Easy Lemon Chicken Recipe with Herbs

We can not even begin to tell you how much we love this easy lemon chicken. It’s far from boring. Instead the chicken is juicy, flavorful and easy to make. Jump to the Lemon Chicken recipe or read on to see how we make it.

This recipe bursts with lemon along with herbs, such as oregano and thyme, as well as toasted garlic and tangy mustard. It all starts with chicken thighs that we  rub with mustard, lemon zest and dried herbs. Then, we sear it in a hot pan, creating a golden brown crust. After that, we add lots of tart lemon juice and savory chicken stock then slide it into a hot oven until the chicken is juicy and cooked through.

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This is no ordinary chicken recipe. It’s one you’ll think about and crave for days.

Not ordinary at all, but the best part? It’s easy and is so versatile. Serve with rice and vegetables or with mashed potatoes. Pasta, even.

Easy Lemon Chicken Recipe with Herbs

You Can Use Chicken Thighs or Chicken Breasts

We love making this lemon chicken recipe with bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, however, you could certainly use chicken breast. If you can find them, try bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts. When cooked, they are moist and juicy. You could also use skinless chicken breasts — the chicken won’t be as succulent, but will still be delicious.

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Baked Chicken thighs with lemon and herbs

Recipe updated, originally posted December 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Easy Lemon Chicken Recipe with Herbs

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Far from boring, this lemon chicken recipe is moist, flavorful and easy to make. It bursts with lemon flavor along with herbs, toasted garlic and tangy mustard. At home, we use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, which we’ve found to be more moist and flavorful than chicken breast. With that said, this recipe can be made with chicken breasts and will still be very tasty.

Makes 4 servings

You Will Need

1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs, skin-on, bone-in, trimmed of excess fat

1 tablespoon whole grain mustard

1 tablespoon lemon zest (1 teaspoon for rub and 2 teaspoons for sauce)

1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons olive oil (1 tablespoon for rub, 1 tablespoon for cooking)

1/4 cup (60 ml) lemon juice (about 1 lemon)

1 1/4 cups (300 ml) low-sodium chicken stock, see our chicken stock recipe

2 garlic cloves, smashed

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour


  • Prepare Chicken
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

    Make rub for chicken. Combine mustard, 1 teaspoon of the lemon zest, oregano, thyme, salt and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a small bowl. Use fingers or a brush to coat chicken on both sides with the mustard rub.

    In another bowl or measuring jug, combine remaining lemon zest (2 teaspoons), lemon juice and the chicken stock. Set aside.

    • Cook Chicken
    • Heat remaining tablespoon of oil in a large oven-safe skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Add the smashed garlic then cook about 1 minute or until you can smell toasted garlic and the garlic has browned around the edges. Remove and discard the garlic, but leave the oil.

      Add the chicken, skin-side down, into the hot garlic-infused oil and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until the skin has turned golden brown.

      Flip chicken then add the lemon juice mixture from before. Stir then slide the pan into the oven and bake 25 to 35 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken reads 175 degrees F.Easy Lemon Chicken Recipe Step 2

      • To Finish
      • Remove pan from oven then transfer the chicken to a plate and cover with aluminum foil. There should still be liquid in the pan. Place the pan over medium heat and bring the liquid to a gentle simmer.

        In a small bowl, use your fingers to mix butter and flour together, making a dry, crumbly paste. Whisk the flour and butter into the sauce. The sauce will thicken slightly and look glossy. Nestle the chicken back into the pan then serve.Easy Lemon Chicken Recipe Step 3

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AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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  • sharyn caruso January 13, 2017, 9:23 am

    i made this the other day, was looking for a recipe made with thighs. OMG we flipped over this. what a great winter dish. i just printed it out so we will have it forever. YUMMMMM

  • Charlotte Gordon November 27, 2016, 3:08 pm

    Loved it! Didn’t have the specific type of mustard described but used a grainy, dijon and all turned out well 🙂

  • Dawne T October 25, 2016, 7:39 pm

    I just made this last week and it was Delicious!! Thank you so much for the recipe! Keep them coming please!!

  • Mar September 24, 2016, 12:42 pm

    Wow. I never tried a recipe from a blog, but I am so glad I did and from your blog because this recipe was so delish! I made it two weeks ago and next week, I will be making it again!

  • Michael Malone August 10, 2016, 1:52 pm

    I marinated this all night in the spices !! Up very early this morning and finished it for breakfast !! It was so easy and had a very very savory flavor and tender. Later in the day I opened the fridge and found the lemon juice and zest still sitting in another container !! LOL Even without the extra lemon juice it was wonderful. Thanks for sharing the recipe !

