Lemon Pepper Marinade

A plate of lemon pepper marinaded chicken

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 3/4 cup
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
738 Calories
56g Fat
58g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 738
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 56g 72%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 31mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Protein 10g
Calcium 313mg 24%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This light and easy marinade recipe uses the acidic power of lemon juice to help tenderize and flavor meats. It's particularly good on poultry like rotisserie chicken, and both chicken and turkey breasts. This lemon pepper marinade will work both in the oven and on the grill.


  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill (roughly chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a medium bowl, add the lemon juice and slowly whisk in the vegetable oil until well combined.

  3. Add the remaining ingredients and continue to whisk for a few seconds.

  4. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes before using it to marinate poultry. Enjoy.


  • Marinate chicken breasts for 2 hours; turkey breast and whole chickens for 4 to 6 hours. 
  • If you're making the marinade ahead of time, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Double recipe if using on more than one bird.