Summer is here and it’s officially don’t-turn-on-the-oven season. Easy and fast grilled chicken is the way to go! Try this recipe that’s jazzed up with lemon and tarragon, it’s sooooo good. Feeds a crowd!

Lemon Tarragon Grilled Chicken from The Food Charlatan

Are you guys show re-watchers? Book re-readers? I’m guilty of both. As I type, Eric and I are re-watching Leslie Knope win the election on Parks and Rec. It’s still hilarious.

Just like Harry Potter is still the most awesome person to have ever not actually existed. Yes, I reread the whole series while I was pregnant-sick. Don’t judge me. I started with the 7th one in the hopes that I would feel a sense of closure at the end, and not pick up the other 6 books. It didn’t work.

Lemon Tarragon Grilled Chicken from The Food Charlatan

The other day I started telling my favorite Harry Potter quote* to a friend of mine (yes, really) when she told me that she hadn’t read any of them (yes, really). I have never been at such a loss for words in my entire life. I’ve never tried to sell Harry Potter to anyone before, because there’s never been a need. Everyone has read them. Like, where do you even start?

Now I suppose you’re going to tell me that some of you weirdos haven’t read it either. Well hop to it. You’re still alive, aren’t you? No time to lose.

Lemon Tarragon Grilled Chicken from The Food Charlatan

It is officially summertime around here, which means that my oven is officially off-duty. I mean, not really, because cookies don’t just bake themselves. But there are no baked casseroles going on over here these days, that’s for sure.

Lemon Tarragon Grilled Chicken from The Food Charlatan

Lemon Tarragon Grilled Chicken from The Food Charlatan

Instead we are eating grilled chicken day and night. Like this Lemon Tarragon Grilled Chicken. Have you ever had fresh tarragon? It’s not an herb I reach for all that often, but it goes phenomenally with lemon in this recipe. (The other dish I love tarragon in is this Lemon Tarragon Pasta Salad. It’s my favorite pasta salad, ever!)

It you are dubious you could sub another herb I suppose, like basil. But I promise it’s amazing. Just like Harry Potter. But don’t take my word for it.

Let me know if you try out the recipe!

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Lemon Tarragon Grilled Chicken

4.67 from 3 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Summer is here and it's officially don't-turn-on-the-oven season. Easy and fast grilled chicken is the way to go! Try this recipe that's jazzed up with lemon and tarragon, it's sooooo good. Feeds a crowd!


  • 12 chicken drumsticks, 4-5 pounds
  • 6 chicken thighs, bone in (about 5 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons salt, to season the chicken
  • 2 teaspoon pepper, to season the chicken

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 1 large lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh tarragon, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • fresh lemons, to garnish


  • Set all the burners on your grill to high heat. Use paper towels to pat the drumsticks and chicken thighs dry. Use a sharp knife to remove any extra fat. Sprinkle with lots of salt and pepper on all sides.
  • Turn off one burner and grease the rack above it. Arrange the drumsticks on the rack that is over the turned-off side (you are grilling them over indirect heat). Grill for 20 minutes. Flip each drumstick, then grill for another 20 minutes or until a meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees F. If you would like to char the outside of the drumsticks, turn the burner directly underneath the chicken on to high heat and grill until nicely browned, flipping once.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine lemon juice, tarragon, garlic, salt and pepper. Add the olive oil in a thin stream while whisking constantly to make sure it emulsifies. When the chicken is done add it to the bowl with the sauce and turn to coat. Cover with foil and keep warm.
  • Repeat the process for the chicken thighs. High heat, then turn off one burner. Grease the rack above the turned off side and then put the chicken thighs on. Grill for about 15 minutes per side or until they reach 165 degrees F. Turn the burner on to high heat for the last couple minutes to get a nice char.
  • Add the thighs to the bowl with the sauce and turn to coat. Serve hot.


This recipe was originally posted by me on I Heart Naptime. I was a contributor for Jamielyn’s blog last year, but I figure you guys want the recipes too!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 535kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 218mg | Sodium: 2380mg | Potassium: 549mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 221IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Calories: 535
Keyword: Grilled chicken, lemon, tarragon
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*Here’s the quote:

Hermione, talking about Cho: “Well, obviously, she’s feeling very sad, because of Cedric dying. Then I expect she’s feeling confused because she liked Cedric and now she likes Harry, and she can’t work out who she likes best. Then she’ll be feeling guilty, thinking it’s an insult to Cedric’s memory to be kissing Harry at all, and she’ll be worrying about what everyone else might say about her if she starts going out with Harry. And she probably can’t work out what her feelings towards Harry are anyway, because he was the one who was with Cedric when Cedric died, so that’s all very mixed up and painful. Oh, and she’s afraid she’s going to be thrown off the Ravenclaw Quidditch team because she’s flying so badly.”
A slightly stunned silence greeted the end of this speech, then Ron said, “One person can’t feel all that at once, they’d explode.”

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  1. Tarragon loses its flavor when exposed to heat, so its flavor will be ok when i make this dish?The tarragon in the recipe is the french, russian or the wild one? Since their flavor aren’t the same.

    1. Hey Lita! Unfortunately I have no idea what kind of tarragon I used, it’s whatever kind they sell in American grocery stores! And you don’t cook the tarragon in this recipe, it’s just mixed into the dressing. I hope you like it!

  2. BAHAHA – KAREN! I’ve never read them. Or watch the movies either. Can I just borrow yours? You’ve already read them twice…

    The tarragon on this chicken is GENIUS. I’m coming over for dinner and Harry Potter.

    1. UUUGH I knew you were too good to be true. This is like when you’re dating someone and everything is going good but then you find out they keep all their fingernail clippings or something. YES you can borrow mine, but I don’t even know if you want to because they are literally falling apart and that’s probably annoying. haha!

  3. Re-watching Parks and Rec is always a good choice. That is one of my favorite shows. And I once had someone tell me Harry Potter was boring. I had NO words.
    This chicken looks fantastic. The combo of lemon wih chicken is so good. And it looks perfectly grilled!

  4. i’m not really a book re-reader, which is weird because i own books. (and why own them if i’m never going to read them again?) but i totally am a show re-watcher, as evidenced by the star trek and/or house re-runs i watch to fall asleep literally every single night. i also love actually re-watching shows, esp if you can watch them with someone who hasn’t seen them before. i feel like i can always find something new in them.

    i’ll rewatch certain movies, but not many. but i think that’s because i don’t have the attention span for any movie 99% of the time so when we do see one i use that opportunity for something i haven’t watched before. plus with movies and books there’s so much sucked out of them once you find out what happens “in the end.” with shows to me it’s more about all the stuff along the way, there’s not necessarily one big driving conclusion.

    harry potter is one of the movies i’ll rewatch, but i admit i’ve never read the books! but i’ve really always meant to. just these days whenever i try to read, i fall asleep. it annoys me to no end. my partner got me into comic books, so i’m working back up to “real” books but sometimes i even fall asleep mid-comic, haha! i feel like an old lady. (sad trombone.)

    (ps, finally bought the ingredients to make your cuban pork tomorrow!)

  5. Never read Harry Potter????? There is a gryffindor t-shirt in my closet…and I still wear it proudly! hahaha! I’m loving this grilled chicken, tarragon is such an under used herb but I love it!

  6. Yummy chicken! I often re-read good books. I have read the Harry Potter series multiple times :)

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