Irresistible Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs

Irresistible Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs. Quick and easy! -

One of my lifelong quests is creating great tasting recipe that are quick and easy to make.  Chicken seems to be a universal favorite judging from how quickly any recipes containing it is gobbled up as well as the track record on my Pinterest Mouthwatering Recipes board.  People do love their chicken! Today I’m sharing a favorite: Irresistible Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs.

Irresistible Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs. Quick and easy! -

I have a favorite way to cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts to ensure they are moist and flavorful every time.  They are seared on either side and taken off the heat and covered for 8-10 minutes.  You’d never imagine they could actually cook that quickly but they do.  It’s a great method for a main dish like these Pink Peppercorn Sherry Cream Chicken or to add on top of a salad like this Tarragon Pesto Chicken Breast with Dressed Greens.

Irresistible Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs. Quick and easy! -

As much as I appreciate the speed and ease of these chicken breasts, the chicken thigh is my absolute favorite part of a chicken.  I’ve loved it since I was a child for the flavor, meat texture, size and of course the crispy skin when cooked well.  They are so easy to cook in a skillet or baked in the oven.  The spices can be easily changed up and they are done in 30-40 minutes.

Irresistible Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs. Quick and easy! -

I can’t resist lemon flavor with chicken (my mouth is watering just in writing that).  I’ve been craving a chicken thigh dish with lemon and today I’m sharing it with you too!  This Irresistible Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs recipe is a braised dish with the chicken seared on first making the skin perfectly crisp.  Added to the skillet or pan is garlic and shallots, lemon juice and chicken broth.  Super simple.  There is a good amount of broth so if desired potato wedges could even be stuck in the pan in the oven was with this recipe.  Otherwise the pan juices can be strained to drizzle over the chicken perhaps with some Roasted Lavender Potatoes?

Irresistible Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs. Quick and easy! -

Irresistible Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings (2 thighs per serving)

This recipe is simple and quick to make. Only a handful of ingredients are required and the result is a dish bursting with flavor! Searing of the chicken thighs leaves the skin crisp, and the meat succulent. The braising process fully develops the flavors and a lovely broth perfect to drizzle over the chicken when serving.

Selecting uniformly sized chicken thighs will allow the most uniform cooking results.


  • 8 bone-in skin-on Chicken Thighs
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 6 Garlic Cloves, diced
  • 1 cup chopped Shallot
  • ½ cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth/Stock


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rinse chicken thighs and pat dry with a paper towel. Salt and Pepper on both sides.
  2. In a large oven-proof skillet with high sides and a lid (or a braising pan), melt the olive oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add the chicken thighs and brown on both sides. _Note: turning the thighs helps ensure the skin will not stick to the pan and separate from the chicken._Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add the garlic and shallots to the pan and sauté until the shallots become limp; about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the lemon juice and chicken broth/stock to the pan and stir to remove any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer and add the chicken thighs back to the pan.
  5. Place the lid on the pan and put the pan in the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for an additional 15 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken thighs reaches 160-165 degrees (it will continue to cook when removed from the oven).
  6. Remove chicken from the skillet. If desired, strain the cooking liquid through a sieve to drizzle over chicken when served.

Irresistible Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs. Quick and easy! -


  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    Those sound ah-mazing. I Love pretty much anything with garlic, but this sound like you took it to the next level 🙂

  2. Pam says

    I love making chicken thighs. They have a lot more flavor than most chicken breast recipes! This looks like a meal my whole family would enjoy.

  3. says

    This recipe looks great! I am not a fan of chicken thighs but I think I will take this recipe and use it on chicken breasts instead. I’m always looking for new recipes for chicken because we eat a lot of it at my house and we get tired of eating it the same way every time.

  4. Ann Bacciaglia says

    Chicken is my favorite meat to cook with. This recipe looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to try this recipe on the weekend.

  5. Kim Croisant says

    My husband does most of the cooking and he loves to cook thighs and legs – I’ll show him this – I do like the lemon too.

  6. Christina Aliperti says

    I have never really like thighs, but this looks amazing. I have to try this soon. I think I will pick up a pack of chicken thighs tonight and make this tomorrow.

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