  • Michael Malone August 10, 2016, 1:52 pm

    I marinated this all night in the spices !! Up very early this morning and finished it for breakfast !! It was so easy and had a very very savory flavor and tender. Later in the day I opened the fridge and found the lemon juice and zest still sitting in another container !! LOL Even without the extra lemon juice it was wonderful. Thanks for sharing the recipe !

  • Marlene August 1, 2016, 4:56 am

    Can’t wait to make it. Will do tomorrow. Video is great..thank you so much. It clarifies any questions. 💫

  • Stanley June 20, 2016, 11:48 pm

    This was awesome. I just ate the frozen leftovers and it was great despite lack of crisp skin. Love that it’s simple to make, economical, and pretty much foolproof. The skin is soo.. delicious and the sauce is velvety. Like what you’d get at a really good Italian restaurant.

  • Michele May 6, 2016, 8:21 pm

    I just made this tonight. SO delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I will definitely be making this again.

  • Bill Lewis April 3, 2016, 6:43 pm

    Another success! Tried this one tonight along with your bacon-baked potatoes. Everything was excellent! keep up the good work.

  • Joan April 2, 2016, 11:03 pm

    The chicken dish turned out very well. Thank you! It is very healthy and very delicious while easy to digest.

  • Lorna February 22, 2016, 7:57 pm

    Excellent! Easy and delicious. Printed and filed under keeper. Mix of lemon and grainy mustard was perfect. Thanks!

  • Mary January 17, 2016, 8:56 pm

    Love the combination of fresh lemon and cbicken. I used boneless thighs and left out the butter and added a tablespoon of flour to the liquid left (after baking), whisked it and reduced it in the skillet to make the sauce). The recipe was easy and the results were delicious and lemony. My husband loved it. I served it over rice. Next time I will add capers. Five out of five stars!

  • Patsy December 29, 2015, 7:34 pm

    Delicious and easy. Probably the best flavor for a lemon sauce I’ve ever made while being the easiest. Loved it and highly recommend! Enjoy.

  • Keria C. November 23, 2015, 11:26 pm

    Thanks for this amazing recipe I made it for my husband and he demolished it! Didn’t have the dried mustard but it still turned out perfect! Looking forward to trying more of you guys great recipes!!! Definitely 5 Stars (:

  • Karrie November 11, 2015, 6:34 pm

    thank you so much for this recipe. The chicken is in the oven and smells amazing!
    I enjoyed the pictures and your great instructions!!!

  • Sam November 6, 2015, 7:16 pm

    Love love love this recipe! Thanks so much for this delicious recipe family loves it.

  • Joseph September 20, 2015, 9:11 pm

    Love this recipe. First time I made it as is. Wife and I loved it but kiddos were not too keen on it. Second time I added a little agave nectar to sweeten it up a bit and the kiddos ate it all up!

  • Kasia August 10, 2015, 12:02 pm

    Although we live in Poland we have this summer exactly like in Greece.
    So I chosen your recipe for a chicken with lemon.
    And it was just 10/10.
    Great one.
    Thank you and love from Poland/Krakow.

  • Kat May 9, 2015, 6:49 pm

    Eveytime I have chicken thighs, I go straight to this recipe! I love it and so does my hubby 🙂

  • Alonso lujano May 7, 2015, 11:21 pm

    Great dish I tried it twice, just need it to come back a see again the recipe,
    Plsee post more if posible
    This recipe is easy and delicious, we served it with steam vegetables and rice
    100 % recommend it


  • Priyanka April 17, 2015, 5:50 am

    This has been long due and i should have mentioned this before! I love your youtube channel and all your recipes! This one is due for this coming weekend! Thanks a ton for such wonderful recipes! 🙂

    • Joanne April 21, 2015, 1:02 pm

      Thank you so much, you are very sweet 🙂

  • Susie March 9, 2015, 4:12 pm

    Yummy. I added paprika and some finely minced garlic to the rub.

  • Teresa February 21, 2015, 2:36 pm

    I made this recipe as written, except for the oregano/thyme. I didn’t have them, so replaced with italian seasonings. Everyone in my family loved it. I served the chicken over baked rice and boy, was it delicious. It has become one of my monthly, go to chicken recipes. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Cat Arias February 12, 2015, 2:38 pm

    This is one of my favorite dishes of all time. I make it to wow dinner guests. It is easy, delicious, and presents beautifully! Thank you SO much!

  • Kevin Conley January 12, 2015, 8:20 pm

    We just made the Moist Lemon Chicken and LOVED IT!! Very easy to make and we had a blast making it together. Chardonnay went great with it. Thanks for a great date-night recipe!

  • Belinda January 7, 2015, 9:26 am

    I doubled the recipe using skinless, boneless thighs. Delicious! But question – Took me a very long time to thicken the sauce after removing from oven. I kept stirring and heating till it was not so thin. Guests were waiting patiently. Was it due to doubling the amount? Was I trying to get it too thick? Otherwise, seemed too thin. Thank you.


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