Lemon Pepper Mason Jar Chicken

Lemon Pepper Mason Jar Chicken by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

Yesterday I had planned on roasting a whole chicken, and I thought why not make it on the grill. And my go-to way to make chicken on the grill is to make beer can chicken, but we were out of beer! I know, how could I! But I was still had my heart set on beer can chicken, and I remember my husband telling me one of his friends was telling him about mason jar turkey around Thanksgiving, so I figured I would give it a whirl with my chicken.

Lemon Pepper Mason Jar Chicken by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

I basically just wanted to try this out first, so I kept the recipe very simple and made lemon pepper chicken. It’s quick and easy and you can add some thyme if you want and have lemon thyme pepper chicken. I started by adding salt and lots of cracked black pepper to my chicken. Then I added a halved a lemon and squeezed it in a a pint sized mason jar and finish filling the jar with chicken stock. You could also just use water. To this jar, you can also add fresh or dried herbs. I added a little thyme.

Then you place the chicken on the jar, and place that on the grill that has been heated over low heat. Then just grill until golden! It’s that easy, and you have all the benefits of moist and juicy beer can chicken, but without the beer. It’s perfect for people that don’t drink beer, and the technique of using a mason jar is alot more versatile. You can add all sorts of flavor combinations to your jar. Your only limited by your imagination!

Lemon Pepper Mason Jar Chicken by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe Lemon Pepper Mason Jar Chicken by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

Lemon Pepper Mason Jar Chicken by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

Lemon Pepper Mason Jar Chicken

Ingredients:

1 (3 - 4lb) fryer chicken
1 whole lemon, cut in half
2 tablespoons freshly cracked black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup chicken stock or water
1 pint sized mason jar
1 small bunch thyme (optional)

Directions:

Heat grill over low heat (350°-400°). Add chicken stock or water, lemon and optional thyme to mason jar. Salt and pepper chicken. Place chicken on mason jar, and then place on grill. (Depending on chicken size, you may have to slightly force your chicken on the jar)

Grill chicken over 350°-400° , or until chicken is golden brown, juices run clear, and the internal temperature is 165°.

Lemon Pepper Mason Jar Chicken by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

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19 Responses to “Lemon Pepper Mason Jar Chicken”

  1. 1
    Kristen — January 11, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    What a great idea!
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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — January 11, 2013 @ 9:36 am

    I bet that chicken is incredible!
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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — January 11, 2013 @ 9:49 am

    I have been wanting to try this for months! Yours looks amazing!!
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    Tanya — January 11, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    That looks delicious. I’ve never tried to grill a whole chicken before. How long did it take to cook all the way?
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    Paula - bell'alimento — January 11, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    That is one sexy chicken …
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    Emilia — January 11, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    Angie, what sort of jar did you use? Should I go out and get a Ball mason jar or would a big glass jar from salsa etc work? I don’t want it to explode.

    • Angie replied: — January 11th, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

      I would stick with a canning jar. I’m sure about a salsa jar. Just be sure not to run cold water over the hot glass, like after you take the chicken off the grill.

  7. 7
    Cat Davis - Food Family Finds — January 11, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

    Sticking a jar up a chicken’s butt would feel very awkward but that does look mighty tasty.
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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — January 11, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

    I’ve always loved beer can chicken but never thought about a mason jar. This looks so good!
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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — January 11, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

    Interesting! We’ll have to give this one a go, looks delicious!
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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 11, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

    This is the best idea! I love beer can chicken and this has got to be fantastic.
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    Tasha zee — January 11, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    Looks so delectable!

  12. 12

    This is something I know my family would enjoy and I would love the addition of the thyme.

  13. 13
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 14, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    GORGEOUS!! That looks amazing Angie!
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    Tara @ Unsophisticook — January 14, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    Love this idea! We’ve actually never tried the beer-can-chicken-on-the-grill thing, but I think I’d like this one better anyhow.
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    Shaina — January 15, 2013 @ 11:32 pm

    Ingenious!
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    This looks good ! — May 6, 2013 @ 11:54 am

    Can this be done in a oven and not on a grill?

  18. 17
    Angie — May 7, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    I have done a beer can chicken in the oven before and it worked well. Just add a sheet pan, or line your oven with aluminum foil. It might be messy!

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