Crispy Lemon Chicken Thighs

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Fresh and fragrant these crispy skinned lemon chicken thighs are a delicious entrée with lots of flavor. We love baked chicken thighs and this citrusy version is an easy weeknight meal. 

Made from scratch with just minutes of prep, baked lemon chicken is a simple recipe to impress family or friends without a lot of fuss. Pair it with roasted green beans and potatoes for a hearty and delicious meal!

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Why You’ll Love This Chicken

  • Extra fast prep, just minutes!
  • Fresh and flavorful, doesn’t need many ingredients but packs great flavor.
  • Super juicy chicken with crispy skin.
  • Pairs well with almost any side from scalloped potatoes to garlic butter rice.

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How to Make Lemon Chicken

These fresh chicken thighs come together quickly and easily.

  1. Combine all ingredients and marinate the chicken.
  2. Roast until cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F, broil to crisp up the skin if desired.
  3. Garnish with parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice if desired and serve.

Roasted Chicken Thighs on a baking sheet

Quick Tips

  • The rack is optional but helps the chicken crisp on the bottom.
  • Be sure to season the chicken generously with salt.
  • If you have lemon pepper seasoning in the pantry, use it in place of (or along with) the salt for extra flavor.
  • Split chicken breasts will work in this recipe, roast at 425°F for 40-50 minutes.
  • Boneless chicken breasts (5-6 oz each) will need to roast at 400°F for 24-27 minutes.

What to Serve with Lemon Chicken

Lemon chicken casserole tastes terrific served over pasta or rice to soak up the delicious sauce. Fondant potatoes and roasted asparagus would be elegant and taste excellent paired with this entrée.

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Got Leftovers?

You won’t want to waste one bite of this delicious dish! For any leftovers, store them in an airtight container or zippered bag and either pop in the fridge or freezer to save for later!

  • If Refrigerated, the leftovers will last for up to four days.
  • If Frozen, leftovers should last up to four months, if you can resist them that long!

When ready to enjoy, thaw in the refrigerator before reheating. Then bake in a 350°F oven for ½ hour or until it reaches the poultry safe temperature of 165°F.

Chicken for Dinner?

Did your family love this Lemon Roasted Chicken? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

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5 from 7 votes
Review Recipe

Crispy Lemon Chicken Thighs

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
A delicious entrée with a hint of sophistication.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs bone-in chicken thighs with skin approx. 5-6 ounces each
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lemon juiced and zested plus extra for serving if desired
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a pan with foil and place a baking rack on top (the rack is optional but helps the bottom crisp).
  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Toss well to combine and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  • Place the chicken thighs on the rack and roast 35-40 minutes or until chicken reaches 165°F.
  • Broil 2-3 minutes to crisp if desired. Serve with additional lemon wedges.

Recipe Notes

The rack is optional but helps the chicken crisp on the bottom.
Be sure to season the chicken generously with salt.
If you have lemon pepper seasoning in the pantry, use it in place of (or along with) the salt for extra flavor. 
Split chicken breasts will work in this recipe, roast at 425°F for 40-50 minutes.
Boneless chicken breasts (6 oz each) will need to roast at 400°F for 24-27 minutes. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 351, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 142mg, Sodium: 112mg, Potassium: 296mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 113IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 19mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
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  1. I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO TRY LEMON CHICKEN, SO THIS WAS MY FIRST TIME.
    I MADE IT FOR A RETIREMENT LUNCHEON AT WORK & “EVERYONE” LOVED IT. !!!!!
    IT WAS SUPER GOOD, FULL OF FLAVOR……………MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM :) :)
    WISH I HAD SOME NOW !!
    THEY COULD NOT STOP TALKING ABOUT IT. THIS RECIPE IS A DEFINITE KEEPER!!!!!
    ONE GUYS WIFE SAID IF HE WANTS LEMON CHICKEN FOR DINNER, CALL ME………LOL.
    THANK YOU SO VERY VERY MUCH FOR ALLLLLLLLLL YOU DO HOLLY. GOD BLESS YOU :)

  2. Tried this last night it was so good… the only thing I didn’t do is use the rack. I also use my air fryer, use regular bake then I broiled it for 2 mins it’s was still delicious.. the skin was nice and crispy…. Husband said you need to make this gain ☺️ We also had it cilantro lime rice…
    Thank you for sharing your recipe….5 stars