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Lemon Pollo Frito

Pollo frito sounds indulgent but my version calls for a bone-in chicken that's marinated in lemon juice and pan-fried until golden brown instead of deep fried, making it much lighter than the original.

Lemon Pollo Frito



Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

25 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (2 to3 lemons, depending on size)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 3 1/2-pound whole frying chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups olive oil (approximate amount)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (approximate amount)
  • Lemon wedges (for garnish)
  • 6 sprigs fresh Italian parsley (for garnish)


  1. Originally seen on Everyday Italian. Episode: Italian Southern Comfort.
  2. In a large casserole dish, whisk the lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, and salt to blend. Add the chicken pieces and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 1 day, turning the chicken pieces occasionally.
  3. In a large cast iron frying pan or other heavy frying pan, add enough oil to come 1/3-inch up the sides of the pan. Heat the oil over medium heat. Meanwhile, drain the marinade from the chicken. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with pepper. Working in 2 batches, dredge the chicken in the flour to coat completely. Shake off the excess flour and then carefully add the chicken to the hot oil. Fry until the chicken is golden brown and just cooked through, turning occasionally, about 25 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the chicken to a paper towel-lined plate to drain the excess oil.
  4. Arrange the fried chicken on a warm platter and serve with the lemon wedges and parsley.



Nutrition Serving Size
per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
5 grams
11 grams
33 grams
Saturated Fat
6 grams
40 milligrams
213 milligrams
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