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How to Make Easy Lemon Chicken

This easy lemon chicken recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner! Not too lemony, just right. It’s made with garlic, butter, lemon, thyme, and rosemary.

Tips for Making Lemon Chicken

Lemon is acidic and helps balance the stronger flavor of the dark meat in thighs and legs, and the fat from the chicken skin.

 

Of course, you can use chicken breasts if you prefer. Depending on the size of your pieces, you probably won’t need to cook them as long as thighs.

 

Don’t like the skin? Not everyone does. But do cook with the skin-on if you can. Cooking with the skin on not only protects the meat from drying out, the chicken gets bathed with the flavor from the skin while it cooks.

A Fan Favorite

This recipe has been one of the most popular on Simply Recipes for years. It’s easy to make—just a simple marinade with lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, and herbs, and then into the oven it goes.

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Lemon chicken is a tangy and flavorful dish that is quick and easy to make. Here’s a simple recipe for lemon chicken:

Ingredients:
  • 1.5 lbs (700g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 2 lemons
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro for garnish (optional)
Instructions:
  1. Start by preparing the marinade. In a small bowl, combine the juice of both lemons, minced garlic, olive oil, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.

  2. Cut the chicken breasts or thighs into evenly-sized pieces. Place the chicken in a shallow dish or a zip-top bag.

  3. Pour the marinade over the chicken, making sure it is evenly coated. You can use your hands or a spoon to massage the marinade into the chicken pieces. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator. For better flavor, marinate it for up to 4 hours.

  4. Heat a large skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan.

  5. Once the pan is hot, remove the chicken from the marinade (reserving the marinade) and add it to the pan. Cook the chicken for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until it is cooked through and nicely browned. The cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the chicken pieces. Make sure the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).

  6. Remove the cooked chicken from the pan and set it aside on a plate. Cover it with foil to keep it warm.

  7. In the same pan, add the reserved marinade and bring it to a simmer. Cook for 2-3 minutes until it slightly thickens.

  8. Pour the sauce over the cooked chicken, ensuring it is well coated. Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro if desired.

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Serve the chicken with the juices on the side or a little poured over the top of the chicken.

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