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Easy Lemon Chicken Thighs Recipe with Herbs

We love this easy lemon chicken recipe. The chicken is juicy, ultra flavorful, and easy to make. Add this one to your rotation; you won’t regret it! Jump to the Easy Lemon Chicken Thighs Recipe or watch our quick recipe video showing you how we make it.

The chicken bursts with flavor thanks to fresh lemon, oregano, thyme, garlic, and mustard. We’re showing the recipe with chicken thighs, but you can swap them for chicken breast or even drumsticks.

Baked Chicken Breasts with LemonHere’s another favortie chicken recipe! If you you’ve been searching for a recipe that guarantees juicy, tender and flavorful chicken breasts, then take a look at these oven baked chicken breasts with lemon and garlic.

How to Make Juicy Flavorful Lemon Chicken Thighs

There’s so much flavor in this recipe (read the reviews, everyone loves it). We prefer making this with bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, but as we mentioned above, you can use chicken breast or drumsticks. We love cooking with chicken thighs so much, we even use them to make chicken noodle soup!

How to Make Juicy Flavorful Lemon Chicken Thighs

There are two steps to make the chicken,

  • First, sear spice rubbed chicken thighs, skin-side-down in a hot pan until the skin is brown, which renders some of the fat and makes sure that the skin won’t be flabby.
  • Second, we flip the chicken, add chicken stock and lemon juice to the pan and then slide everything into the oven to finish cooking. We do this with other cuts of meat, too. Take a look at this pork tenderloin recipe with apples. In that recipe, we sear the pork on all sides and then slide it into the oven to finish. This method makes sure that the pork or in our case, the chicken is ultra flavorful on the outside and perfectly cooked on the inside.

Just before serving, we make a quick sauce by simmering the juices left in the pan with a bit of flour and butter. The flour and butter thicken the juices and makes a delicious pan gravy for spooning over the chicken. I especially love spooning lots of the gravy over creamy mashed potatoes.

Easy Lemon Chicken Thighs Recipe with Herbs

After sharing this recipe, many of you asked for a slow cooker version. Our slow cooker lemon chicken makes melt-in-your-mouth tender chicken cooked in a lemon chicken gravy. Wow is it good!

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 Thighs Recipe with Herbs

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These lemon chicken thighs are juicy, flavorful, and easy to make. The chicken bursts with flavor thanks to fresh lemon, oregano, thyme, garlic, and mustard. We love to use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, which we’ve found to be more tender and flavorful than chicken breast. With that said, you can use chicken breast or chicken drumsticks.

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

Directions

  • Prepare Chicken
  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.

    Make the rub for chicken. Combine mustard, one teaspoon of the lemon zest, oregano, thyme, salt and one 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 the 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.

      • 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, 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.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values. We omitted salt from the calculations since you will need to add to your tastes. We assumed four servings.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1/4 of the recipe / Calories 319 / Protein 22 g / Carbohydrate 5 g / Dietary Fiber 1 g / Total Sugars 1 g / Total Fat 24 g / Saturated Fat 7 g / Cholesterol 127 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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162 comments… Leave a Comment
  • 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

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  • 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 🙂

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  • 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!!

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  • 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!

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  • 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 !

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  • 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 !

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  • 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. 💫

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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