pounds chicken drumsticks and thighs skin-on
  • additional sea salt (optional)


  1. In a glass container big enough to hold all of the chicken pieces, whisk together the lemon juice, avocado oil, lemon zest, rosemary, garlic, and 1 teaspoon sea salt.

    Grilled Rosemary Lemon Chicken -Marinate ready for chicken.
  2. Add the chicken pieces to the marinate, turning to coat each one. Cover and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes and up to overnight. Turn chicken pieces once or twice during this time to be sure all pieces are equally coated with marinate.

    Grilled Rosemary Lemon Chicken -Chicken pieces in the marinate.
  3. Preheat grill to high with grill closed. If desired, sprinkle chicken pieces lightly with sea salt. Place chicken pieces on the grill with skin side down. Close grill and turn heat to low. 

    Grilled Rosemary Lemon Chicken -Skin side down on the grill.
  4. Grill chicken skin-side down until brown on the skin browns, about 5-7 minutes. Turn chicken so the skin is up, close grill and continue to cook over low heat until cooked through, about 5-7 minutes, but the time can vary wildly depending on the grill and thickness of the chicken pieces. 

    Grilled Rosemary Lemon Chicken-second side down.
  5. Remove from grill and allow to rest for 5 -10 minutes before serving. 

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values for this recipe include the marinate. 

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Rosemary Lemon Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 407 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 210mg70%
Sodium 680mg30%
Potassium 503mg14%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 200%4%
Vitamin C 11.6%14%
Calcium 10%1%
Iron 1.4%8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.