Tonight’s dinner is a testament to the fact that healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring or time-consuming. We’re whipping up a lemon garlic chicken – inspired by the great Ina Garten – that’s become a staple in our kitchen for its simplicity and burst of flavor. Trust me, this recipe will have you rethinking your weeknight meals.

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Lemon-Garlic Chicken

Whip up a delicious and healthy lemon garlic chicken in less than 30 minutes, perfect for a flavorful weeknight dinner.
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 457kcal

Ingredients

  • 8-10 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 4-6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • A few lemon wedges for baking

Instructions

  • Prep the Garlic Oil: Start by gently simmering the minced garlic in ¼ cup of olive oil over low heat in a pan. Aim for about 4-5 minutes, just until the garlic is fragrant but not browned. This process infuses the oil with a rich garlic flavor without the bitterness that comes from browning.
  • Flavor Infusion: Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, fresh thyme, and dried oregano to the garlic oil. Season with a pinch of salt and stir gently. This creates a zesty and aromatic base that’s going to flavor our chicken beautifully.
  • Arrange the Chicken: Pour your flavorful garlic-lemon mixture into the bottom of a baking dish. Place your chicken thighs skin side up, ensuring they’re snug but not overcrowded. Drizzle a bit more olive oil over the chicken and season generously with salt and pepper. Tuck lemon wedges around the chicken for that extra burst of citrus as it bakes.
  • Bake: Cook in a preheated 400°F oven for about 30 minutes. You’re looking for the chicken to reach an internal temperature of 165°F. For that irresistible golden crust, broil for an additional minute or two.
  • Rest and Serve: Let the chicken rest for about 10 minutes once out of the oven. This is crucial for keeping it juicy and flavorful.

Nutrition

Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 379mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 184IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg

I love serving this lemon garlic chicken with a side of garlic cauliflower mash for a low carb, comforting meal. This dish is a wonderful blend of tangy, herby, and savory flavors—all coming together in less than 30 minutes. Perfect for a busy weeknight but elegant enough for guests, this lemon garlic chicken is sure to become a favorite in your meal rotation.

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