Chicken Thighs with Meyer Lemon Salsa

By Marcus Samuelsson |

Meyer lemon season is short-lived, but highly anticipated. Meyer lemons are available from November-March, and are prized by chefs for their sweet and bright flavor.

A member of the citrus family, meyer lemons are a cross between regular lemons and mandarin oranges. They are a wonderful substitute for regular lemons in most recipes by adding the burst of lemon flavor without the bite or high level of acidity. This meyer lemon salsa is a great compliment to yogurt marinated chicken, but would also be delicious with scallops or pork.


Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit

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Prep Details

Servings: 4

Calories per serving: 272 per serving

Prep time: 20 min plus 1 hr marinating

Cooking time: 25

Total time: 1 hr 45 min


3 Meyer lemons

1/2 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely chopped

2 scallions sliced thinly, 1 tblsp set aside

1 jalapeno pepper , finely chopped

pinch of sugar

salt and pepper

4 chicken thighs , bone-in, skinless

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

1/4 cup plain yogurt

2 garlic cloves coarsely chopped

1 tblsp vegetable oil

1 tsp fennel seeds lightly toasted and ground

1 tsp tumeric


Photo: Kendall Kish

1. Using a pairing knife, cut all peel and white pith from lemons; discard. Working over a small bowl, cut between membranes to release segments into bowl; squeeze in juice from membranes and discard membranes. Strain juice into another bowl.

2. Combine segments, 1 Tbsp. strained lemon juice (reserve remaining juice for another use), cucumber, 2 Tbsp. scallions, and chile in a small bowl; mix well. Stir in sugar; season salsa with salt and set aside.

3. Place chicken in a dish and season with salt and pepper. In a mini-processor or blender, purée 1/4 cup cilantro, yogurt, vegetable oil, garlic, coriander, and turmeric. Pour marinade over chicken; toss to coat. Let marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes, or 1 hour in the refrigerator.

4. Preheat broiler. Place chicken onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil, watching closely to prevent burning, until browned, about 10-12 minutes. Turn the oven to 350 degrees and finish cooking in the oven for another 10-15 minutes. Transfer chicken to plates. Spoon Meyer lemon salsa over chicken. Garnish with remaining 1 Tbsp. scallions.