lemon salted chicken

At Kootenay Spice, we love trying new techniques with our products. We have salt-brined chicken in the past, but recently we thought to ourselves, “Wouldn’t that be good with lemon flavour too?”. Not surprising, that evening for dinner we had our first lemon salted chicken drumsticks!

It may sound like a crazy idea, soaking your chicken in a salt water brine, but it tenderizes the meat perfectly and because it gets rinsed off before cooking, it does not leave your meat tasting salty.

This recipe is super simple to make with minimal ingredients and minimal prep time. We chose to use drumsticks, but feel free to use whatever you happen to have on hand.


For this lemon salted chicken, you will need:

1 package chicken
water (enough to cover the chicken in a sealed container or bag)
Kootenay Spice Lemon Salt (2 tablespoons per cup of water)
1 tablespoon Kootenay Spice Lemon Salt (reserved)


Mix 2 tablespoons of lemon salt per cup of water and stir well. It won’t all dissolve, but mix it up as best as you can.

Place the chicken in a sealable container or zipper bag. Pour the lemon salted water over the chicken and seal.


Let marinate in the refrigerator for about an hour.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Rinse the Lemon Salt brine off of the chicken.


Place the chicken in an oiled baking dish and sprinkle with pepper and additional tablespoon of lemon salt.

Cook the chicken for about 1 hour, until it has browned and is cooked through.

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Serve with your favourite sides (we sprinkled Kootenay Spice Medley over lightly oiled asparagus and baked it in the oven with the chicken for the last 20 minutes) and Enjoy!