Chicken legs with lemon

Chicken legs with lemon


A chicken leg or a whole chicken has to be the most popular poultry meat in the kitchen. We would like to present you with a recipe that combines all of the flavours - spicy, salty, sour and sweet. This marinade is perfect for chicken legs.


  • 4 chicken legs
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • Chili
  • 3 thyme branches
  • 40 ml of vegetable oil
  • 1 sweet onion


Traditionally chicken has always been prepared on New Year's Eve or other festive occasions. Cooks have always made an effort to surprise their guests, constantly worrying about the meat getting too dry.

When the grandmother or the mother revealed her cooking secrets, one learnt that the secret lies not only in the freshness of the meat, but also in the marinade.

In the middle of the 20th century, it was difficult to find fresh chilli in Eastern Europe, so they resorted to ground red peppers. Lemons, on the other hand, could be purchased both in summer and in winter.

Thyme is called  "Chabrez" in Russian. Thyme was used to prepare tea, but it was also used in cooking.

So this led to the ideal combination of all these tastes, which is crowned with long and impressive after-taste as well as high praise for the cook.

Sweet and spicy chicken legs with lemon


1. Grate the lemon peel

2. Chop the garlic into thin slices.

3. Chop the chill.

4. Squeeze out the lemon and pluck the thyme leaves.

5. Mix all ingredients together with the vegetable oil, mustard and honey. Carefully stir the marinade.

6. Rub the marinade into the chicken meat.

7. Cover the meat with cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

8. Remove the meat from the fridge, place the thyme sprigs and half a lemon in the baking pan.

9. Cut the onions into rings and place on top of the chicken.

10. Cook the meat in the oven at 180 ° C for 45 minutes.

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